Maine Homeschool Groups & Co-ops
Are you a homeschooler in the Pine Tree State looking for group activities, enrichment classes, and encouragement? If so, you’ve come to the right place. There are a wide variety of homeschool support groups to choose from all throughout the state. Regardless of where you live or what your homeschool approach is, you are sure to find a Maine homeschool group that is in line with your family’s goals and values.
Whether you’re a new homeschooler seeking advice and information, or an experienced homeschooler looking for new ideas, this page will fill you in on the many homeschool support groups as well as homeschool co-ops in Maine that can help make your homeschool journey a fun, successful, and rewarding experience.
Maine Homeschool Support Groups
Homeschoolers in Maine looking for encouragement, resources, and activities for their children need not look far. No matter where you live in the Pine Tree State, you are sure to find a homeschool support group near you.
Regardless of your worldview, religious beliefs, or homeschool approach, families in Maine have numerous homeschool support groups to choose from. Although each specific group may have a different way of operating, most were created because there was a need for local families to come together to share advice, find support, and socialize through fun activities and events.
Although many of Maine’s homeschool support groups meet on a regular basis at specific locations, a lot of them also have a strong online presence on Facebook and Yahoo Groups, which helps keep families up-to-date on news, special events, field trips, and more.
Below are a few Maine homeschool groups families can reach out to.
Be sure to visit Time4Learning’s Maine parent forum where you’ll be able to connect with other families in the Pine Tree State and discover additional resources.
Maine Homeschool Co-ops
Homeschool co-ops in Maine are similar to homeschool groups in that they provide support and information to families, however, co-ops (cooperatives) are mostly known for providing enrichment classes to students. Co-ops typically meet once or twice a week during the school year and, depending on the co-op, providing classes on subjects like math, history, and art. Most co-op classes are taught by parents who volunteer their time.
EarthSchool of Southern Maine is one example of a co-op that provides a variety of classes to students from preschool to high school. Started in 2011, this nonprofit meets on a weekly basis in two different locations in Maine, making it easy for families from different areas to participate.
SEEK Homeschool Co-op is another homeschool co-op in Maine that offers classes for students throughout the school year as well as opportunities for parents to get together and share information. There are fees associated with enrolling for classes at SEEK, and parents are also encouraged to take an active role within the co-op by volunteering their time in any number of positions.
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Benefits of Joining a Homeschool Group or Co-op
From field trips and park days to used curriculum sales and advice, there is so much opportunity for both parents and students when they join a homeschool support group. Knowing you have someone to turn to when you have homeschooling questions, especially if you are just starting out, can help get your homeschool experience off to a positive start. Even experienced homeschoolers find that being a part of a homeschool group helps prevent burnout by keeping things fun and exciting.
Many homeschool support groups are known for hosting special events so that students have plenty of opportunities to socialize and make new friends.
Other benefits of joining a homeschool support group or co-op include:
- Discounts to local attractions and homeschool events
- Enrichment classes, field trips and other group activities
- Special events like proms, graduations, and dances
- Access to resources, support and guidance from other families
- Opportunity to learn from more experienced homeschoolers
- Supportive environment where you can ask questions and receive advice
Additional Resources for Homeschooling in Maine
If you have any other questions about homeschooling in Maine, you may find the following pages helpful.
- Homeschooling in Maine
- Maine Homeschooling Laws
- Maine Homeschool Associations
- Homeschool Field Trips in Maine
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