Why Community Matters in Homeschooling

Let’s face it, homeschooling can feel like a solo voyage sometimes, but it definitely doesn’t have to be!

Connecting with other homeschooling families can be like finding a treasure chest filled with support, resourceful tips, and opportunities for some awesome socializing for you and your kiddos. Chatting with others on the same journey can give you fresh ideas, and you can swap stories about the highs and lows.

Plus, there’s something super comforting about being part of a community that gets it, you know? It just makes the whole homeschooling adventure a whole lot richer!

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Here are some ways to connect with other homeschool families:

Online forums and social media

Ever thought about hopping onto online homeschooling forums (I really like Brave Learner, and you can get free access if you purchase a Brave Writer program) or Facebook groups?

There’s a whole cyber-world out there where homeschooling parents like us are swapping ideas, lending an ear, and dishing out some pretty cool resources. These online hangouts can be a lifesaver, especially if you’re just getting your feet wet in the homeschooling world or hunting for fresh ideas to shake things up. Trust me; it’s worth a click!

Get out of the house

Now hear me out! When I say ‘get out of the house’, I mean embracing those daytime hours when most folks are at school. Head on over to the library, hit the park, or check out that local museum you’ve been eyeing.

You’d be amazed at how many other homeschooling families you can bump into this way – trust me, I’ve met a bunch of great ones myself!

Homeschool meetups

Have you thought about scoping out some local homeschooling groups or meetups? You’ll be surprised at the awesome families you’ll bump into! It’s the perfect place to trade experiences, pick up a few tricks of the trade, and find some fresh resources.

Plus, these get-togethers aren’t just for us grown-ups – they’re a fun chance for the kiddos to hang out, make some buddies, and participate in group activities. Give it a go; it’s a win-win for everyone!

My kids hiking with a local homeschool group

Co-op classes and clubs

How about diving into local homeschool co-op classes or clubs? These gems are set up by fellow homeschooling families and offer a buffet of group learning experiences across different subjects.

Co-ops are a fantastic place for your kids to learn alongside their peers and for us parents to either share some of our know-how or pick up a trick or two from others. It’s all about leaning into this homeschooling adventure together!

Conferences and workshops

How about checking out homeschooling conferences, workshops, or even seminars? They’re a great way to soak up wisdom from folks who’ve been homeschooling for ages and experts in the field.

Plus, these gatherings are like a social mixer where you can meet and connect with other homeschooling families—just imagine all the friendly faces and potential playdates!

Fun fact, the last homeschool seminar I attended featured Julie Bogart from Brave Writer and was hosted by the founder of Beautiful Feet Books, Rea Berg.

It was a lovely, intimate event where I met some wonderful homeschoolers from all walks of life. Even though we don’t live in the same town, many of us have stayed connected on social media.

Once you’ve met fellow homeschoolers, now it’s time to make consistent interactions!

Organize playdates and field trips

Why not team up with other homeschooling families for fun get-togethers, shared adventures on field trips, or group activities?

These outings are a win-win—your kiddos get some much-needed hangout time with friends while you get to swap stories, share your homeschooling wins or challenges, and lean on each other throughout this homeschooling ride.

Volunteer together

How about teaming up with other homeschool families for community service projects or volunteer work?

It’s a wonderful way to foster a giving spirit and a sense of empathy in our kids, and at the same time, it strengthens the bond between families who share similar values and goals. Nothing brings people together quite like making a positive difference in our communities!

Share resources and curriculum materials

Why not get in touch with other families to swap or share homeschooling goodies, like curriculum, resources, or other nifty learning materials?

It’s a smart way to keep costs down and allows your kiddo to dive into a broader pool of educational stuff. Sharing really is caring, after all, especially when it comes to learning resources!

Fun with homeschool friends

Final Thoughts

So here’s the thing – by taking some time to find and connect with other homeschooling families, you can transform your homeschooling experience.

These new friends can offer a treasure trove of insights and resources, not to mention a sense of community that just feels like home.

Both you and your kiddos will enjoy the homeschooling journey more – trust me; it’s way better when you know you’re not doing it alone. So go ahead, reach out, and create that supportive network. It’s a game-changer!

Do you need more help leaning into a relaxed homeschool mindset? I’m here to help you – let’s chat!


Xuan Klevecka is a Southern California-based homeschool mom, wife, and Holistic Homeschool Mindset Coach. She’s an Enneagram 5w4, a lover of good food, and a former middle school history teacher. You’ll either find her looking at road maps and daydreaming about her family’s next epic adventure or perusing recipes and cooking up a feast for the brood.

 


 

 

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