Encouragement and Support for Homeschooling Families in Woodbridge, Virginia and the Surrounding Areas Encouragement and Support for Homeschooling Families in Woodbridge, Virginia and the Surrounding Areas


Tell me about WHEAT. Who are you and what are you all about?

We Home Educate and Train ("WHEAT") began in the early 1990's as a loose-knit group of about a dozen families who desired fellowship and encouragement in their homeschooling efforts. The mission of WHEAT remains the same today: to share information, provide support for homeschooling families and those interested in homeschooling, and to enrich those families spiritually, academically, and socially. We are a local support group, not a co-op, but we offer many opportunities for fellowship and enrichent!

Do you offer co-ops and classes?

WHEAT is primarily a homeschool support group; we do not host an official co-op. However, we share a wealth of information about clubs, co-ops, and other enrichment opportunities offered both throughout the community that some of our families are often involved in. Our families are encouraged to offer and participate in these opportunities!

If you don't have an official co-op or classes, how will I get to know the WHEAT family?

We are a friendly bunch! Our annual school year kick-off picnic is a great way to meet veteran and new WHEAT families. Becoming involved in clubs and activities that WHEAT promotes is a good chance to meet others.  Recently, we've offered:

  • Regular fellowship events for moms called "Heart to Heart"
  • A  winter talent show that is fun for the whole family.
  • Field trips throughout the local and regional area
  • Teen game nights (ages 12 and up)
  • Field day for all ages in May
  • A one-day local Moms' retreat- a day for homeschool moms only to relax and be encouraged and renewed
  • Stay abreast of what's happening through the newsletter and this website's member forum and join in the activities!
  • Park days and playdates for younger kids
  • An online member forum through our website
  • A periodical digital newsletter highlighting group activities and area homeschool days and opportunities.

What is expected of me once I join?

As with any pursuit, the more you invest in a group the more rewarding the experience and the richer the relationships will be. We highly encourage each member to support at least one WHEAT event each year, or take on a leadership position. Supporting events can be as low-key as volunteering for set-up or clean-up; hostessing or coordinating a mom's fellowship activity, or perhaps joining the leadership team. We welcome member article submissions to our newsletter (parents and students). Many hands make light work!