Home schooling is a personal family choice that can be done for a variety of reasons. Once you have checked the state laws, checked the kids out of school and started your daily lessons, it can also become quite isolating. As of 2010, students who were home-schooled were still in the minority across the U.S. The Internet provides home-schooling parents with a wide array of places they can go, meet other home-schooling parents and experts, and talk about the process.
Hoomeschool Spot is a forum that you have to register for to post messages on but can read without actually having to register. There are multiple topic folders that you enter by clicking on the desired choice. Once there you will find questions, answers and discussions on just about every issue in home schooling. If you don’t see a folder addressing your particular question or concern, you can search the archives by typing a keyword into the search box. If you still need help, you can start your own “thread” on a topic and ask for advice.
Homeschool World is a forum-styled message board that is focused on the fundamentals of home schooling. You can find discussions about record keeping, home-school laws and home-school curriculum. There are also folders for other topics such as special-needs home-schoolers and military home-school families. The site also provides a pen pal finder for home-schooled children and teenagers. Moms can sign on and ask questions, search the database for past discussion or locate research on various home-school concepts.
HomeschoolChat.US is geared to Christian families who choose to home-school their children using Christian and Bible-based curriculum. The site provides daily prayer circles as well as chat rooms for moms to exchange ideas and encouragement. The site also incorporates a place called the Encouragement Center, which is “open” seven days a week for moms to come and get guidance. HomeschoolChat has a posted daily schedule with carved-out time slots to accommodate single parents, family nights and other specialized interests.