I've said it before, but it's worth repeating,"Homeschooling can feel like an isolated endeavor". This feeling is acutely felt in the urban community as the usual go-to resources like co-ops and learning centers can be prescriptive, cliquey, or expensive. Yet there is a push within our emerging diverse homeschool community to create opportunities to "come together" - connect, discover opportunities, share resources and build community.
Last week, I attended the Homeschool Conference & Explorers Day Camp in Philadelphia. The event which was hosted by The Academy of Natural Sciences and organized by Maleka Diggs, owner of Eclectic Learning Network was a blast! While I served on the Parent Panel, I walked away with as many strategies and insights from the other parents and presenters as I hopefully offered them. The attendees were representative of many different social-ethnic-economic groups. There were dads (oh yeah!), single moms, ex-teacher parents (like myself), WFHM/SAHM?WOHM, virtual and blended homeschoolers, some with one child in school and another being homeschooled, folks who have homeschooling from the start and others about to embark on the journey.
Here are a few take-aways we can all benefit from.
Remember, there are programs and services and communities of like-minded and mission-shared families out there available and hoping to connect with you. You need to get out there and connect back. Show up, and you'll be shown possible ways to move forward.