Whether you just decided to homeschool or are a veteran homeschooler moving to a new area, getting involved with a homeschool support group is a beneficial decision. A homeschool support group gives children much needed social interaction, friendship, field trip opportunities and peer to peer competitive events. Likewise, parents get support from other parents. They can rely on other parents for advice, curriculum suggestions and form lasting friendships. For those who are in the San Antonio area and homeschool or are considering homeschool, these San Antonio groups offer homeschool support in their specific regions:
BASH: Bexar/Atascosa Secular Homeshcoolers is a relatively new homeschool support group formed to fill a gap in the San Antonio homeschooling landscape where there were few active groups in this largely rural area. They serve south San Antonio and the surrounding areas into Atascosa County. BASH hosts weekly park days that are open to the public for members and anyone who wants to meet the group before joining. Also open to the public are their monthly meetings that are held to discuss relevant homeschool topics and often include expert guest speakers. Members have a variety of exclusive benefits including monthly field trips for each of the age groups: all inclusive; kindergarten, preschool and toddler; elementary and tween; and teenagers. There are holiday and seasonal parties, teen dances, a co-op, sports, organized competitions and fairs. BASH even holds a graduation ceremony for those graduating and has a scholarship set up that graduating seniors to apply for. Members pay a small annual fee per family to join. There is no statement of faith required and they are an all inclusive group.
Homeschoolers of Far North San Antonio is an all inclusive group that provides several opportunities for friendship and support in their homeschool community. They are primarily a social group and they have a lot of fun activities for the entire family. There are weekly picnic in the park days, monthly visits to the children’s theater and even family camping events. They host a mother’s night out for some adult time and to let loose without the kids in tow. They do not require a statement of faith to join and their membership is an eclectic mix of faiths and educational philosophies. There is an application process but no membership fee to join.
SHINE: Supporting Homeschoolers in the North East is a Christian homeschool support group that requires a statement of faith to join. While they have a rather hefty membership fee, they also provide a lot of activities. There is a co-op, field trips, support meetings, park days, ministry opportunities and teen events. They have several events based on age and gender for fellowship and offer artistic and academic pursuits for their members.
CHEWSA: Christian Home Educators of West San Antonio supports homeschoolers on the far west side of San Antonio. They offer cooperative enrichment classes for their members and a monthly mother’s day out for some much needed adult relaxation time. They also hold field trips, physical education opportunities and academic presentation events. Each family pays a small annual fee to join. They are a Christian only group and there is a required statement of faith that must be signed in order to be accepted into the group.
If you are new to the San Antonio area or are considering homeschool, the groups serving north, south, east and west San Antonio are a great start for fun, fellowship and homeschool support.