How do I join?
Everything you need for joining is under Membership
Can I visit before joining?
I'm part of a charter. Can I join your group?
Yes! However, you should know that our group's focus is private homeschooling, which is in contrast with a public or charter school. You can still be a member of our group if you decide to go the charter route, but may not use our platform to ask charter-specific questions.
state: "Homebuilders Homeschool’s focus is private homeschooling and is not a forum for information concerning schooling outside of and instead of private homeschooling. This organization does not regulate or enforce any one teaching method or philosophy of education to its member families. In a spirit of friendship, charter school members are welcome to join Homebuilders Homeschool with the hope of educating all members about the clear benefits of private homeschooling."
I'm thinking about homeschooling, but haven't started yet. Should I wait to join?
Visiting one of our Fellowship Days
sounds perfect for you! You can ask questions of veteran homeschoolers and get helpful tips.
As to becoming a member, if your children are younger than school age, you are welcome to join now. But if your children are school age, we ask that you wait until you've started homeschooling and/or your children have finished at their previous school. According to our bylaws
, "Families must be currently homeschooling (not enrolled elsewhere) at least one child in the home. All other children in the home are welcome, but at least one child is homeschooled."
Do you prorate the fee if I join mid-year?
What about special needs students?
All abilities are welcomed in our subgroups and events! Many special needs families are in our group and regularly support each other. However, Homebuilders doesn't offer special needs services (speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc.).
For information concerning homeschooling students with special needs, we recommend these resources from CHEA and HSLDA: