While growing at a rapid rate in numbers, unschoolers still would be considered a minority group. As with other minority groups, this means families try to seek out support of others for comfort and get questions they may have answered. Seeking strength in numbers makes one feel like they are not the only one in the world leading the unschooling lifestyle, taking away the feeling of isolation.
A good place to start is in seeking out online support groups whether it is at the Radical Unschoolers Network or one of the many yahoo groups available. While these online support groups are a wonderful place to start in seeking support of others and in obtaining answers to questions it should not stop there. Nothing can substitute physical interaction and stimulation you gain by person to person contact. Many feel however there is nobody in their area, especially if they live in a more remote location than most.
Granted there may not be many families locally if you live in a more isolated area as you would find around major cities, but usually, there are always a few that would be within driving range. If there is not already a local support group for unschoolers in your area, then this means you should seriously think about starting one. New support groups are constantly popping up all over right now so if one is not available near you; it is time to start one yourself.
Starting a local unschooling support group will take some initial effort on your part however all the hard work should be well worth it in the end results. Families you can connect with in real life offers many opportunities for you as well as your unschooled children you just will not find trying to wing it alone. It offers new friendships for you and your children, support, and learning opportunities with those who think similarly to your philosophy. It offers an interaction with like minded folks and a place for discussing unschooling topics for growth and learning.
You just may be surprised at how many unschool families are in your area when you start a group! In order to start a support group, think about what you would like it to be about and what purpose it will serve and come up with a name. Do you want regular play days for the kids, field trips, and parents offering activities based on their area of expertise? Do you want regular discussions on unschooling? After you have given some thought to it and have come up with a name, it is time to start advertising your new unschool group.
You can do this in several ways such as starting an online yahoo group, so your group as an online way of communicating for planning gatherings and events and unschooling discussions. You can make up flyers and put them up on public bulletin boards in areas unschooling families are likely to visit such as libraries. You may be able to get a homeschooling mailing list in your area and mail out flyers. You can join the Meet up Groups and post it there although that costs a little money. You can also have an ad placed in your local newspaper. It would be wise to get a post office box for a way of safely contacting you about your group using it as your groups address. There are also places online in which you can list your group such as homeschool classifieds.
With a little time and effort, you should be able to attract at least a couple of other families who are also seeking the comrade of others in your area. You will need to be patient and diligent in your work at first as if you are in a more remote and isolated area, it will take time to find others. It is an instance where persistence will reward you in the end so do not give up and keep trying. Eventually you will have a local support group off and running, it could even be way more sooner than you ever imagined! Starting a local support group for unschoolers can be a lot of hard work, but if your community really is in need of one, it will pay off!