Nebraska Homeschool Groups & Co-ops
Whether you’re starting to homeschool or have been doing it for a while, connecting with local homeschoolers is an important step in your homeschooling journey. Since the rise of homeschooling in the Cornhusker state, Nebraska homeschool groups are easier to come by. Part of the greatest benefits of joining homeschool support groups in Nebraska are the group activities and events for parents, students, and the whole family. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to add a heaping dose of FUN into your homeschool and to interact and develop friendships with those who share your same educational philosophy and oftentimes, your faith.
Nebraska Homeschool Support Groups
Wherever you are at in your homeschooling journey, being responsible for your children’s education is a big role. You will no doubt have questions, concerns, and challenges along the way. Connecting with fellow homeschoolers is key to a rewarding homeschooling experience. Homeschoolers are typically eager to help by sharing their unique challenges and creative solutions as well as general parenting advice for weary homeschool dads and moms who’ve chosen to take on this herculean task in the first place. And, you too can serve as a mentor for younger, newer homeschooling families.
Many homeschooling support groups offer group activities and field trips, gently-used curriculum sales and swaps, park and gym days, monthly parent meetings, newsletters, science fairs and much more. To get you started in your search, we’ve compiled a list of some of the homeschool support groups throughout Nebraska:
- Bellevue Area Christian Homeschool Group (BACH)
- Catholic Homeschool Association of Omaha (CHAO)
- Elkhorn Quest Homeschool Support Group
- Heartland Home Schoolers
- North Platte Area Home Educators (NPAHE)
- South Central Christian Home Educators Association (SCCHEA)
- Valley Homeschool Association (VHSA)
- Omaha Homeschool Learning Center
Be sure to visit Time4Learning’s Nebraska parent forum where you’ll be able to connect with other families in The Cornhusker State and discover additional resources.
Nebraska Homeschool Co-ops
A great way to add enrichment to your homeschool is through participation in a homeschool cooperative or co-op which is often an extension of a local support group. Co-ops are created when like-minded homeschool parents sense a need for something more and thus form a co-op which typically offers group classes, clubs, events, and enrichment activities for homeschooling families within a local area. Group activities enhance your homeschool program by helping your students grow and adapt, face new challenges, and develop new skill sets–how to successfully collaborate on projects, the ability to recognize and accept others’ opinions as worthwhile, and to practice the fine art of public speaking, etc.
It’s highly worth it to consider joining a homeschooling co-op. Think about the following as you consider membership:
- Is the co-op secular, Christian, or all-inclusive?
- What is the group’s mission?
- What does the group calendar look like? Do the days and hours of operation fit in with our schedule?
- Does the group offer only classes or classes, clubs, and activities?
- Are parents required to volunteer time? If so, in what roles?
- What is the membership fee?
- Can we enroll in individual classes?
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Benefits of Joining a Homeschool Group or Co-op
Membership in a local support group and/or co-op empowers homeschooling parents to be the best they can be. In addition to being a source of support for homeschooling parents, local support groups and co-ops offer a multitude of benefits for both parents and students.
- Support, advice, and tips from more experienced veteran homeschoolers
- Participation in group activities and events such as park and field days, library days, picnics, field trips, science fairs, spelling bees, and a variety of clubs
- The opportunity to mentor other newer, younger homeschool parents
- Opportunities to build new friendships for both parents and children
- Online presence and connection opportunities
- New learning experiences through co-op membership
- Curriculum exchanges, reviews, and recommendations
- Opportunities to create new clubs, activities, and events
- Reaffirmation that homeschooling is the right choice for you and your family
Additional Resources for Homeschooling in Nebraska
Have other questions about homeschooling in Nebraska? You may find the following pages helpful.
- Homeschooling in Nebraska
- Nebraska Homeschooling Laws
- Nebraska Homeschool Associations
- Homeschool Field Trips in Nebraska
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