There are a great many homeschoolers out there who aren’t really home very much since they are so involved in activities outside the home. For some it comes very easy to get involved. For others, it’s a bit more difficult. Maybe there aren’t many activities available in your area or maybe you’re just a bit of an introvert (like me!) and aren’t really all that excited by the idea of getting out and meeting up with others.
I’ll be honest. I’m an introvert.
I’m quite happy chatting with you here online. And honestly, I’d probably really enjoy chatting with you in person, too. It’s just that the IDEA of having to go make the effort is a bit scary to me. And when we’re done, I’m probably going to need a nap to recover.
It’s hard for me to commit to activities. And so it’s hard for me to get my kids out with a group of other kids.
But I do it.
You know why?
Because even if I’m struggling to make it, they are having a great time, building beautiful friendships and discovering everything. They are worth that.
When we moved here to beautiful Virginia, I didn’t realize just how far away most activities were. In New Jersey, where we lived, most things happened within a 5 or 10 minute drive.
Not here! Everything that was being planned by someone seemed to be about 45 minutes away. So I started asking around. Sure enough, we discovered quite a few lovely homeschooling families right within about 15 minutes of us. Surely there would be someone willing to coordinate some activities?
Turns out we had lots of interest in attending… Not so much in the leading.
So I jumped in. How hard could it be, I thought. We just pick a time and spot and meet up! The internet makes that so easy.
I’ll admit. There’s been quite a bit more to it than that, but I also want to encourage you, because it’s not all that hard to do. I was right. But something else has happened that I didn’t expect. I’m committed.
This morning, my alarm went off. I normally don’t set one. So if it DOES go off, there’s a good reason for it. When I heard it this morning, I immediately shut it off, knowing I had another set for a half hour later (knowing your own failures and weaknesses can pay off, my friends. Don’t be afraid to admit you’re not a morning person!). I did not want to get up. I did not want to wake all the children and gather them all into the car and shuffle us all off to the field trip we had planned for the day. If I wasn’t leading the group of us, I likely would have done what a few other moms did. I would have emailed them and said we weren’t coming. Too tired. Don’t feel like it. 🙂
But instead, we got ourselves up and ready. We packed a picnic lunch and got ourselves out to the White House Farm Foundation for a tour and a hike to the river. It was fun. I’m really glad that we did it. We got to see some friends and make new ones and we learned a lot about local wildflowers and creatures that live in the Shenandoah River. And if I hadn’t been totally committed to this group of families, we would have missed it all!
If you’re local to Page County Virginia and want to join us, we’d love to have you. No committment required! 😉
If you’re NOT local, you might consider either starting up your own group or volunteering to help your local group leader out. Trust me… She’ll be grateful!
A book that I’m about to purchase during the 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale (you’ve heard about that…. right?) is a great place to start if you aren’t sure how to organize an activity. I really can’t wait to read more of the ideas in this big e-book. Activity Days for Homeschool Groups And Families is full of ideas, lists, tips and more… Here’s some info from their website:
“The book homeschool support group leaders have been waiting for…”
“Relief for busy leaders . . .”
A partial list of topics:
Creative ideas for your activity days
- Community Helpers Day
- Hands-On Art
- Track and Field Day
- Dissection Day
- Learn to Play the Soprano Recorder
- Math Day
- Love and Friendship Day
- Achievement Day
- And much, much more!
“Everything you need to host great activity days for your group.”
- Organizing the event
- Supply lists
- Tips for success
- Pitfalls to avoid
- Getting others involved
- Full-size patterns and handouts
“A gift for busy homeschool moms—ideas for support groups
I’m EXTRA excited to purchase this book in the Mom #1 Bundle this year at the 2015 Build Your Bundle sale. Normally this book by itself is almost $22. But I get the whole bundle for $12! Seriously… The book is almost half price and everything else (there’s a lot!) is free! I can’t wait to read it and use what I learn there.
Sandra Modersohn is a devoted wife, mother, and homeschooler. She loves great graphic design and has a passion for creating beautiful and useful printable materials for children. Little Learning Lovies where she shares her creations with the world. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, at the Little Learning Lovies Blog and Store.
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