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We are looking into the k12 program, and feel it is the best program for our family.<br><br>
Friends that have hs in the past (their kids are all grown) have told us we should be part of a hs group (other hs families). However, we are wondering if this means others that are "doing" the same hs program, or just hs in general.<br><br>
So, any ideas???<br><br>
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I'd assume they meant just homeschoolers in general. I know of one person who uses K12, someone who uses Oak Meadow, a bunch of people who use who knows what (it's never come up in conversation) and more than a few unschoolers. You really don't need to find someone who homeschools exactly like you do. It's just nice to know other homeschoolers.<br><br>
You may not need a group per se. It depends on how social you and your kids are. I am part of a group, but I get a lot more out of the simple homeschooling friendships we have struck up.<br><br>
I do recommend seeking out other homeschoolers whether in a group or one family at a time. It's just so nice to know that you are not the only ones doing this!<br><br>
Plus, you can call them up for company when you go to the zoo or the playground in the middle of a school day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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*Look on the internet<br>
*Call churches in your area (if you want a religious group)<br>
*Ask other HS families<br><br>
All HS'ing families have a different way that works for them..so you'll never find a group that is doing exactly what you are. If you join a group it will just be HS'ers in general. A group where you can go for support, questions, co-ops, share info, activities for the kids, etc.<br><br>
In our HS group for example there are some families that use the same curriculum but in different ways. Those of us that use KONOS have a co-op w/in the large group where we can share ideas and activities w/ each other. But w/in that small KONOS co-op, we all use KONOS differently. I think some of the Moms have a Sonlight and a Well Trained Mind CoOp. The majority of our groups activities have nothing to do w/ what curriculum everyone uses. We have field trips, Christmas Play, CoOp, Year End Program, etc.<br><br>
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You could start with a state-wide homeschool group nd see if they have county contacts who could put you in touch with local groups.<br><br>
In California, where homeschooling is a Big Thing, there are often 3 or 4 groups within one geographical area. There may not be a specific k12 group, but here there are unschooling groups and Christian groupsand co-op groups and inclusive groups, and they all have a different "feel" to them. So, if the first group you find isn't a good fit for you, keeping looking.<br><br>
One place to start is here <a href="http://www.midnightbeach.com/hs" target="_blank">Jon's Homeschool webpage</a><br><br>
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Being part of a group is a personal choice, but if your looking to find one go to <a href="http://www.hslda.org" target="_blank">www.hslda.org</a> and check in the section for your state. There is often a state wide organization and links to local groups too.
 

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H$LDA will tend to link to Christian, school-at-home groups... just FYI.<br><br>
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Oh, forgot to mention, also try doing a search on yahoogroups with "homeschooling" and your state. I'm currently with two groups (one official, one just casual friends who happen to homeschool). Both groups have Yahoo email lists but neither is listed with HSLDA or Jon's or any website. In any given area there are probably tons of little groups who aren't "official" in anyone's eyes.
 

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I found a small group on unschooling.com. We've since added a few families, and now have unschoolers, a Charlotte Mason family, and some eclectic more-or-less unschoolers like us. Our activities are more about socialization than academics, so it doesn't matter that our methods are a little different. We're all AP families, and we all reject controlling, dogmatic philosophies. It seems that what we have in common as parents is a lot more important than our different educational choices.
 
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