Even though some of its loudest critics label homeschooling as a fundamentally antisocial enterprise, that assertion could not be further from the truth, at least in the modern era. The advent of certain technologies has decreased the necessity for isolation when attending home school. For homeschooling the future truly has arrived.
There are social issues that crop up when homeschooling your child. Removing them from their peer group can be a painful decision. And it affects your socialization as well. By taking the time to do something as intensive as educating your own child you are allocating a huge portion of your free time to a cause.
Parents who homeschool are some of the most driven people on this planet. The need to take something as important as the development of your child’s mind into your own hands is extremely responsible. It can be a great feeling to know you are sending your child down the right paths of learning and toward the best future possible. But there are downsides as well.
You will not only be spending a lot of time alone with your child, you might lose some friends who do not understand your methods and strongly believe in the public school system. Sounds exceedingly shallow but I have seen it happen. This has haunted homeschoolers for decades, this ostracizing from the world around them for daring to teach their child.
The modern era has changed all of that. Thanks to the power of the Internet, all homeschoolers are united. A mother from a mountaintop home in Switzerland can give advice to a father teaching his child in Hawaii! There are numerous online support groups that function as a source of constant hope and encouragement for those who have become members.
You can exchange strategies, talk about the best supplemental correspondence courses to use, or just talk about things in general, content that you have found others like you. These support systems have become a backbone for the homeschooling movement.
To create your own all you need is a web page and some promotions. You can also have actual real-life meetings and make it regional as well as universal. The best sites do both of these things. That way you can come into physical contact with other homeschoolers and study the specifics of homeschooling in your area, but also exchange support with people the whole world over.
You will need to advertise it. Bulletin boards are ideal for this. Laundromats and places like that usually have them, and you can just walk up and tack your ad onto them. Make sure to include a phone number for those who do not have Internet access. Another way to advertise your site is to enter it into the search engines and pick keywords related to homeschooling.
There are a lot of places that can help get you started in the process. Pick any you want, but my personal favorite has always been homeschool.com/supportgroups
Homeschool support groups empower the whole enterprise. Socialization is the only real thing public schools ever had over homeschooling anyway, and the Internet has reduced that negative to almost none.