Support group events can have one or more of the following emphases:
children's accomplishments, fellowship or edification. Under children's
accomplishments we've listed events that showcase what kids have,
can and are doing. Fellowship events allow homeschoolers to get
together and talk informally, share their lives, and get to know
one another better. Events that edify or build up can meet specific
needs or offer encouragement to face difficult situations. The
possibilities are endless, limited only by your groups imagination
and desire to make it happen.
geography, history, science. You may choose to do your own
informal bee, or follow the rules for holding your own bee
as part of a national bee program.
Fair - families select a country to study and explore preparing
a display about their country. Displays can include artwork,
reports, food to sample, building projects, native costumes,
whatever proves most interesting to the family creating the
History Day -
similar to the cultural arts far, but each family chooses
a period in history.
Science Fair -
books for planning a traditional science fair are available
Pet Day - Everyone
brings a pet to share and tell about.
Book Day - Make
your own book and bring it to Book Day to display.
- performances by homeschooled students and the homeschool
Drama Nite - a
performance by the homeschool drama team.
Camps - Science,
art or other topic camps. These can be held once a month or
for one week. The focus is hands on learning.
Quiz Bowl - hold
a Quiz Bowl or Bible Bowl or create your own version of Jeopardy.
Potluck - simple
and easy to do. You can easily add a potluck on to one of
the other event ideas to add a time of fellowship.
Picnic - Quick
and easy to plan with all the participants providing the food
and the games. Hold the picnic in a park that provides both
toddler playgrounds and a softball diamond and everyone should
Talent Show -
Let everyone get into the act.
- a really fun way to visit one another's homes. Divide participants
into groups of four to six couples. Three of the couples will
be hosting their group for appetizers, salad, and the main
dish in turn. The groups travel from home to home eating the
various parts of their meal. Make your last stop one central
location for dessert with all the groups.
Fishing Trip -
plan an afternoon at a local fishing lake.
Camping Trip -
make reservations at a local campground and plan activities
like a night time bonfire.
Make Over Weekend
- this is a great outing for homeschool Moms. Spend the night
at a bed and breakfast with lots of mini seminars for a totally
body make over. Participants can pamper themselves with facials
and back rubs.
a jammie party for moms. An overnighter is a great way to
have some planned activities with plenty of time for experience
homeschoolers to share their war stories.
- reserve seats for your group at baseball, football, basketball
or other sporting event.
- Everyone brings something they use in their homeschooling
that they want to share with others.
Seminar - bring in a speaker to spend a day covering a special
topic. This is a great way to meet specialized needs in your
Seminar - similar to the preceding, but may include more than
Sale - everyone wants to buy as much as they can at a discount.
Used is one good way to do that.
- bring together all those organizations and members of your
community that have something to offer homeschoolers. This
could be local museums, explorer scouts, art instructors,
or local universities or colleges. Each can have a display
to share what their organization offers homeschoolers.