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Best Resources For Homeschool Families In Houston

January 18, 2013 7:00 AM

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Homeschooling your child is one of the toughest jobs out there, but it can also be one of the most rewarding. As a homeschooling parent, you should know you’re not alone. Take advantage of groups around Houston designed to help you as a parent and provide support for your child. These groups range from simple support groups to activity or sports organizations to get together with other homeschooling families around town.


Homeschool Christian Youth Association

16720 Stuebner Airline Drive Box 187
Spring, TX 77379
www.hcya.org

Some parents are concerned that by homeschooling, their children will not get to participate in team sports. The Homeschool Christian Youth Association combats that fear by offering sporting events and graduation celebrations for homeschooled children. While the organization is Christian-based, families of all faiths are welcome. Being a Christian is not required, but those who participate should expect that the organization will live out its Christian philosophy. The Sports Days held two Fridays each month give children a chance to try out four sports to help them decide if they want to join a team for an entire season of playing a particular sport. 

West Houston Home Educators

P.O. Box 842082
Houston, TX 77084
(281) 500-6089
www.homeschool-life.com/


For those on the west side of town, the West Houston Home Educators can be a helpful resource. This Christian group welcomes people of all faiths to participate in activities including spelling bees, teen groups and field trips. The monthly meetings are geared toward parents only to offer them resources about how to better school their children at home. For middle and high school-aged children, a teen group is available. This organization, through the WHHE, is a service and learning group to connect teens with each other and the community. There is even a student council within the teen group for those who might miss student government opportunities in public high schools.

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Garden Oaks Home School Support Group

Garden Oaks Baptist Church
3206 N. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77018
www.freewebs.com/gohssg

The Garden Oaks Home School Association provides a wide range of services for homeschoolers and their parents. A paid membership is required, but it allows parents to have access to information about classes, field trips, bible studies and parties for their children. It is an unapologetic Christian group that brings its values into all of the classes and activities it hosts. Monthly meetings held at Garden Oaks Baptist Church mainly provide support and tips for homeschooling parents to help balance their personal lives, work and their children’s schooling.

LATCH

Klein United Methodist Church
5920 FM 2920 Road
Spring, TX 77388

LATCH stands for Leading Assistance To Challenged Homeschoolers. This organization is designed to provide support for parents who choose to homeschool their special needs children. The group meets the second Monday of each month from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in room 134 of Klein United Methodist Church. Parents who attend enjoy emotional support and resources from fellow homeschooling parents and professions. Children with special needs may participate in activities or go on field trips with other homeschooled children like themselves.


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Southeast Texas Home School Association

10592-A Fuqua St. 503
Houston, TX 77089
(281) 756-9792
www.sethsa.org

Those completely new to homeschooling should look into the Southeast Texas Home School Association. This group answers all of the questions you might have about how to begin as well as those about legal issues. Members of this group receive a newsletter with information about homeschooling and resources that are available in the Houston area to connect homeschooled children and their parents to others who also choose to homeschool. The SETHSA is a Christian-based organization, but people of other faiths are also welcome to become members. Other activities that SETHSA sponsors include a geography bee, curriculum fair, spelling bee and reading programs. 
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. She is currently covering Home & Life. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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