Finding a local support group that fits your needs takes a little research. Because support groups run independent of any statewide organization, as their own entities, there is no 'master list' of all homeschool support groups in Indiana. However, it is worth the effort to find a group. Often the support and friendships made in these groups are what enriches your homeschool experience and helps you to 'hang in there.'
Here are ideas for you to begin the hunt for a group in your area:
You can contact your local IAHE Region Rep, check with a county contact from IHEN, look at the IDOE Home Schooling Support Organizations page or look on-line at some of the national organization websites (like Homeschool World) which have state pages, and a support group in your area may be listed. Additionally, ask the children's dept. librarian at your local library because they are often aware of area support groups.
Local Support Group Listings:
Although the IFHS has many support groups on our mailing list, we will not list them on our website without their permission. If your group is willing to be listed on our website, please have someone from your leadership e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beyonders: A Christian homeschool support group located on the far-east side of Indianapolis, providing opportunities for growth, interaction and fellowship among families with students in the 10-18 year-old range (those who will soon be "beyond" homeschool), as well as their younger siblings. Regularly scheduled activities include family park/gym days, inspiration nights, and additional special fellowship opportunities for the 10-18 year-olds. For more information, contact Carol Reynolds at email@example.com.
Columbus Area Home Educators, CAHE (pronounced Kay) is an email network of 200+ families for the purpose of supporting and encouraging homeschool families in Bartholomew County and the surrounding counties. This support is provided by: (1) encouraging its members to look for ways to build up the homeschool community and motivate one another by organizing co-ops, classes, events, fieldtrips, and activities, (2) providing the means of communication to share the events membership families organize, collect, and send through the network, and (3) sponsoring events for the purpose of networking, building relationships, and nurturing homeschool families. CAHE is founded on the Bible and our events are from a Christian worldview. However, CAHE is open to all home school families and will advertise all items it receives which are not counter to that criteria. To sign up for our free email network, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Corydon Homeschool Support Group (CHSG) is a group of mainly Christian home educators (although all are welcome) who look for ways to support each other and create opportunities for socialization and other enriching educational activities for our families. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at 2pm at Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon, IN. Currently we have no formal membership requirements or dues. Please "like" us on Facebook to stay updated on our events. If you have questions or would like to be included in our email loop, please send emails to email@example.com.
Eastside Home School Connection (EHSC) support group meets on the eastside of Indianapolis.
Fort Wayne Area Home Schools - A Christian home school support group serving the Fort Wayne Area. FWAHS publishes a quarterly newsletter, hosts an annual resource expo and provides various opportunities for home schoolers to encourage one another.
Greater Lafayette Home Educators Association (GLHEA) is a Christian organization with Christian leadership which exists to provide information for ALL families interested in home education, to facilitate communication among home schoolers in the area, and to organize specific activities for these home schoolers.
Heritage Family Educators is a Christian, nonprofit, all volunteer homeschooling cooperative in Harrison Co., IN. We offer 1 day a week classes in two semesters which run Aug.-Dec., and Jan.-May. Our first semester begins in Aug. 2012. We invite you to visit our website www.homeschool-life.com/in.hfe for further information.
HsLife is an inclusive, yahoo-based, activity and homeschool support group based in Porter County. Members come from surrounding counties as well, and the group provides monthly support meetings for the parents, field trips, and co-ops. To learn more, interested families can visit http://www.hslife.org/ to read more about the group and find joining information.
HomeSchools United, Inc. (HSU) is a homeschool support group that has been helping new and seasoned home educators in Madison County and surrounding areas for over twenty years. The primary purpose is to encourage and support homeschool families in their endeavor to educate their children at home. Throughout the years, HSU has provided countless homeschooling parents with the information and encouragement they needed to continue home educating their children. HSU offers unique activities during the school year to supplement the education of your children and to support parents in the ups and downs of the homeschooling adventure. To contact HSU visit their website http://www.hsu1.com/ , use the voicemail line: (888) 678-9011, or email HSUmailbox@yahoogroups.com .
Jackson County Christian Homeschoolers meet at Seymour Harvest Church, 414 S. Chestnut Street, Seymour, IN on the 2nd Tuesday of every month August through May at 6pm. They we offer: Teaching Co-op, Christmas Program, Family Outings every other month, field trips, loving support. Contact person: Pegi Bricker, 523-5058
Indiana Homeschool Support is a ministry of Grace Bible Baptist Church, located in New Paris, Indiana. The group has been operating for over 14 years and offers Friday activities (such as P.E., foreign language, & literature), field trips, kindergarten and high school graduations, and curriculum ordering options. Students that complete all four years of high school with the group receive a 1 semester scholarship to the Indiana Fundamental Bible College. Contact them at (574) 831-3770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackson County Christian Homeschoolers meet at Seymour Harvey Church, in Seymour, IN on the 2nd Tuesday of every month August - May at 6pm. They offer: Teaching Co-Op, Christmas Program, Family Outings every other month, field trips, & loving support. Contact person: Pegi Bricker, 523-5058.
