Sure, it isn't essential, but belonging to a local support group for homeschoolers sure helps kids to maintain friendships with other kids and have some organized playdates or fieldtrips. It helps moms build a much-needed support network too. Please post with what groups you belong to, and let's see what's out there!

Here are a couple to get us started!

WILC - Wright Independent Learning Cooperative
(Dayton Area)
Wright-Patterson Homeschoolers (near Wright Patterson Air Force Base)