Why are homeschool support groups so important?
- It’s important to have someone tell you occasionally that you’re doing a good job.
- You need someone to go to on those “bad” days. On those “bad” days, you’ll usually find that you’re not the only one having a tough time. It’s good to know that you’re not alone.
- You also need someone to rejoice with you on those days of rejoicing.
- Who better to get tips and advice from than those that have already been where you are now?
- Homeschoolers must band together to keep homeschooling free.
- Field trips!
- If you’re scared to death of the thought of teaching your child any subject, you will most likely be able to find someone in your group that is well versed in that subject and willing to help tutor your child. Homeschoolers are great at bartering.
- Used curriculum.
- Swapping of ideas.
- Many homeschoolers are business owners and very happy to offer their fellow homeschoolers a discount. I always go to my homeschool group first if I am in need of hired help.
- Where you find homeschoolers you’ll find teenagers that are very willing and able to babysit, mow your lawn, be a mother’s helper, etc.
- Your children will make life-long friends. Some even find spouses!
- You will make life-long friends.
The bottom line is, you are much more likely to be a successful homeschooler and to continue to homeschool if you are part of a support group. Especially for those beginning to homeschool, being part of a support group is vital. Don’t neglect this part of your homeschool. If you are not part of a support group, find one. If you can’t find one in your area, find one other homeschool family and start one. If you’ve let your membership expire, go renew it now!
I’ve had one homeschool mom tell me that their family has decided that they’re not joining anything that has a membership fee. If your homeschool support group has a membership fee, this should be a given and considered a part of your homeschool expenses just like paper, pencils, textbooks, etc. If you truly don’t have the money for the membership fee, ask your support group if they offer scholarships or some kind of work day that you can “earn” your membership. If that is not an option, find something you can do without to pay for your membership–like one dinner out. All it is is a matter of priorities, and considering that we’re talking about your children’s education, being a part of a support group should be very high on your priority list.