Alaska Homeschool Groups & Co-ops
Whether you are new to homeschooling or are a veteran homeschooler, you might like to find support and community with others who you can turn to for guidance and encouragement. Finding a local or virtual homeschool group based in Alaska can help you with just that. Parents can get advice and encouragement from others who have been on the homeschooling path longer than they have, and children can interact with other students who are getting their education in the same customized way.
Below, you can find some of the homeschool support groups available throughout the state of Alaska. You will also discover a unique type of outgrowth of homeschool support groups called a “cooperative” (or co-op).
Homeschool Support Groups in Alaska
Most social groups for homeschoolers in Alaska connect online to coordinate meetups. Here is a compilation of some of the Alaska homeschool groups that can offer you support:
Even if there are not any local homeschool groups nearby, you don’t have to give up on the idea of finding a support system. The internet is full of virtual support groups for homeschoolers, including Time4Learning’s own Alaska parent forum.
Alaska Homeschool Co-ops
Sometimes a large or established homeschool group will desire more formal learning experiences. This can lead to the creation of a cooperative (or “co-op”). The idea behind co-ops is to offer homeschoolers group learning opportunities. This can be particularly beneficial for classes and extracurriculars where multi-student participation is ideal, such as for physical education, lab science, or band. Many places now offer homeschool S.T.E.A.M get-togethers as well. Often, parents who organize a co-op agree to take turns teaching or volunteering in other ways to keep the group sustainable and affordable for all families.
An example of a homeschool co-op in Alaska is the Faith Homeschool Connection. There is also the Valley Christian Coop. The wonderful thing about co-ops is that if there are none in your area, using the support groups from the links above, you can join with other homeschoolers near you to create a local group.
Benefits of Joining a Homeschool Group or Co-op
The top benefit of joining an Alaskan homeschool group or co-op near you is to connect with other families who have made the choice to home educate. But there are many other benefits to networking with a group that you may or may not have considered, such as:
- Homeschool curriculum advice
- Discovering local resources
- Academic groups, clubs, and fairs
- Opportunities to participate in unique extracurricular activities
- Group discounts on field trips
- Counsel from seasoned homeschoolers
- Park play dates
- Notifications about local educational activities and classes
- A safe place to vent or celebrate
Additional Resources for Homeschooling in Alaska
Have other questions about homeschooling in Alaska? You may find the following pages helpful.