I’ve homeschooled in 2 states: Washington, and Illinois. (What about the state of confusion, you say? Well, that’s another story.) Both of them have excellent State support organizations. I was part of excellent support groups in both cases. ICHE, (The Illinois Christian Home Educators), WSCHE, (West Suburban Christian Home Educators) and in Washington, REACH East (Responsible Education Achieved in Christian Homes on the Eastside.) I was also a member of HSA Issaquah 20 years ago when I first started Home Educating. What did those groups do for me?
- They provided me contact with like minded people.
- They provided field trips, events, organized gym classes and Park days.
- They made me feel less isolated, because I made good friends.
- They gave me people to pray with and for.
- They gave me opportunities to volunteer to do the things I wanted for my kids like a spelling bee, a science fair, an arts night. I wrote a Newsletter and managed a prayer chain.
As I volunteered in these positions, I became stronger in my conviction to homeschool. I saw beyond the current year and into the future where I would no longer be homeschooling (that arrived this year) and the further future where my grandchildren would be homeschooled by my kids. (Just starting.)
I became connected to a huge community of homeschoolers that I admire: Pioneers like Jenny Sockey, Diana Waring, Janice Hedin, Susan Wise Bauer, and many others who paved the way so we had an easier time homeschooling our children. My knowledge and comfort in my role as a homeschooling mom increased whether I was wearing a denim jumper or not. 🙂
I advise you to join a support group. Those relationships might be the bolstering you need to keep you strong in the face of adversity. I encourage you to become active and volunteer there to help the newer generation just beginning their journey. If you’re part of that new generation, Welcome, we’re glad for you to come alongside us and pick up the mantle as we all push for the goal of training our kids in the way they should go. No matter what state you live in if you Google: (Insert your state name here) Homeschool Support Group , you should find one or two you can look into.
I think you’ll be happy you did.