Connecticut Homeschool Groups & Co-ops
As a homeschooler, it’s important to have a strong support system, especially when first starting out. Homeschool groups and co-ops help fill this need by providing guidance, resources, and information to all kinds of homeschooling families.
While some groups may cater to a particular kind of belief system or geographical area, they all share one goal: to support families on their homeschool journey in any way they can.
Most homeschool groups host events and activities such as graduations and dances that children may otherwise miss out on. They also schedule field trips, classes, academic competitions, curriculum fairs, and more.
Below you’ll find information on some of the Connecticut homeschool groups and co-ops available and how these groups can benefit your family.
- Homeschool Groups in Connecticut
- Connecticut Homeschool Co-ops
- Benefits of Joining a Homeschool Group or Co-op
- Additional Resources for Homeschooling in Connecticut
*This should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws and rules that you will be homeschooling under.
Homeschool Groups in Connecticut
Connecticut offers a number of homeschool support groups in different parts of the state for families to take advantage of. While some of these groups are Christian-based or focused in certain areas, there are many that are secular and/or cater to homeschoolers in the entire state. Some groups may also be aimed at a particular type of homeschooling method or approach.
Families can join as many homeschool groups as they like. Each one will offer different opportunities and resources for both parents and students, thereby enhancing the homeschool experience.
In addition to finding groups by way of a Google search, many social groups for homeschoolers can also be found on Facebook. Below are just a few homeschool groups in Connecticut. You can also check out the Connecticut Parents Forum on Time4Learning.
To find additional groups in the state, including virtual homeschool groups, visit A2ZHomeschooling.com for a full list of Connecticut support groups.
Connecticut Homeschool Co-ops
Homeschool co-ops in Connecticut (and other locations) allow families to work cooperatively to achieve certain goals. Co-ops bring homeschooling families together for classes, events and activities that are usually led by parents who volunteer their time. Most co-ops are known for offering group classes for students. Usually it’s parents who teach a particular subject such as math, writing, Spanish, etc. These classes can supplement what a student is already learning at home or even provide an ‘elective’ outside the home.
Some families might think that a co-op is the same as homeschool group, but there are differences. For the most part, a support group’s goal is usually to provide resources and information to parents, as well as offer special events for students. Although homeschool co-ops can also offer some of these opportunities too, they are more geared toward classes and the overall education of students.
As with homeschool support groups, some co-ops cater to particular religions or homeschool styles, so be sure to do your research before making a final decision.
Benefits of Joining a Homeschool Group or Co-op
There are so many benefits to being a part of a homeschool group or co-op. Being able to meet and bond with other like-minded families can arm parents with the information and guidance to homeschool with confidence. In addition, students can be a part of group events and activities where they can meet and get to know other homeschoolers and build lifelong friendships.
- Supportive environment to seek and offer advice
- Opportunity for students to meet and socialize with other homeschoolers
- Group activities such as field trips, academic competitions, sports, and more
- Informative meetings and conferences for parents to keep up to date on homeschooling news, laws and curricula
- Discounts on educational materials and supplies
- Group classes help parents who are having difficulty teaching a particular subject
For homeschooling families in Connecticut who don’t feel comfortable or have difficulty teaching a particular subject, joining a co-op can be especially beneficial. Since Connecticut homeschooling laws require a list of specific subjects to be taught, co-op classes can help fill this need by providing the necessary instruction for students.
Additional Resources for Homeschooling in Connecticut
Have other questions about homeschooling in Connecticut? You may find the following pages helpful.