“You’re going to homeschool your children?? Aren’t you worried about socialization?!”
It’s so cliche it’s funny. Fortunately, the stereotype of the overly sheltered, anti-social homeschoolers has started to wane. The new stereotypical homeschool kid is interest-driven, sociable with all age groups, and often very comfortable talking with adults and taking on leadership roles within groups. That’s due, in part, to homeschooling families being so proactive about finding people and activities for their kids to interact with!
As a homeschool mom, I’ve asked on facebook and in person from other homeschoolers about groups, co-ops, and other classes that my kids might be able to participate in. Honestly…the options were TOO MANY rather than too few.
Options range from casual playgroup coordinating to full-curriculum, part-time school. With so many options, it can be difficult to narrow down just what you need. Connecting with other homeschooling families is a great way to learn more about the options. Personally, I love the groups that coordinate field trips so we can get group rates and enrichment that I might not think (or know about) to plan!
Co-ops and Education Offerings
Kings Academy Tyler, TX
Cottage Garden Tyler, TX
Venture at Pine Cove, Tyler, TX
Harrison Educational Enrichment Center (Montessori) Tyler, Tx
CHEMPA Mount Pleasant, TX
TORCH (Texarkana Organization for Resolute Christian Homeschoolers) Texarkana, TX
EXEL Co-op in Canton, TX
The Armory Homeschool Cooperative Palestine, TX
Visit Heart of Texas to search for support Groups in your area.
Connecting with other families in your area can help you find more resources and coordinate outings that fit your schedule!
Kaufman Area Homeschool Facebook Group
East Texas Homeschooling Book Swap Facebook Group
East Texas Homeschool Hangout Facebook Group
South of Greenville Friday Friends Facebook Group
Tot School Facebook Group for Moms
That long list is just what I came up with by asking in the groups I’m involved in and a few online searches. I’m sure there’s lots more in the East Texas area. Fortunately, we have a large and active homeschool community. If you know of any other group that would like to be added to the list, please comment below or email me at [email protected]!