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How many families are in your group?

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At any time, we have about 90-100 families in our group! There are, on average, about 35 kids in each age group (Elementary, Tweens, and High School).

 

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What are the homeschooling laws in Tennessee?

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The most comprehensive information about homeschooling laws can be found at www.hslda.org

 

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Can you tell me about your meetings?

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Meetings are casual and are for moms to connect and learn from each other while having a good time! Dads are always welcome, but most of the time only moms come. Meetings are at no cost; feel free to come and meet us before you decide to join our group! Then our dues are $10 for the school year.

Please note our meeting dates for the 2015-2016 school year! 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ Collierville First Baptist Church 

Tuesday, September 1st (for a welcome back and welcome to new homeschoolers)

Tuesday, December 1st (for our infamous potluck Christmas party)

Tuesday, January 5th (to be refreshed for the next semester and welcome those who have pulled their children from school after break) 

May 3rd (for the end of year potluck)

On months that we don't have a meeting, we will have a mom's night out planned, so please join us for that!

 

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What kinds of events does your group plan?

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Our members plan events for each age group (Elementary, tweens and High School) as well as events for the whole group. We go on field trips, have Christmas, Valentine's Day parties, etc. as well as park days, game days, etc. We are a very active group and we like to make sure our kids have loads of fun opportunities with their friends!

Each member (unless they are a new homeschooler, are new to our group, or have extreme family situations) is required to plan and lead one event per school year. Unfortunately, if you are unable to execute your event, you will be unable to re-join the group the next year. Your event can be as easy as plan a mom's night out to meet for dinner. We are here to help you, so please don't let the event requirement deter you!

We are also planning to have an event every Friday, beginning in the summer of 2015. Some will be educational in nature and some just plain old fun (which is also educational!). That way, you can plan your teaching schedule to enable you to enjoy these Fridays with your group friends, or if you have a free Friday, at least know that you can meet up with us then! Events will also be planned on other days by our members, so please know there will be plenty of opportunities to get together on other days if Fridays don't work for your family.

 

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Can you tell me about your registration process?

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Dues are for the school year and are $10 per family when you join. Our online registration form has our guidelines in it, so please read through those carefully and be sure you agree to them before you join. You can pay online (if past member or new member with 2 homeschooler references) or you can bring a check or cash to one of the meetings. If you need to mail in your check, email us at colliervillehomeschool@gmail.com for the address. To keep a standard process, your registration will be approved once your payment is received. If you have any trouble with that, just let us know! Once your registration is approved, you will be able to log in to the site. All correspondence is done through this website, so please use an email address that you check often. The calendar function on the website will email a weekly update with the upcoming events detailed, so be sure to watch for those!

Please remember www.colliervillehomeschool.com for your link to our group! You can log on from anywhere and get a member's phone number, look at the calendar, or update your info! There is also an app you can download to use on your smartphone; serach for homeschool-life on your app store. You can also tell your friends about the group by just giving them our web address!

 

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What do you expect from me as a member?

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Our group is made up of families just like you; we are homeschooling, we are involved in outside activities, etc. So the group takes everyone pitching in to get the job done for our kids!

 

Membership requirements:

~ First time homeschoolers or those new to our group: nothing for the year except help when you come to an event.

~ If you are not new to the group, you will need to plan an event. You can plan a large event (like Christmas, Valentine’s or a Family all ages event) with 2-3 others and that will count, or plan a field trip, park date, mom's night, etc. We like to ask our kids for ideas and plan what they would like! If a member has an Elementary child and Tween, ask both of your kids and plan an event "for each of them". Kids get a big kick out of the fact that their parent planned the event!

~ Helping does not count as your requirement, as you are expected to help as needed at an event that you and your children are attending.

~ Remember, you can plan an age specific event, (Elementary K-4th, Tweens 5th-8th; or High School) whole group event, field trip, craft day, theatre event, etc. 

~ If you are a member with extreme family situations, just let us know and we will gladly welcome you as a member without any event responsibility from you until you are able.

~ If you don’t plan or execute your event (unless beyond your control, like illness, etc.), you will not be allowed to rejoin the next year.

