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Support Groups in Florida
Homeschoolers have created networks of support to provide a way to make friends, get ideas and information, and to offer positive socialization opportunties to their children. You can join in! There are many groups to choose from, many with specific affiliations, like Christian groups or unschoolers' groups. Some are eclectic, inclusive, and open to anyone. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find other like-minded parents. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we've put together tips for starting your own group.

 
Local & State Groups
  Support groups offer a way for those interested in homeschooling or new to home education to get information and support. They also offer opportunities for social activities, group learning, and networking. Find a support group near you in Florida.

National Groups
  Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.

Email Groups & Lists
  Connecting via email can be a life-line for anyone who is looking for support, guidance, information, and friendship. Many support groups rely on email lists to facilitate communication and to pass along information and ideas. Browse through these group to find some that might meet your needs.

Forums & Message Boards
  Message boards and forums are like the public squares of homeschooling. Come and find ongoing discussion covering every aspect of homeschooling imaginable.

Social Networking
  Connect with other homeschooling using social networking tools. You can share tips and ideas, get support, collaborate on lesson plans, upload photos, and much more.

Co-Ops
  A co-op offers a way to share teaching duties with others who are excited and knowledgeable about a subject. It also offers an opportunity for your children to learn in a group and to make friends. Browse through this list of co-ops in Florida.

Cover/Umbrella Schools
  An umbrella or cover school provides an alternative way for parents to fulfill governmental educational guidelines and requirements. Most offer a variety of services, which can include curricula, social activities, field trips, standardized testing, portfolio reviews, evaluations, and graduation materials, including diplomas. While umbrella schools do tend to the needs of homeschoolers, they are considered a type of private school in most states.

Resource Centers
  Homeschool resource centers offer classes, materials, field trips, and other activities for parents and children alike. They are great ways to get new information, engage in group activities, and network with other homeschoolers.

Public School Programs
  Public schools are increasing offering programs to appeal to homeschooling families, from classes to educational materials to computer and distance learning. In most cases, students enrolled in these programs are considered public school students rather than homeschoolers. Learn more about these programs and decide if these are right for your family.

Private School Homeschool Programs
Support Group Management: Starting & Running a Support Group
  Learn how to start and manage a homeschool support group, including how to stay organized, how to handle conflict, and ideas for your support group.


Featured Articles & Links Back to Top
Starting a Homeschool Cooperative
Marsha Ransom
Many homeschoolers have found that involvement with a homeschool cooperative enhances their homeschooling experience. Some children thrive with the small group experience, so enrolling them in some group activities and classes will nurture that need. Keeping classes and activities small enables families to reap the benefits of the classroom setting with none of the drawbacks. Volunteers can serve as helpers and aides, keeping the ratio of student to adult low, as recommended by educational research. This article discusses some tips for starting a homeschool cooperative.
My Homeschool Place
My Homeschool Place is a friendly homeschool community where members gather to talk about their homeschool jouneys. Sign up for a free MHSP account and enjoy your own personal website where you can create blog entries, upload photos, video, create calendar events, view friends, and much more. You are able to upload artwork, lessons, work sheets, photos of outings, recipies, and much more. You can also apply to join any of the existing network groups or create your own. Inside each of the existing network groups there are group blogs, photos, videos, calendars and forums to connect with other members in the group.
K12 Florida (K12FL)
This group is for folks in Florida currently using K12 or thinking about using K12, Dr. William Bennett's online curriculum. Discussions include homeschooling with K12, charter schooling with K12, and education/life with kids in general.
Home Educated with Learning Potentials (HELP)
1624 Smith Street
Orange Park, FL 32073
Phone: 904-269-1030

HELP is a non-traditional private school for special needs children and their families in the Jacksonville/Orange Park areas of Florida. Families provide advice and friendship to each other through weekly support meetings. They warmly welcome any family of a child with learning and/or medical special needs regardless of schooling styles and philosophies.
Home Educators' Network of Central Florida
Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, Volusia County, Florida
Home Educators' Network of Central Florida is a homeschooling group in Central Florida (Orlando area). They provide mentors to new homeschoolers, hold classes and co-ops including art, book club, history, science and foreign language, and also meet for social interaction, playdates and fun.


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