Where can I find support groups?

Getting connected is very important for every homeschool family. HSLDA is here to help as are your provincial groups which are listed below for your convenience.

National

HSLDA

Provincial

British Columbia

BCHEA

Alberta

AHEA

Saskatchewan

SHBE

Manitoba

MACHS

MASH

Ontario

OCHEC

OFTP

Quebec

ACPEQ

AQED

New Brunswick

HENB

Nova Scotia

HEMS

NSHEA

PEI

PEICHE

Yukon

YHES

Newfoundland

CHEA

TEACH Avalon

 

Local Support Groups

Local support groups are one of your best resources as a new homeschooler! Many groups maintain Facebook pages for organizing events and connecting new and existing members. Try searching using your province/town name and the word homeschool, home school, home education, or unschool. Once you join a group, ask questions but also search that group to discover their recommendations using search words such as local, support groups, co-ops, field trips, and used curriculum sales/swap groups. 

However, not all local support groups – especially smaller groups – are on social media, so you may want to contact your provincial association or HSLDA Canada for more assistance in connecting with local groups. 

 

Facebook

Facebook has many virtual homeschool groups. Try searching using your province/town name and the word homeschool, home school, home education, or unschool. Once you join a group, ask questions but also search that group to discover their recommendations using search words such as local, support groups, co-ops, field trips, and used curriculum sales/swap groups. 

If you have questions about a specific curriculum, search the name of the curriculum on Facebook. If it is a popular one, you may find not only the company page but also a user group (a group of people who all use that curriculum). Homeschool families like to share research and resources. So, being part of a group like this will not only help you learn about a curriculum  but also find tips, supplemental activities, and maybe even a file listing YouTube videos matching each chapter.       

Here’s a great interview with the leader of a homeschool group.