You’ve started your new adventure called homeschooling. You were nervous, but you did your homework. Serious planning has occurred and your teacher plan book is ready to go.
But, now, what do you do when things don’t go as planned? What happens when your kids begin to cry at the sight of their math book. Where do you turn?
When you’re new to homeschooling or just new to some perplexing issue, you need a support system. Maybe your in-laws don’t exactly count, but their are plenty of other people to turn to.
Local Homeschool Groups or Co-Ops
There are many ways to find support in your hometown. Whether you find a group through your church or another place, there are quite a few available. I’ve participated in wonderful small church groups and larger co-ops. I found amazing friends, mentors, and support in both groups.
Word-of-mouth is the best way to find groups, but if you’re stumped you can contact your state organization to find one. Within groups like these, you may find your child’s new best friend as well as the perfect math tutor. You’ll love the compassion and care from friends who are in the same boat as you.
Online Homeschool Support Groups
Online homeschool support groups come in all shapes and sizes. You can find groups on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and multiple forums. Some groups are local, some statewide, and many are international. The great thing about online groups is that you will find tons of opinions and there will be many with questions and many with answers.
You won’t necessarily agree with everyone you meet online, but that’s the beauty of it. As you hear many things you’ve never thought of before, it helps you to learn. You’ll learn new approaches and things that you’ll think are wrong. But, all of this helps you to solidify or change your homeschooling philosophy. This will make you a better teacher.
State Homeschool Associations
I’ve gone to my state’s homeschool website so many times! It’s a place filled to the brim with resources for new and veteran moms alike. Homeschool laws, field trips, testing, How-To lessons, convention information, and much more can be found there. I love how they have books to recommend and are there to answer questions on any topic.
My state’s website has tons of encouraging articles from bloggers and others. Since I got to be a Convention Blogger last year, I met many of these fine moms. The best way to stay abreast of everything homeschool-related in your state is to join your state’s organization. You can receive help that will be worth it’s weight in gold.
I love encouraging homeschool moms! I had the privilege of leading my churches homeschool group and it was such a blessing. Please visit the Homeschool Tab on the blog to find a ton of posts covering all sorts of topics. If there is a homeschooling topic you would like to know more about, please let me know. Any questions, just ask!
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