Homeschooling Support Required
Sometimes, when I look at homeschooling blogs online, I feel quite put to shame. Other moms have their school days meticulously scheduled with lots of great hands-on activities, all with a passel of children sitting around the table eager to learn. Or perhaps it just seems that way. The thing I have to keep reminding myself is that many posts often reflect only the positive aspects of the homeschooling journey. But what do you do when things aren’t going so smoothly?
Be encouraged. You’re not alone in your insecurities as educator or even as a parent; so many others have the same questions and concerns. Is your child learning enough? Is he at the same level as his traditionally-schooled peers? Is he retaining what he learns? Is he spending enough time on his lessons? Should your day be more structured, or less? Is he too isolated at home? Is he missing out on social times with friends? Should he be involved in more outside activities? Should he be involved in fewer? Is he learning any life skills?
As with any meaningful venture in life, homeschooling is done best when it isn’t done alone. Find a support group of homeschooling friends or acquaintances. See if there is a time once or twice a month you could get together – either at a home, a coffee shop, even a park if you need to bring the children along. If you don’t know any other homeschoolers yet, check with your local library, bookstores, and churches to see if they have any information to pass along.
When you do meet, give yourself permission to tell other homeschooling moms about your apprehensions. Most likely they’ve felt the same way at some time. Find out what worked for them, what didn’t, and what they’re going to try next. No one can understand your struggles more than those who have been there before.
What’s the biggest benefit you’ve gained from a homeschooling support group?