Number 2 on my list of homeschool essentials is: People.
People are a part of our lives. We need to recognize that and look at the roles they play in our lives. When I was examining the list of things that I felt was necessary for homeschooling, people came up in a number of different ways. And they all had a positive effect on me. People are necessary.
Many of the people that impact me are folks that I know in real life and see or talk to often and some online friends that I chat with a lot. They encourage me; they support me; they tell me the truth; they pray for me; they help me take time for myself; they give me strength. These are family, friends, and church family. These people are important to me. Thank you to my family, friends, and church family because without you, our family would stumble a lot more than we already do.
There is another group of people that are significant contributors to our homeschooling, even if they don’t know it. These are the bloggers, pinners, and others online that willing share their experiences, materials, and ideas. These folks make it possible for me and others to take on a project that interests our kids when we don’t even know where to begin. They share their lives and educational experiences with us in this virtual world and they make a difference. Their ideas encourage me, challenge me, strike my creativity, and help me meet the needs of my kids. Thank you to all of you who fit into this area.
All people we come into contact with, in real life or the virtual world, affect us. It can be positive. Or not. I strive to avoid anything that is less than positive for our family and our educating. I’ll skip right over those posts on Facebook that are not an encouragement to me and go find that next person’s post who will help me on with my job as Christian. As wife. As mother. As educator. As a woman struggling to be where God wants me when the world tells me my place is different.
And I strive to be one of those people who will encourage you on your path, as well. This is why my number 2 homeschool essential is people. Because people make a difference.
Want more Homeschooling Essentials? Visit these bloggers.
Nicole @ Journey to Excellence
Adriana @ Homeschool Ways
Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool
Meg @ Adventures with Jude
Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Julie @ Nurturing Learning
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor