FAQ's and Rules

*If you are new to homeschooling, we recommend you visit
in addition to joining us.  They can answer any question you might have about homeschooling.

Flexibility  
It is important to know that all events are optional.  We homeschool because of the flexibility, come to what suits your family.    

Is there a fee to join this group? 
There is a membership fee of $10 per family that goes towards our website domain and community service project each year. We are a non-profit. 
Note: This currently is not being enforced due to Covid-19 and lack of scheduled events. In the event that membership fees resume or funds are being raised for a group project, an announcement will be posted to the group.

Is the group on Facebook? 
Yes and no.  We have a "landing page" for anyone who might be searching for a local homeschool group.  The landing page is non-active and will direct them to this website, which will then point them to the BAND app. 

Who can see the information here or on BAND?  
Information and photos on this site can be seen by the public.  The BAND group is private, and only approved members can view the content. 

Who can join? 
The group is open to all homeschoolers in the area.
*You must have a child pre-school age or greater to join.*
Anyone can find the site by an Internet search and request to join.   


Can anyone post an event?
Yes!  We have organizers who help plan events, but every member is welcome and encouraged to host an event.


Do I have to host an event?  How many events do I have to attend yearly?
There are seasons to homeschooling.  We just ask that we see you at least once within 6 months of joining.

RSVPing 
What if I can’t be sure in advance whether I’ll be able to make it to a particular event? Do I have to RSVP?
RSVP's are pretty important around here.  If you're unable to attend an event, please update your RSVP asap, even if it's 10 minutes before the event.

Can I invite others to join? 
Absolutely! Many of us are members of other support groups or co-ops, and this group isn’t designed to replace them. All are welcome! 

*Disclaimer
Covid has made our group look a lot different.  We have adjusted and grown in ways that allow us to still support and come together.  We do virtual get-togethers, like in December we had our first gingerbread house competition, virtual art fair, etc.  We also have a monthly pen-pal program.  We have meet-ups in person for those who feel comfortable (usually at a park). 

Types of Monthly Events: 
Social Activity- (usually free, like a park day, Holiday Party or anything that cultivates friendship and play) 
A Scheduled Class- These are things our kids would not normally learn at home and unique in nature.
Monthly Field TripWe plan one for each month of the school year during a "Grown Ups Night Out."
Grown Ups Night Out- It's a great way to get a break and the support you need to be the teacher and parent that you want to be.  It's also a great way to strengthen friendships and also plan for future events as a group.

Yearly Events: 

Valentine's Day Party (our biggest event every year)
The Nutcracker Suite (Ballet Met)- booked in July
Homeschool Science Fair/Worlds Fair 
Christmas Party
Halloween Party
Zoombezi Bay Education Days 

(Other examples of field-trips)
 
-a tour at a local business 
-field-trip to the local fire department 
-group field-trip to a pumpkin patch/apple orchard/maple syrup farm 
-meet at a local park, kids can bring their bikes, dolls, etc. and a packed lunch 
-a holiday gathering with some structured games, crafts, read aloud, etc. 
-invite others to an indoor play place  
-plan a day to COSI, the zoo, a museum
-a sledding fun day 

-plan a physical activity like a swim day, hiking, ice skating  invite others to a library function
-Lego Play Day
-invite members to a play (for example: the MetBallet has discounted school days just for kids)
-community service project (we have made treats for The Humane Society of Madison Co. and also blankets for the Ronald McDonald House of Columbus)

Contact

Organizer/Admin 
Olivia Westfall
Olivia.B.Westfall@gmail.com 
call/text 937.869.8957 

If you are a member, we also have 4 other organizers that you can contact through our BAND group: 
Erin D.
Kara H.
Lacey M. 
Joel W.

About Us

Homeschoolers of Madison County & Beyond welcomes families of all backgrounds and philosophies. 

We hope members will see the group as their extended homeschooling community, developing friendships with other families and supporting each other in the process of home learning. 

We offer support, friendship, field-trips, classes, social events and activities of interests to homeschooling families located near Madison County, Ohio and beyond

Our group was founded in February of 2015.

Join Us!



We want to warmly welcome you to the group.

None of us knew each other until this group was formed, and we have made some great friendships.

JUMP! 
 Put yourself out there, 
you'll be glad you did.

Also, keep in mind field-trips are busy and a hard time to get to know others, if you're looking for friendship and support we really recommend unstructured play days (the park) and joining us for Grown-Ups Night Out.

 (Your first and last name is required as your display name before approval into the group for safety reasons.)

You will be taken to our private BAND group where an admin will approve your membership.

You can also open your phone's camera and scan this QR code to join!

 
What is BAND?  
BAND is an app that is just like Meetup or Facebook groups but better (in our opinion).
It's free, and extremely user friendly.

You can use BAND on a desktop or your mobile device.