Wednesday, November 28, 2007

More Tips on Starting a Homeschool Group Newsletter

Your tasteful design will draw readers to your newsletter which helps you reach your group with the important information they need.

Good taste in design usually is synonymous with simplicity--thus an uncluttered look.

A well-chosen graphic line, lines or clip art add interest and polish, but don't overdo it. You want the graphics you choose to draw attention to your content, not to itself.

Keeping the clutter to a minimum is also achieved by keeping your writing to 2-3 fonts and sizes. There are some exceptions, but a clean, polished look that works together is best for clear readability.

Use the interesting templates on Word or Publisher or other software to quickly make your newsletter. To make your own template, you can make one large text box with 3-4 columns as your guide. Then add text boxes within the columns for each article. Fill in the great graphics; add your calendar and send it out.

Your homeschool group will love it and reference it often!

Denise & Kristen

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

More: Starting a Homeschool Group Newsletter

Make things as easy as possible for the others reading your newsletter.

When you are putting together and publishing the coming events, an actual calendar look with the dates and holidays is so much easier than a list of dates.

While the list of activities may look nice and be less work for you to compile and type, it's not easier on your homeschool group families. They will have to copy the list onto their own calendar. This is an extra step that some families may never get around to doing.

With your calendar, they can just display it on the fridge or bulletin board. Then referring to it is a snap. More than likely, they will then take the time to read your exciting descriptions and attend the featured functions.

Next Topic: Keep it easy to read your newsletter by having an uncluttered layout.
May you have a successful homeschool support group!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Denise & Kristen

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Starting a Homeschool Group Newsletter

Communication is key!

Starting a newsletter for your homeschool group is a great way to create a cozy feeling within your group. Not everybody can participate in everything, but they like knowing what's going on.

The simplest way to start is with a calendar of events. They can post this on their fridge or in another visible place.

You can add articles about the upcoming activities in your homeschool group. This keeps people informed, boosts involvement and builds excitement.

The newsletter is a great place to interview members of your group so that everyone gets to know one another and feel like family.

If your members feel connected to more than one other family, they will keep coming back.

You can find calendar and newsletter templates on Publisher and Word that can make your newsletter come alive. We hope these ideas are a help to you. Got questions? Just ask.

Denise and Kristen

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Vision for this Homeschool Group Leader Blog

About Us~

We're two friends who got know each other through our local homeschool group. We then worked side by side as officers of the homeschool group--Kristen served as President and Denise as Field Trip Coordinator. Refined through the fire of leadership, a lifelong friendship was formed.

Together we wish to share hindsight wisdom gained from our experiences and the experiences of other veteran homeschool group leaders. You are invited to laugh and cry with us, witness the times we failed while doing it our way, and the times we succeeded doing it the Lord's way. We've learned so much and hope our input will shorten your learning curve as a homeschool group leader.

This blog will serve as the central place for leaders to come for solutions to leadership questions, to find encouragement and hope, as well as current tips, trends, and rockin' resources.

Denise and Kristen

Friday, November 2, 2007

Welcome to the Homeschool Group Leader Blog!

We're so glad you're here!

Pull up your chair and visit awhile with us. We welcome your comments and questions about homeschool group leadership.

Postings to come soon about many things related to starting or leading a homeschool group. Check back soon!

In the meantime, check out our web site at Homeschool Group Leader.

Denise & Kristen