In the more than twenty-five years that we’ve been involved with homeschooling and unschooling, there has been an explosion of state and local support groups— both in-person and on-line. Rather than replicate the myriad lists that are already available, we’d like to direct you to Pauline Harding’s site (www.askpauline.com) for contact information on local (Pennsylvania and Delaware) Support Groups & Co-ops. No list includes every option; however, hers is as good a place to start as any.
A word of caution
One word of caution as you venture into these sites—especially the on-line “support” groups: If ever there were a place for “buyer beware”, this is it. Families new to homeschooling and unschooling especially can easily be misled by postings that are presented as fact which are, in reality, opinion, even when they’re based on personal experience.
For example:, if one reads that “the Log must be filled in hour by hour,” what is that based on? Has it been the experience of the person who’s doing the posting (or her neighbor)? Or is it based on something she/he read that suggested that Pennsylvania is one of the most restrictive states to deal with for homeschooling? In either case, does the conclusion drawn apply to every reader? If not, why not?
Because of the highly personal nature of the information and advice offered through these groups (or from any other source) , we strongly advise parents to search out more than one response to their queries—especially in situations where there is much at stake in the outcome. If, for example, you’re looking for an evaluator, getting multiple leads and opinions would seem to be a wise course. Simply relying on one person’s recommendation could be quite risky. The same is true with regard dealing with issues such as participation in extracurricular activities, or securing curricula support or other services, where there can be (and usually is) a wide variation in responses.