If you are new to Lansing, or if you are from Lansing but just recently started homeschooling, then you’re probably not sure where to start. There are an overwhelming number of resources for the local homeschool community. Here is a break down of local groups and events:
There is our group, the Lansing Area Homeschool Families
click here to visit the open LAHF Facebook Group
click here to visit the LAHF Paid Members Only Facebook Group
LAHF Website (this website that you’re on right now!)
We have Gym Day the first Monday of the of the month (unless there is a holiday, then its the second Monday of the month) every month from September – May. Gym Days are open to both paid and unpaid LAHF members.
We have at least one service project every month from August – May (locations and dates vary month to month). Service projects are open to both paid and unpaid LAHF members.
We have at least two monthly field trips from August – May (locations and dates vary month to month) usually one Wednesday and one Friday per month, typically in the morning or afternoon. Field trips are usually only open to paid LAHF members, paid membership is only $10 per family, per school year.
We have at least four seasonal parties and specialty events through out the year (locations and dates vary). Seasonal parties are occasionally open to unpaid members but are usually reserved for paid members.
We try to have at least one informal Moms Night Out a month (locations and dates vary).
Once a year in August we have an LAHF orientation, where we invite all of our members to come and meet everyone, chat with local homeschool community leaders, and get their homeschool questions answered.
Information about all of these (as well as other Lansing-area community events) is sent out every month in the LAHF newsletter, which is sent to all paid members of LAHF. You can also find this information by going to the Lansing Area Homeschool Families Facebook page and looking under the events tab, or by checking out the upcoming events page (click here to visit the upcoming events page) on the LAHF website.
If you have a question about an event or how to find the event information, ask one of the group leaders:
Jennifer Fancher, LAHF President
(click here to find Jennifer Fancher on Facebook or text 517 243 1693)
Caitlyn Stock, LAHF Vice President
(click here to find Caitlyn Stock on Facebook or text 918 210 4214)
Sabrina Adleman, LAHF Secretary
(click here to find Sabrina AdlemanTome on Facebook or email email@example.com)
Kelly Mackey, Officer of the Board
(text 517-282-9201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lansing Homeschoolers is another popular local group.
click here to visit the Lansing Homeschoolers Facebook Group
Lansing Homeschoolers hosts Park Days in the summer months and Homeschool Days at Foster during the school year. Members of Lansing Homeschoolers also occasionally plan other events such as field trips and holiday parties.
Lansing Homeschoolers keeps a Google Calendar of all of their events and they include some local Lansing events as well on the calendar.
click here to visit the Lansing Homeschoolers Google Calendar
Questions regarding Lansing Homeschoolers events, Park Days, Homeschool Days at Foster, etc.. talk to either Beth Ambrose (click here to find Beth Ambrose on Facebook) or Ann Merrifield (click here to find Ann Merrifield on Facebook).
Even though Homeschool Days at Foster is run by the Lansing Homeschoolers group, they have a separate Facebook group and Website for it.
click here to visit the Homeschool Days at Foster Facebook Group
click here to visit the Homeschool Days at Foster Website
There are many homeschool resources organized by various Lansing area businesses and local government:
Capital Area District Libraries does a ton of great events from storytimes to drop in LEGO clubs, teen pizza and game nights to seasonal events. There is a Homeschool Discoveries event on Mondays at the Okemos location, information about that can be found at CADL website under the events tab
click here to visit the events tab of the CADL website
Delta Township District Libraries also has many events that might be of interest to homeschoolers, including a Homeschool Connect on the last Monday of every month (September – April), 1:00-2:30pm. More information can be found on the Delta Township District Libraries website
click here to visit the Delta Township District Libraries website
Abram’s Planetarium does a special show for homeschoolers the 3rd Thursday of every month. Information about those shows can be found on their website under the Group Visits > Homeschool Days tab
click here to visit the Homeschool Days tab on the Abram’s Planetarium website
Learn 517 is a collaborative community resource that takes place on Thursdays
The first Thursday of the month is at Reach Art Studio:
click here for the Reach Art Studio website Learn 517 info page
The second Thursday of the month is at Impression 5 children’s museum:
click here for the Impression 5 children’s museum website Learn 517 page
The third Thursday of the month is at Woldumar Nature Center:
click here for the Woldumar Nature Center website Learn 517 page The fourth Thursday of the month is at Michigan History Museum:
click here for the Michigan History Museum website Learn 517 page
tinkrLAB is a business located in Meridian Mall that occasionally does homeschool classes, and frequently does classes outside of school hours which all children can appreciate and enjoy
click here for the tinkrLAB calendar of events available on their website
Keys to Creativity is a business located in Lansing Mall that occasionally does homeschool classes, and frequently does classes outside of school hours which all children can appreciate and enjoy
click here for Keys to Creativity’s list of current classes available on their website
Many of our local homeschool moms take matters into their own hands and create the resources they want:
Alicia Knickerbocker runs Schrodinger Academy, a resource for highschool level STEM classes
click here to visit the Schrodinger Academy website
Alicia Knickerbocker contact information: email@example.com or text 810-347-5455
Caitlyn Stock teaches Little Leafers Nature Study for children age 5-10 on Thursdays
click here to visit the Little Leafers web page
Caitlyn Stock contact information: click here to find Caitlyn Stock on Facebook or text 918 210 4214
Bridgette Cousineau teaches Las Lenguitas, a Spanish immersion class for preschool-lower elementary
click here to see the Las Lenguitas website
There are a couple of local homeschool moms who lead a number of yearly fairs.
For information about the Art Fair, Biography Fair, Entrepreneur Fair, Geography Fair, and/or Science Fair contact Lyndee Gruber Hiller (click here to contact Lyndee Gruber Hiller on Facebook)
There are many smaller sub-groups of homeschoolers in and around Lansing.
Lansing Area Unschoolers* has get togethers every Monday at Fenner Nature Center
click here to visit Lansing Area Unschoolers Facebook Group
Lansing Area Unschoolers is run by Caitlyn Stock (find Caitlyn Stock on Facebook or text 918 210 4214)
*this group is not very active at the moment but maybe more active in the future
If you or one of your children has a diagnosis that effects homeschooling (ASD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, physical disability, etc..) then you may want to join the Homeschooling with Special Needs in the Lansing Area group for support. They don’t do in person events but they are a great bunch of people to talk to online, and you may find someone you want to meet up with in person.
click here to visit the Homeschooling with Special Needs in the Lansing Area Facebook Group
Homeschooling with Special Needs in the Lansing Area is run by Laura Anderson (click here to find Laura Anderson on Facebook)
A group of homeschoolers gets together every month at Grandhaven Living Center to play board games with the elderly. If you are interested in the Game Day at Grandhaven Service Project then contact Shannon Knopf (click here to find Shannon Knopf on Facebook)
For those who are Christian, the Christian Home Educators Support System (CHESS) has an active Lansing chapter.
Click here to visit the Lansing CHESS website
There are non-homeschooling resources which are popular among local homeschool families:
If you are interested in Girl Scouts, there is a troop that is primarily homeschoolers in Lansing, for more information on that contact Jennifer Fancher (click here to find Jennifer Fancher on Facebook or text 517 243 1693)
If you are interested in 4H, contact Sara Davidson (click here to find Sara Davidson on Facebook)
There are other resources as well:
Homeschool Lansing is a website that tries to post relevant homeschool information however some of the website is a bit outdated, they do have a calendar of local events homeschoolers would be interested in, including things like guitar lessons and tinkrlab classes.
click here to visit the Homeschool Lansing Website