In general, homeschooling is a positive experience. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy. In between all of the fun and learning and all of the productivity and positive results, some days can be very challenging, too. Families that homeschool may have questions that only other homeschoolers can answer or frustrations that only other homeschoolers can understand.
Support needs differ from family to family and people have many different kinds of questions along the way. Some parents need help selecting curriculum while others need interpreting the laws. Some have questions about keeping a clean house when using it all day, while others need fresh ideas on how to teach different subjects.
Homeschooled kids have support needs, too. Some students need homework help. Other times, kids needs study partners or other students to collaborate with on assignments. Some students aren’t sure what areas they’d like to study, and talking to peers may give them ideas. And some kids want to find other kids to hang out and socialize with.
Homeschool support can help in all of these areas, and more.
Where can homeschoolers locate support where they live? This post can help: Finding local support
Where can homeschoolers find help online? This post can help: Finding online support
Is belonging to a support group required when homeschooling? Certainly not. However, it can be nice to know that a veteran homeschooler is nearby if you have any questions along the way. Plus, belonging to a support system opens up opportunities for activities for the whole family. Don’t discount the value of mom’s groups, either, as these can offer another dimension of support and the ability to form connections on different levels, too.
Help is available for homeschoolers who ask. Never be embarrassed or ashamed to look for help and answers. Remember, every homeschooler was a beginner once, too, thus no question is silly and most have been asked hundreds of times before. Homeschooling is a large and growing community — it’s easy to find exactly the kind of help you need.