Building Your Homeschool Village
You’ve heard it before, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Nowhere is that more true than the homeschooling journey. Sometimes, homeschool families are prone to feeling isolated as a result of being home alone with their children all day, but it does not have to be that way! You might live in a “homeschooling desert,” an area not blessed with a bounty of co-ops, clubs, and mom groups bonding and offering each other support. Even in this case, there is a high probability that there are resources available to you, just waiting for you to take advantage of them and build a thriving community around your family. Read on to discover ways that you can build your support network even if it might seem difficult to find like-minded families right in your neighborhood.
Seek Out Homeschool Veterans
Homeschool veterans are your gold mine. These men and women have a wealth of information regarding homeschooling, and often they are enthusiastic to share what they have learned over the years. Their wisdom of what worked for their family, what “fads” to avoid—trust me, they have been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt—and what elements of their daily routine are non-negotiable will be a lifesaver. If there is one thing that we have learned from working with homeschooling veterans, it is that they love to help. Find them and pick their brains. (Psst..the counselors at HomeLife Academy are a great place to start!)
Join a Homeschool Group
If you are looking for the perfect place for you to find a tribe of friends and possibly learn about extra opportunities in the area like field trips or co-ops, look no further than your local homeschool groups. These groups also offer a great tool for finding other children the same age as yours to help build your child’s friend circle. There are large homeschooling communities out there and this is a great way to find yours. Whether it be a Facebook group or an in-person-meet-once-a-week kind of group, join one!
Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions
There’s no such thing as a silly question, especially regarding homeschooling. Never feel insecure about asking questions. Asking your group or homeschool veteran friends for help and guidance is integral to your success as you navigate this homeschool world. You might think the questions are too simple or that others will judge you for not knowing the answer to what you believe is an easy question. Let me debunk that myth right now and tell you that we want you to have all of the correct information. This means that every single question that you have is important. Just ask!
Go Forth and Conquer!
In the end, a homeschool community, be it big or small, is essential for you to thrive as a homeschool family. Remember that Paul told the Corinthians, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ…If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Cor. 12, 26). The Lord created us to support one another, and we were made to thrive in community. Find that support that is real. Seek out that veteran homeschool mom and join those groups. And, never be afraid to ask questions—you have to learn somehow! We were not made to go through this life alone, and this applies as much to our Christian walk as it does to homeschooling.