The most important thing for homeschool success is to mingle and socialize with other homeschooling families. Being a member of a support group allows you to share resources and information with them as well as to remind you that you are not alone in your home-teaching journey. Your county support groups can offer you families with common goals and interests to yours.
IMPORTANT:Note: Our information includes both Parent-led Homeschool Support Groups and Private School Satellite Programs (PSPs) formerly known as Independent Study Programs (ISPs).
What’s the difference?
The difference is that typically, the Parent-led Homeschool Support Groups are created by families for families to get together for social activities, such as park days, P.E. activities, organized classes, field trips and other “group” types of endeavors. Some require a general membership fee, but most do not. You can usually show up at a park day and meet the parents and children to see how you like the group.
PSPs or ISPs are private schools, usually small in enrollment, but schools nonetheless. Homeschooling families may enroll and pay tuition, in order to receive the administrative support of a school. This includes record-keeping of attendance, grades, testing and transcripts preparation.
To separate them, we have placed the letters PSP or ISP in the title of such schools.
- Manteca Homeschool – A network of Manteca area homeschoolers. Feel free to plan a field trip, co-op, park day, workshop or mom’s day out and use this site as a place to get the word out and connect with other homeschoolers in Manteca. We are inclusive of private and charter school homeschoolers. Residents of surrounding areas are also invited to join.
- Oakdale Christian Homeschool Support Group – Christian perspective, open to all. Field trips, activities, park days, newsletter, e-mail loop, support & encouragement. $25/year/family. Contact information: Email JulieBeth Lamb or call (209) 838-6062.
- Saints and Angels Catholic Home Educators of the Central Valley [SACHECV]– Provides support and fellowship for Catholic homeschool families in the central valley. Private membership, no fees. Free activities. Contact information: Email Suzan or call (209) 669-0777.
- San Joaquin Homeschoolers – A secular group, centered in Stockton but with members from Tracy/Lodi/Valley Springs/Modesto/Galt etc. Inclusive of Faith, homeschool style, lifestyle, etc. Contact information: Email Annette MacKay.
- Shooting Stars 4-H Club – Daytime co-op 4-H Club that meets in Modesto. All parents help lead a full day of 4-H projects for members ages 3 to 19. Sign-Ups in July/August. Meets on selected Fridays between Aug and May. Members serve as club officers. 4-H strives to help youth grow in the areas of life skills, citizenship/community service, and leadership. Contact information: Email Cheryl Westberg.
- Tracy Homeschoolers – All-inclusive group for homeschoolers in Tracy, California and nearby areas. This group is designed to allow us to meet each other, discuss any ideas, inspirations, successes, or concerns we may have as we homeschool our children. We meet every Tuesday, from 1 – 3 PM, at Lincoln Park in Tracy near the Library Contact information: Email Carolyn Navarra or call (209) 629-0121.
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom – Free K-12 Teaching Resources
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom provides free K-12 teaching resources available for free downloading at LearnAboutAg.org (lesson plans, fact sheets, student newspapers and more). California educators can request print copies, shipped at no expense.
The Plant Science lesson plans (http://learnaboutag.org/resources/learn_plant.cfm) help students discover what plants need to grow through hands-on lessons and activities: Fun with the Plant Nutrient Team (K-3), What Do Plants Need to Grow? (2-4), Too Much? Too Little? (5-8), and Chemistry, Fertilizer, and the Environment (8-12). All resources are aligned to current California Standards. The organization also provides an annual teacher conference (July 14-15, 2017) and the Imagine this… Story Writing Contest for grades 3-8 (November 1 annual deadline). Learn more and request free resources at LearnAboutAg.org.