Yes I am beginning my 16th year of homeschooling. Honestly we have a school routine, we know what activities the kids want, and what school books work at our house. How quickly I check the box on what needs to be done and move forward with the old established routine.
The downside to that established routine…doesn’t leave room for anything new…including interacting with a new homeschooling family.
Okay I am going to publicly declare that I am veteran homeschooling momma even though I am pretty sure my oldest was just in Kindergarten not that long ago. Oh the denial of becoming the older woman.
Since this school year I am reaping the benefits of having a brand new homeschooling family in my life…I wanted to share them with you.
The Blessings of Including A New Homeschooling Family:
- Research mode. Since I know what works for my family I do not spend a lot of time looking at the newest or even different homeschool items. Which for the most part is an okay habit. But when answering all the newbie questions and then sharing how things work for us…you might be surprised when a new homeschooling family shows you something you have never seen and it might just be a perfect fit. Yes it is a give and take opportunity for discussing homeschool topics.
- Back to school party. Yes it has been 10 years since I planned a back school party…but this year we are partying. We have invited a few friends, planned a few minute to win it games, and created themed snacks. For fun I might do a small photo session for some back to school photos. What a great chance to get to know our new homeschooling friends better and make sure fun is on the calendar for this school year.
- Field Trips. I have reached the point in homeschooling where my mind thinks I have done all the field trips. Then my youngest starts complaining that he was in a stroller and does not remember going to Gettysburg. Then new places like Diggerland open and I find a great chance to get a group of homeschoolers together for field trip Fridays. Yes, fields trips are even better when you do not have to plan all the details! I am pretty sure I would have skipped this aspect of learning without some friends to share it with.
- Build Community. We need each other, she brings the newbie excitement to the table and I bring the old calm wisdom of how the system works. I needed the reminder of what it is like to take the first plunge to homeschool; the fear of doing it right, the guilt of how to do it all, and the excitement of starting a new adventure.
It’s almost like reminding myself, “Are you sitting in the same church pew every Sunday?” Get out of your comfort zone and make it welcoming to the new homeschooling family…it might just be the best move you make this homeschooling year.