Help and Support
Homeschooling parents seeking information, advice, support, and resources will find homeschool advocacy programs in every state. "There are also homeschool support groups within almost every community that also provide information and resources, as well as co-op classes, field trips, social and academic events, and much more," says Flynn Keith. In addition, most of these groups also publish newsletters and e-lists for their members.
Parents of preschoolers can join many free online lists, such as the Unpreschool list at Yahoo Groups. Each day, Monday through Friday, parents receive one fun, educational idea, resource, or activity, as well as inspirational stories and messages of encouragement that enhance their parenting skills and enrich their learning environment. "The list is especially for those who don't want to send their little ones to preschool," says Flynn Keith. The list includes information and tips for preparing young children (ages two to six years) for school or homeschool (without attending a preschool). To join, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this age, your child is naturally filled with curiosity and the desire to learn. Whether you are planning to forgo traditional school in exchange for an alternative educational path, or just exploring educational possibilities, homeschooling can provide a wonderful experience for you and your child. "This isn't rocket science," Flynn Keith aptly points out. "You don't need a laboratory, a classroom, or a teacher. Simply live your lives and by virtue of including your children in your work and play they will acquire knowledge of the world, all of the skills needed for enrollment in Kindergarten or elementary school, and they'll be confident and happy."