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Are There Homeschooling Groups?
Q: I need help on how to go about finding a homeschool group in my area of Connecticut.
Can I join an existing homeschool group and pay to have my child taught? I do not feel I am qualified to teach the upper grades from eight on up, and I work full-time. However, I'm willing to change my work hours if I could find alternative education for my son.
My child currently hates every minute of middle school. The pressures these kids have now is unbelievable. He has tremendous stress and low self-esteem due to his difficulties with writing. He reads and comprehends fine. No one has been able to help with the problem to date.
A: In general, homeschooling is usually done by a parent or guardian. Additional classes, activities, or group learning experiences may supplement your son's basic course of study. I suggest you begin your homeschool adventure by doing some reading and research about homeschooling. My favorite book for new homeschooling parents is Linda Dobson's The Homeschooling Book of Answers. You'll also find a wealth of information in our topic area, "How Do I Homeschool."
Connecticut has a large and very active homeschool community. Many of these parents were once in your shoes and found a way to make homeschooling work for them. I suggest you contact homeschool support and resource groups in your vicinity. Speaking with other parents who homeschool will give you the confidence to take whatever steps are necessary to free your son from the failure trap he is currently facing each day.
Be sure to visit our homeschool channel for more information. You'll find great articles, helpful advice, and the latest information on homeschooling. Good luck!
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Isabel Shaw is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom of 15 years. She and her husband Ray homeschool their two daughters, Jessica and Amanda. Besides being a contributor to FamilyEducation.com, Shaw has written for Home Education Magazine, The Link, Homeschooling Horizons Magazine, The Homeschool Gazette, and other publications.