LaPorte County Christian Home School Association (LPCCHSA) is a non-denominational Christian group consisting of individual families with diverse doctrinal positions. Activities include: monthly nursing home outreach, field trips, monthly skating party, newsletter, gymnastics, parents' night, online forum, support, art show, and cross country. It also sponsors activities that are not possible for individual families to do on their own such as the spelling bee and name-that-book contest, which compete with area schools.
Northeastern Indiana Catholic Home Educators (NICHE, formerly TORCH) provides spiritual, service, social, field trip, and other activity opportunities for families in the Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. Attendance at activities is open to all persons, single or married, regardless of religious affiliation, whether home schooling or non-home schooling.
Shelby County Christian Home Educators has Co-op classes for preschool - high school on Fridays from 9:00-12:15. Classes are supplementary and interactive. Typically no grades are given to students. Must have at least one school age child to place another child in preschool or nursery. Parent involvement required. Student fees are $20 for each of first two children, extra children discounted. Must sign statement of faith. Coop size averages about 65 children and 30 families and meets at Shelbyville Community Church. For more information contact Markita Daulton at email@example.com.
Southeastern Indiana Christian Home Educators (SEICHE) operates as a unifying association for Christian home school groups which are made up of local group families. Events include: support group meetings, field trips, teen events, and other family activities; an Information Fair, Mom's Retreat, Graduation, Family Campout, and Orientation for new home schoolers. A newsletter, forum, and web site keeps members informed. Meeting locations are in Bright (Dearborn Co.), Brookville (Franklin Co.), Dillsboro (southern Dearborn Co.) and Sunman (Ripley Co.) with members in Dearborn, Ripley, Franklin, Fayette, Decatur, and Ohio Counties.
Southside Christian Homeschool Academy (SCHA) is a group of Christian educators organized to provide credit-worthy high school courses to home schooled students. Our classes meet once a week for two hours each in the Greenwood area. We offer a variety of science, math, english, social science, foreign language, and elective courses. All classes are taught by experienced, degreed, Christian teachers. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwestern Indiana Home Educators provide encouragement to area home schoolers through educational opportunities, such as monthly fellowship coffees, printed literature, publication of a regional newsletter, resource packets for prospective/new home school families, conduct an annual "Home school Information Day" and sponsor an annual regional convention.
The Elkhart Area Christian Home Educators is a Christian group offering support, resources, and opportunities for home educators to meet and encourage one another by organizing field trips, educational and extracurricular activities.
Wabash Valley Homeschool Association (WaVaHo), based in Terre Haute, is an eclectic group encompassing very different backgrounds and teaching styles. WaVaHo generally meets twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) for gym time, some organized activities, group field trips and parties. Anyone is welcome to join us for any and all activities. We have no membership fees and no requirements for membership.
Wawasee Area Homeschoolers is a homeschool group in Kosciusko County. They welcome all interested families from the North Central part of the state. They provide field trips, educational events, and social events. They are fortunate enough to have the use of an area camp for some of their activities. One thing that makes them unique from some homeschool organizations is that they ahve a large group of teens homeschooling through High School. However, they do have all age groups represented and are not solely a group for teens. If you are interested in this group, please contact Diana Woolley at email@example.com , or call 574-457-4745.
White River Home Educators (WRHE) serves Northern Johnson County/Southern Marion County homeschooling families. WRHE membership includes the following: e-mail communications pertinent to home schooling, monthly support meetings, planned family and student activities, weekly enrichment classes for age groups pre-k through high school, academic competitions, field trips, and events. Weekly academic enrichment classes are held at Southland Community Church, located on Smith Valley Road in Greenwood. The group's size ranges from 50-100 families. Applications for the following school year are due by the middle of May. The annual membership cost is $55. A late fee of $10 is due after May 13th. No applications will be accepted after July 31st. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and/or an application.
INTERESTED IN STARTING A SUPPORT GROUP?
Here are somesuggestions:
A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling has a site page dedicated to support groups and support group leaders.
National Home Education Network (NHEN) has a page for Support Group leaders and also offers an E-mail discussion list to help those starting a new support group. To subscribe, send a blank E-mail to: NHEN-NewSGemail@example.com
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