5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials – Day 1 – Support – Homeschool Groups

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials

 

Welcome to the 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials – Today I am going to talk about Support. To me it’s really important to support from others when you are homeschooling.

When I first started homeschooling, I really didn’t have any kind of support. My parents didn’t really understand homeschooling, nor did they agree with it at first. I moved to a new area so I didn’t know very many people. I felt very alone. I didn’t feel that I had anyone to relate to, or to answer any of my questions.

So at the time I started searching YAHOO Groups. I was able to find many different homeschool groups. I even found a couple in Wisconsin here. It was nice because I was able to meet up with other homeschool for playdates and field trips. These groups also provided information on homeschooling, suggestions on how to get started, curriculum suggestions, and best of all new found friendship. I met some great people from these groups.

As time when on I met another mom and she had mentioned that the homeschool group she had feel apart. Well not really fell apart but it’s hard to get them to do things. So we started one  in our county and we network with a couple other counties for field trips.

It’s been nice to find out information about co-ops, laws and changes going on in the state, finding out about curriculum that others use, purchasing and selling curriculum.  My kids have made friends with other homeschoolers and they have enjoyed many different field trips.

We are currently working on an art/phy ed class.

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate having a network of homeschool groups. When I was struggling with curriculum or my sons learning styles I was able to get advice. I found out that it is ok if a curriculum didn’t work. I learned different types of ways to homeschool. I also learned about different learning styles.

It took me a while and with the help of others I was able to find my sons learning styles and now I know what works and what doesn’t.

I would also get frustrated and feel that we weren’t doing enough. I was taught to include real life things into our homeschool. I would like to call them living skills for a better choice of words.

Even if you don’t think you need any kind of support you are wrong. There will come a time when you have questions and need someone to turn to. It’s also nice to be able to vent and have someone understand what your going through.

If you are looking in your area or don’t care what area people are in I suggest doing the following:

Facebook Groups

Google + Communities

Your States DPI (ours had a list of support groups)

Library

Church

 

I know some groups meet monthly. Some groups do charge a membership and some do not. The ones on facebook don’t but if they are in your own community they might charge to be a member each year.

For more 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials – stop by and visit the sites below:

Lisa @ Our Simple Kinda Life

Tabitha @ The Homeschool Four

LaRee @ Broad Horizons

Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas

Amy @ Counting Change. . . Again

Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

Gena @ I Choose Joy!

Adena @ AdenaF

Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue

Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker

7 Responses to “5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials – Day 1 – Support – Homeschool Groups”

  • 1
    AdenaF says:

    I couldn’t agree more!! I’m covering some support tomorrow in my series and focusing on family support for day five. I know during the years that I don’t attend support groups or conventions, I get discouraged and am ready to throw in the towel. It is a constant and vital need!
    AdenaF´s last blog post ..Homeschool Essentials: Your Plan Should Have a Purpose

    admin Reply:

    I haven’t been to a convention yet. It’s been lack of money and trying to find one close to hear that I can actually go to. Your right the support is vital part of homeschooling.

  • 2
    LaRee says:

    I was so thankful to have a homeschool community when I was first figuring it all out. Now we live where the options don’t work for us, but now that I’m more confident, it’s not as essential (for me) as it was in the beginning! Thanks for sharing!
    LaRee´s last blog post ..Essential Flexibility

    admin Reply:

    I wish it would have been there for me when I first started as I was lost but now that I got the hang of it and realize things will work out regardless it’s much smoother now.

  • 3
    Gena says:

    What a great “essential” to share about today. One of the things we have in my area is a yahoo group to list classes, performances, exhibits, co-ops, support groups, etc. that are going on in our area. I have found so much for my kids through it,
    –Gena
    Gena´s last blog post ..Homeschool Essentials: Antarctica Unit Study/ Penguin Lapbook Resources

    admin Reply:

    I did too. I don’t use the yahoo groups as much now that facebook is here. I am thankful that I found them. I just wish that those around here would be interested in co-ops. They don’t seem interested in those.

  • 4
    Amy F says:

    I find homeschool groups to be a great support too. Thanks!
    Amy F´s last blog post ..5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials Day One: Support

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