The Importance of a Homeschool Community
As a homeschool mom, I know all too well the importance of being in a homeschool community. What do I mean by community? A community is a group of like-minded individuals that meets regularly to establish relationships. When I first started on my homeschooling journey, I quickly recognized that I needed support and that I couldn’t be on this journey alone.
According to AZ2zhomeschooling, less than 5% of school aged children are homeschooled. I’m not sure if these numbers are correct, so you can do a little bit more research. With those numbers in mind, it’s essential to be in a community.
Homeschooling could be a lonely road, but it doesn’t have to be. Actually, it shouldn’t be. We were designed to be in harmony with others. We are stronger when we have constant fellowship on a regular basis. My family is currently using the Classical model of learning. We are enrolled in a great homeschool community with Classical Conversations and I’m so thankful for the friendships and relationships that we’ve been able to foster over the years.
Why you need a homeschool community:
- To build friendships/relationship for yourself and your children. Often times, people have this myth that homeschooled kids have no social skills. In order to combat this myth in your own family, I strongly suggest you find other families in order to build quality relationships. The relationships are key for you as a mother and for your kids.
- To be around like-minded individuals. There’s nothing like getting together with other like-minded individuals in order to bounce off your ideas.
- Regular field trips. You can always go on field trips by yourself, but going with a community adds more excitement and enjoyment for your kids. It’s always good to see the younger and older children interacting with one another on field trips.
- For emergency purposes. Years ago, a family in my community was going through a rough illness. As a community, we rallied around her by providing meals and just loving on her family during this difficult time.
- Encouragement for moms. As I stated in another post, there will be good and challenging days. When challenging days occur, it’s good to have someone to talk to for encouragement.
- Encouragement for dads. Believe it or not, dads also need encouragement during the homeschool journey. In many instances, this is why we, as moms, have this fabulous opportunity to be home with our children. Dads need to connect with other dads. In many households, the they are hands off, so this provides an opportunity for them to connect with other like-minded fathers. There are also some good networking opportunities among them.
- Adult conversations. Most of the time children will play and have their own conversations amongst themselves, but mother’s need adult conversations as well. Some of my favorite conversations center around family, curriculum, recipes and business ideas.
I would love to hear your thoughts on a homeschool community. Are you part of a community? If so, how has it benefited your family?