As homeschoolers it is so important for us to be a united community. Some new homeschoolers have mentioned they have not made homeschool friends yet. I can tell you from experience, it does take time. Starting out as a new homeschooler either with Kindergarten or transferring from public school, it is easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond. We were there a few years ago and now have friends in a widespread area. For instance, it is great when we are in Cleveland, Medina, etc, to catch up with friends.
I enjoy seeing families who have met through our field trips and encounters, and have become friends. It is a blessing! That is one of the goals of the blog, to meet others, while kids enjoy experiences and education together. God wants all His people to be in community:
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24-25
There are groups, and I am not sure how I feel about the word group? It is sometimes difficult to be the "new" person in an established group. Some groups do require a membership fee. My blog, anyone is welcome to join at anytime :) and there are no membership fees to participate in field trips and opportunities posted.
Our family is always open to meeting and assisting others begin their journey or help along the way. I try to establish one on one meetings or playdates as well as group activities.
If offer interested Moms, a Moms' Support Group. No fees, but would like to have regular participation to make it worth everyone's time to meet! We would likely meet every few months and then see if there is interest for monthly? I believe it is important for Moms to gather, support, encourage and share/exchange information. Also as the Word states:
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." 1 Thessolonians 5:11
"For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone." Romans 14:7
We are all homeschooling for the benefit of our children. Where there are many, there is so much more to celebrate and rejoice in:
"What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up." 1 Corinthians 14:26
We can strengthen one another, where one lacks skill or expertise, another is there to guide:
"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17
With community, it is nice to know there is someone that you may call upon with questions, concerns, help with the kids or when hubby is out of town to share time and a meal with. Game nights get the husbands more involved and the ability to get to know each other. Wouldn't it be great for them to have friends to lend a hand? If you are like us, we do everything around the home ourselves to save money. I know my hubby would have enjoyed a couple spare hands helping paint our home this past summer. By working together and with many hands it makes the work light, and builds and strengthens relationships. Helping others also makes you feel amazing: you feel good because you are helping them and they feel good because they are receiving help!!! Everyone has talents and resources to share. Let's build a community together :) Will you join us?
Please email you thoughts to Kim, DecadentChocolate@gmail.com. Merci Beaucoup!