It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been homeschooling, at some point in time you will need homeschool help along the way. Whether you have to tackle a subject that you struggle with, a child needs extra help or you need to change your homeschooling method, every homeschool mom needs help throughout her family’s homeschooling journey.
The hardest step is acknowledging that you need help for your homeschool. It isn’t easy to accept the fact that you need help for your children and their education. Yet, there comes a time when you can’t keep making changes just to try and find something that works. Children need consistency and homeschool moms don’t have time or energy to waste, so finding the help they need in a timely manner is important.
However, finding the homeschool help that you need is not always easy. Everyone has their own opinion, each child learns differently, every homeschool journey is unique and there are countless resources to sift through online. Having multiple options and even opinions when you need homeschool help can be a blessing, so long as you take time to pray and seek the Lord’s direction before making any decisions.
I’ve been homeschooling my children for 8 years and there have been several times when I’ve needed homeschool help. I haven’t always looked for or accepted it as often as I should, but I have learned that God places the right homeschool helps in my life when I need it. I just have to keep my eyes, heart and mind open to receiving the help that He knows I need for our homeschooling journey.
Find Homeschool Help from Fellow Homeschool Moms
As a homeschool graduate I was certain that I was going to use the same homeschool curriculum that my mom had used with my brothers and I. However, I was wrong. I used quite a bit of it when my children were in elementary school, but there came a time when I knew it just wasn’t working for us anymore. I didn’t know what to do, but God brought someone into my life whose advice was exactly what I needed at the time. We changed our homeschooling method and my children and I began to enjoy learning together again.
I’ve been interested in a particular homeschool curriculum several times on our homeschool journey, but it is more expensive than anything we’ve ever used before. So, I’d always put it off as not being an option for us, until this year. I reached out to a friend that was a huge supporter of the curriculum and asked her opinion. After chatting with her and my husband for several weeks, researching the curriculum itself, shopping for the most frugal option and praying for God’s direction, I finally made the decision to purchase a set to use over the summer.
I haven’t always had homeschool mom friends to help me along our homeschooling journey. So, if you find your self without any of your own, know that you’re not alone. If you aren’t already part of a homeschool group or you can’t seem to find one local to you, try looking on Facebook or on HSLDA to find one in your area.
Find Homeschool Help through Literature
While I’ve been blessed to have amazing homeschool moms to help me make big decisions for our homeschooling journey along the way, that isn’t the only way I’ve found homeschool help over the last 8 years. Before I became confident in myself as a homeschool mom, I searched for homeschool help books online.
Find Homeschool Help through Homeschool Conferences and Conventions
When I was in high school my mom helped coordinate huge homeschool conferences in South Texas. I remember how much she and fellow homeschool moms looked forward to going to the speaker sessions to receive encouragement, homeschool help and resources for their homeschooling journeys.
While I haven’t been able to attend a homeschool conference in person, I do attend the 2:1 Homeschool Blogger Conference each fall and I’ve enjoyed several online homeschool conventions as well. In fact, I was blessed to be a speaker in the Digital Homeschool Convention last year, along with 30+ other speakers seeking to inspire and help fellow homeschool moms just like you!
Find Homeschool Help Online
There are countless websites that are full of homeschool help for specific homeschooling methods, curriculum and more! If you aren’t sure where to start check out Homeschool.com’s Online Forum. I love that the curriculum that we’re testing out this summer has its own forum boards for homeschool moms to find homeschool help specific to the curriculum they’re using!
A quick search using your homeschool curriculum name or homeschooling method on Facebook will likely turn up several groups filled with homeschool moms that understand where you’re coming from and want to encourage and help you on your own homeschooling journey.
Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for or look for help, every homeschool mom has times when she needs help for her homeschooling journey.
Where do you find homeschool help for your family’s homeschooling journey?