Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tips from the Trenches: 7 Simple Steps to Getting Started in Homeschooling, Part 2

Yesterday, we started this short series on getting started in homeschooling.  Today, I'm going to talk about creating a support system.  

Join an online support group
I can't say enough about the importance of creating a support system.  Raise your hand if you haven't had a hard time finding people amongst your family and friends who support your homeschooling decision.  Oh, not too many hands, huh? Well, your support is out there, but you have to be willing to go get it.

The easiest way is to join an online homeschool support group, email ring, or message board.  These are treasure troves of first-hand accounts and words of wisdom from veteran homeschoolers.  Members also share personal reviews on homeschooling and educational products and services.  Most importantly, when you can’t leave your home, it is a great way to take a break and get some much needed moral support.  Then, jump right back into your routine.

I personally belong to several groups on Yahoo! Groups and Facebook.  Each serve their own purpose and I benefit from and contribute to all of them.  

Join a local support group
While not a necessity, joining a local support group allows you to meet other like-minded people and make life-long friendships for both yourself and your children.  Local support groups have so much to offer in the way of park days, field trips, academic, enrichment, and social activities, parent support, and shoulders to cry on! All jokes aside, the homeschooling load is so much easier when you surround yourself with others who are on a similar path.

My homeschool peeps, as we affectionately refer to each other, rejoice together, encourage each other, share resources, speak hard truths in love, and have each others back on the homeschooling journey. I hope you allow yourself to find the same. 

If you can't find what you are looking for, please be brave and create it!  I'm sure there are other like-minded people who are just waiting for an opportunity to connect. 

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