One thing I am thankful for this Thanksgiving is the homeschool group our family is privileged to be a part of here in the city.

If you’ve ever had the privilege of teaching your children at home, then you’ve probably discovered that while it has its utterly beautiful, indescribably rewarding moments…it can also have it’s frustrating, hold back the tears, “what have I gotten myself into?” moments. And at certain times in our lives, it can be just plain lonely and overwhelming. This is especially true if you do not have a community outside the home in which you can be involved in. 

I have been homeschooling our daughter for a few years now, and the first couple of years were rollercoaster-like. I loved teaching her! She was a perfect student, but (because of the age gap between her and our younger girls) I found homeschooling during the pregnancy, nursing, and life with young babes seasons of life… to be more challenging than I had imagined it would be.

My oldest daughter, a true social butterfly, also struggled.

She had a real longing to have friends her age…to be amongst her peers.

And our church (being in the early stages) had no school-age children… just babies.

So, my husband and I hoped for some time that we could find other homeschooling families in the city… to form friendships with and learn from.

We knew there had to be someone, but we had no idea how to find them!

And then, a friend introduced us to a family who knew of a homeschool group meeting just a few miles from our house! I couldn’t believe it….but that’s China for you!

You never truly know what’s around the corner in these massive cities! Word of mouth is EVERYTHING!

The group was made up of Christian families from all different backgrounds, with all different jobs and situations. They met up once a week to give their children the opportunity to study under qualified teachers in a classroom setting amongst their peers.  It was exactly what we were looking for!

The co-op ended up being a huge encouragement to me and has been ever since! I have learned so much from the “seasoned” moms of the group…and have had fun laughing with the younger moms as we try to navigate all of this together!

We feel very blessed, and  our children love having this opportunity to learn among friends!

 

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All dressed up for Hat Day

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At work in art class

 

If you are planning to homeschool, I highly recommend looking for a homeschool group, or co-op, to be a part of in your area. Even if it seems unlikely, it never hurts to ask around! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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