Some women find that spending time day in and day out with a house full of children rather draining. They long for the chance for adult conversation. A homeschool support group can be a time for that adult, mom time away from the children.
A Sympathetic Ear
This is where the support in homeschool support group comes in. Other homeschool moms may be the only people who can really understand your struggles, self-doubts, and triumphs. Connect with sympathetic moms at a homeschool support group.
Choosing curriculum can be mind numbing simply because of all the excellent options available. Hearing from other moms about what works and doesn't work (for them, of course) can help you make educated decisions. Maybe some generous moms will even let you borrow a book to preview before you invest in it.
I really value my homeschool support group for the field trips that are set up. It's a relief to have someone else research and arrange a trip. All I have to do is sign up, pay, and show up.
Social Opportunities for Children
Many homeschool groups set up playdates, holiday parties, and craft days for the children just to interact and make friends.
Although a co-op is not the same as a support group, you may have some co-op opportunities through the connections in your support group. Possible learning activies are writing workshops, science fairs, speech competitions, and show & tell.
Testing, Graduation, and other Services
Maybe you want your child to have yearly school photos. Or you'd like your high schooler to have a senior prom. Homeschool support groups, especially large ones, offer many of these types of "extras" that may be important to you.
You may find a mentor or you may find mothers that would benefit from your advice as you serve as their mentor.
Online Resources & Staying in the Loop
Some homeschool groups host websites with local information that can help you as a homeschooler. My group has both a classifieds forum and a general chit chat forum. I've bought used curriculum through my homeschool group. And I've often been notified of a neat educational opportunity after someone posted about it through our group.