Step 3: Find Support
When you're homeschooling, how important is it not to be a "lone ranger"? Just ask any set of homeschooling parents, and they'll tell you the same thing. Only with a solid support base of other homeschooling friends will you be enabled and empowered to keep going when things get tough.
When it comes to homeschooling, "No man is an island, entire of itself."
What homeschooling challenges could you face?
Attacks on your child's ability to socialize
Criticism from family members, friends, or neighbors
Family financial burdens
Lack of confidence in your teaching abilities
Discipline issues with your children
Unrealistic expectations and educational goals
Disagreements with your spouse
Remember, when facing homeschooling challenges, it's important to first seek the Lord. However, like the body of Christ functions within the church, God also uses other Christian homeschooling families to give you much-needed encouragement.
Where can I find other homeschool families?
The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that there are approximately 1.5 million homeschoolers nationwide. Because homeschool families love to learn, the best place to usually meet them is at your local library, history or science museum, educational bookstore, park, zoo, or community center. (Just look for parents with school-aged children who are out during normal school hours.)
Depending on the size of your city, local church members or pastors may be familiar with the names of families in local homeschooling groups. If you can't locate any homeschool groups in your area, simply start your own homeschool co-op!
State homeschool organizations also host informative annual conventions and fairs where you can meet other homeschooling families, examine homeschool curriculum options offered by numerous vendors, and listen to inspirational speakers.
Of course, you can also search the Internet by typing "homeschool" and your city's name into a search engine to find a list of homeschooling groups in your area.
- Get involved and join a homeschool support group to meet and talk with other homeschool parents.
- Sign up online for Alpha Omega Publications' Daily Focus eNews devotional for homeschoolers or order a print copy or eBook to gain spiritual insights and fresh encouragement to keep homeschooling.
- Subscribe to homeschool eNewsletters or magazines and publications for the latest homeschooling information.
- Join AOP's social networking homeschool groups on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Let others know how to get started with homeschooling!