Support Groups
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 Texas.
National Groups
Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.
Social Media
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 Texas.
Umbrella/Cover 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.
Group Management
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.
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Christian Homeschoolers in Austin
This group was created to provide a Christian environment to announce and discuss topics related to a Christian Homeschooling in Austin, TX and surrounding areas.
COFFEE History Co-Op
COFFEE History Co-Op is a member-led history co-op of homeschool parents. COFFEE History Co-op is a part of Your COFFEE House a non-profit corporation located in the Williamson County area and serving, Round Rock, Georgetown, Leander, Cedar Park, Hutto, Taylor and the North Austin Texas area.
Longview Area Relaxed Home Educators (LARHE)
LARHE (Longview Area Relaxed Home Educators) is an email support list for homeschoolers in the Longview area. They have a weekly Park Day, monthly Mom's Nights Out (MNOs), group field trips, information about local events, sharing of interesting websites, friendship (for themselves as well as for their kids) and general chitchat about life as homeschoolers. LARHE is an inclusive group; all faiths and beliefs are welcome as well as all methods and experience with homeschooling.
San Antonio's Home Education Resources and Opportunities (H.E.R.O.)
H.E.R.O. is a non-profit organization committed to providing access to opportunities and resources for home educators of all races, religions, philosophies, and education styles for expanding and improving their home education experience. H.E.R.O. is dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for home educators by raising the awareness of alternative education choices and increasing positive interactions within the San Antonio metro area community.
Christian Home Educators of The Colony (CHEC)
The vision and purpose of the CHEC Homeschool Support Group is to strengthen the family and ensure the success of home education through academic and spiritual support. The members of this support group strive to provide opportunities for families to share ideas, encourage one another, and participate in various types of activities.
Dallas Unschoolers Circle
Dallas Unschoolers Circle is made up of families from Dallas and the surrounding areas who follow a self-directed or child-led approach to learning. They meet bi-monthly at local parks giving the kids the opportunity to engage in unstructured play and the parents the opportunity to socialize and support each other on their journey.
Flower Mound Family Unschoolers Network
An email group for families in the Flower Mound/DFW area who have chosen to unschool.
Texas Rural Unschoolers
Texas Rural Unschoolers is a support group for unschoolers (and those wanting to unschool) who live in rural areas or small communities (urban dwellers are welcome, too).
Crossroads Home Educated Children (CHEC)
Crossroads Home Educated Children (CHEC) is a local non-profit Christian based support group serving families in the Crossroads area (Victoria, Texas and surrounding areas) who have made the decision to homeschool their children. CHEC accepts all applicants regardless of age, race, religion or lack of religion. CHEC seeks to be inclusive, reaching out to any and all who need support and encouragement in the area of homeschooling.
DFW School Free Education Zone
The DFW School Free Education Zone is a support group for parents/guardians of home-learners. These are unschoolers, believing that child-led learning is preferable to curriculum use.
aah-discuss
A discussion group for those interested in homeschooling in the Austin, Texas area.
Homeschoolers EXCEL
Homeschoolers EXCEL is an inclusive support group for homeschoolers seeking cooperative, non-sectarian, non-partisan educational and social opportunities. They have members from all parts of the Dallas, Texas metroplex who get together for field trips, co-op classes, parties and park days, and lots of fun. Members receive a monthly newsletter with information on EXCEL events and other activities of interest to homeschoolers.
West Houston Unschoolers
This email list is a group of Unschooling families in the Houston area.
North Texas Homeschoolers of 1
If you live in the North Texas area and homeschool just one child, this is the group for you. Discuss all that makes this a great situation and exchange information.
Plano Family Unschoolers Network
This is a group for unschoolers, unschool-learning, and unschool-curious in the Plano/DFW, Texas area.
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