~ Dues of $10 per family are due before you can be approved for membership. If paying that is a problem, please just let us know! colliervillehomeschool@gmail.com

 

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Do you have to live in Collierville to join the group?

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No! You just need to be homeschooling at least one child and can live anywhere in the Memphis area. We have members from Germantown, Cordova, Memphis, Olive Branch, Eads, etc. Our events are mainly scheduled in the Collierville/Germantown area, but we also spend a lot of time in Memphis and the surrounding areas, so you can just choose which events you want to join us at! Also, as a member, all of your family members are welcome to attend our events, even if they aren't homeschooled. 

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Can we bring people who aren't members of the group to events?

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Our group is one of outreach to the homeschool community. We are all just moms and dads creating opportunities for our kids, while reaching out to other homeschoolers. With that said, our members have read our guidelines and we have a certain knowledge of them as well. Also, they have commited to giving back to our group and all of our kids.

We welcome non-members in the following ways:

All of our meetings and mom's nights out are for anyone who wants to attend

Our park days and most "public" events that do not have a specific limit placed on them and do not involve money, are for anyone who would like to attend with a member (we handle signups through our website, and can't manage digital sign-ups for non-members since each member signs themselves up)

If a member wants to have something at their house and invite other friends, they are welcome to. But please remember we are trying to build these group friendships as well.

But if it is an event that has a limit on it, those spots are reserved for members of the group. It isn't really fair for someone's child who isn't a member to take a spot of a member who has worked on making this group great for their kids and ours. (if you happen to watch a child or have visiting family or something, they would count as a member of your family and are welcome)

Thanks for understanding and please encourage your other homeschooled friends to join! That's really the easiest way; then they can manage when they can come to our events themselves through our website!

 

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Can you tell me about the "vibe" of the group?

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The main people who plan and attend our events are the moms, but we would love to have more of the dads involved. So if you as a dad have ideas or would like to help the dads get together, that would be great!

We have single parents, working parents, all types of parents, and share the common goal of academic and character excellence for our children while recognizing that that comes in all forms. We encourage families to teach within the state law, but to also tailor their homeschool around what is best for their child within the law. 

We encourage members (moms, dads and children) to really put an effort in to making this group the best they can. We strive to commit to attending as many events as we can so that we can really forge friendships within our homeschool community. Many families in our group are involved in outside classes or tutorials, bible studies and extra-curricular events; lives are very busy around here! But the common ground in our group can be that we are all homeschooling and can remain friends no matter how our tutorial, extra-curricular or outside commitments might change! It is common amongst even the most involved and busy homeschoolers to still feel disconnected and we want to be a part of changing that for them. Helping your children forge and maintain friendships takes commitment and involvement, but it is worth it in the end!

When we attend events, we remind our members to mingle and to encourage their children to do the same. There's nothing worse than attending an event and having no one speak to you! So please come and introduce yourself and look for new friends to make. And encourage your children to do the same as well; they might never know how they could change someone's day just by being their friend!

We are a Christian group, but welcome any homeschooler who would like to join us. We don't have a bunch of rules and guidelines, mainly just to treat others with respect, be kind and plan one event a year (and that can just be a park day, so don't stress about that!)

Our group hopes to be a blessing to you and your family. We can do that with your help, but never want to be a burden to you. That's why we encourage you to jump in and build friendships with our members; you are the main one who will make this school year a great one for your kids, but we can all join together and help do that for all of ours!

 

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Q:

Are there other area groups you recommend?

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HSLDA is a wonderful organization that will provide a free lawyer to their members to help with homeschool rights. Shelby County is a very homeschool friendly place, but there are people who do not understand homeschool laws. HSLDA helps you understand the homeschool laws for your state as well as your right to homeschool. Go to www.hslda.org for more information.

MHEA is the Memphis-Area Homeschool Education Association and provides support to its homeschool members. They have great sports teams, events, a yearbook, etc. Go to www.myhea.org for more information.

There are many other groups around the area; our members love to share their experiences on the forum, so feel free to ask on the forum once you join our group! We encourage you to belong to a homeschool support group so that you can make friends, ask questions and grow as a homeschooler by meeting people who may be doing things differently than you or similarly...that's the beauty of homeschooling!

 

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