Homeschooling can be a daunting task, whether you’re just getting started, or have been at it for some time; this is why it’s important to make connections with other homeschool families.
Because I’m an introvert friendships don’t come very easily for me. This is one of the many reasons why homeschooling greatly appealed to me. I figured this was a perfect arrangement, because it would mean I didn’t have to get involved in the PTA or become a team mom and be forced to talk to other people, and no I’m not shy, I just prefer being alone.
Soon after getting started, I realized I needed other people besides my immediate family. I needed mentors, someone to listen, and someone to simply relate to what I was going through. These last three years I’ve had the privilege of meeting some wonderful people. I’ve learned a great deal from them, and some have become close friends.
If you’re doing this homeschooling thing on your own, I encourage you to search for like minded people. There is strength in numbers, and we were created for fellowship. If you don’t know where to go, here are 3 places I’ve met other homeschool moms, who shared my concerns, encouraged me when I wanted to give up, and prayed for me when I needed it the most.
1. Homeschool Co-Ops and PSPs
This is the place to go for practical help from someone who has a particular specialty or expertise. I didn’t know many homeschooling parents when I began. I’m grateful for the group we joined our first year. You can find a list of groups in your area on the HSLDA website.
2. Local Play and Mom Groups
There are Meetup homeschool groups in many cities across the U.S. These groups usually meet once a month for a field trips, library days or park days. If you find that there are no groups in your area, consider starting one yourself. Talk to friends, church leaders and neighbors. Homeschooling is not as un-common as it once was; you might be surprised at how many homeschool families live in your neighborhood.
3. Facebook Groups and Communities
Being an introvert, Facebook communities where the first places I went for support, questions and advice. There are general homeschool groups, curriculum advice groups, prayer groups, etc. Just keep in mind that Facebook life, is very much like real life, always be careful with what you share, and remember there will be those that support and encourage, as well as those that criticize and judge. If you’re looking for a great supporting community, check out Homeschool Scopes on Facebook.
Get Connected not Overly Committed
As you find your tribe, remember why you chose to homeschool, and don’t over-commit yourself with too many activities and groups. Because of the flexibility in homeschooling, we have the tendency to over book to the point of overwhelm.
Are you involved in homeschool groups and co-ops? Or do you go at it alone?