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I was wondering if anyone here had started a support or social group for homeschoolers in their area? If so, how did you go about it? I haven't been able to find any group in our area and have been thinking about starting one in the next couple years. I would like my kids to be able to meet and make friends with other kids who are homeschooled - I think it is important for them to not feel like they are the "only" homeschooled kids. I would also like the social aspect of being able to talk with other homeschooling parents face to face and share our ideas, lessons, materials, etc...
I didn't "start" one, per se. I spun-off one from an existing group. There are several groups in my area (Austin). Someone started a BigTent group for preschoolers, and then a year later, I spun off a group for grade schoolers from that group. We primarily do field trips and "playdates with a purpose" (like multicultural potluck/storytimes, or the kids play while the moms talk about how to make a workbox system). Personally, I don't like BigTent. I prefer forums like this (vBulletin) or Yahoo groups. Everything has its perks and limitations, though. Consider whether or not you'll need a database, a calendar, etc. when setting up the group. To advertise, post announcements on Facebook, on community bulletin boards (like the library), and things like that. You can also post your group's info online like this: New Jersey Homeschool Groups, Events, & Activities