AKA – How did I find friends who understood what I was doing? and How did I find friends for my children?
I started searching online for local information related to home schooling. Somewhere along the way, I found a link to a Yahoo Group for a home school group in my suburb. After filing out some contact information, I was approved to join the group. There I became one of hundreds of other home schoolers in my town! I was sooo excited!
I was also able to discover other local home school groups and co-ops by searching online. (A co-op is a group of families that get together to share learning experiences. Often times, each mama will lead a class and the children rotate between classes. It is an excellent format because it exposes kids to other teachers, but it is still a home school format.)
A quick side note: Shortly after joining the group, I found out one of my favorite homeschool bloggers had recently moved to our area and was a member. I was giddy! Unfortunately she had some server issues, so her blog isn’t what it once was, but if you are interested, you can find her here. She has TONS of information on American Girls, Mad Science, Lapbooks, and more. You might have to search for topics in the search bar, but there is lots of good stuff there.
We started attending events set up by different mamas in the group. I found friends who could relate, and so did the boys. It was a heaven-sent treasure.
The group has changed throughout the years. There is definitely an ebb and flow to it. Some years are boisterous and fun, others are more reserved and focused. Either way it has been a blessing to me and to my family.