Today the last day of Homeschool Essentials.  It’s been a good couple of weeks week.  I pray my posts have been a blessing.   I talked all about our precious books! I shared our art supplies and I shared with you our essential need for a bit margin and time in our lives. On this final day, I want to talk to you about homeschooling in a supportive environment.  Let’s face it, if the world is against you homeschooling you will have an exhaustive uphill battle that you will like give up on.  Boy goal with this series was two fold.  First I wanted to give you a bigger view of what my own family’s homeschool life is like.  It is the most requested topic I get asked to talk or write about.  Second, I wanted to point you to the simple.  Nothing I wrote about was earth shattering.  Homeschooling doesn’t need to be more than that.  Our children can and will blow away our greatest expectations if we just keep it simple.

My Husband

My support comes from a few places.  Let me tell you about my main support first… my husband.  My husband Todd is my backbone.  He pushes me to never ever give up on any of my dreams. He is my biggest cheerleader.  He is that soft place to fall when things don’t go right.  He is my go- to person when I need to pick someone’s brain to figure out a problem.  He is the one who works his rear-end off at work in order to provide for every book, every art supply, all of our field trips, not to mention the roof over our head, the food in our belly, and the heat that pours from the furnace. On top of all of that, he pitches in around the house and even picks up my slack when life overwhelms me just a bit.

All of these things are super important and I can’t imagine taking on the enormous task of homeschooling our children without him doing all of these things.  But there is one other thing that is even more important.  My husband believes in homeschooling probably even more than I do.  He has made it a priority in our home.  He made the decision that come heck or high water, these kids will be homeschooled.  My husband will stop at nothing to ensure our children are always homeschooled.  That attitude legitimizes what I do and places a tremendous value on my roll in our family.  It makes my burden light.

The Review Crew

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I have been given some pretty amazing opportunities.  First, I’m connected to homeschoolers all over the world.  I’ve been friends, if only through cyber space, with some pretty amazing moms whom I never ever would have had the chance to meet.  We have our own little private place on the web where we pray for one another, support, encourage, laugh, and share with each other.  Sometimes they even set me straight when I’ve headed in the wrong direction.  They are a huge resource for me that can’t be replicated any place else.  I’ve learned about homeschooling programs, methods, and curriculum I’d have never ever heard of.

On top of that my children are blessed with learning opportunities, I couldn’t provide otherwise.  Through the crew, I am provided with all kinds of curriculum from all sorts of vendors to review. Some of the materials we receive become a part of our core curriculum which frees up our finances for other things.  At other times the crew gives us the opportunity to learn extra subjects we could never afford.  Through the crew my children have been learning Spanish, guitar, piano, chess, current world topics, and so much more I couldn’t list it all.  I can no longer imagine homeschooling without the crew.

My Local Homeschool Community

Not to be left out of the conversation is my local homeschool community.  Every year the number of homeschoolers in the area we live continues to grow.  We have the opportunity to participate in co-ops, fieldtrips, and playdates with so many friends.  Mommy has the chance to socialize with real life friends face to face with Mom’s night out and other events.  Homeschooling would be a lonely adventure without our local homeschool community.  The are my tribe.

Don’t Go It Alone!

These are my own personal supports that make my job as a homeschool mom so much easier.  I couldn’t imagine flying this gig solo.  I thank God every day for the people and opportunities He has put in my life.  If you are considering homeschooling do take serious stock of the help you’ll have.  You’ll be happier and your children more successful if you have a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on along the way.

Support! It’s essential!