It can be daunting when you first look into homeschooling or unschooling your children. These days, it's not the usual path to take and can be met by family and friends with anything from surprise to resistance, or they could be supportive. Either way, because we no longer have examples in place for how you might approach educating your child outside of the school system, it's no surprise that many of us can wonder where to start, whether we can do this or even if we're intelligent enough to do this.
This is why I feel that connecting with other home educators and building a support network is so important. So for the Steem network I'd like to introduce HomeEdders.
While not a home educator, or even a parent, himself, @lordnigel has been incredibly gracious and gifted us this account for the community. Support can come from all places and he's one of many who have been of great support to myself, @minismallholding, during my time on Steem.
Someone else who has stepped forward to get this community off the ground is @crosheille, a homeschooling mother of 5. She has a range of experience, not least of which is homeschooling with what I consider a large family. Along with myself, she is a moderator on the HomeEdders discord group.
Another who is not a home educator himself, but has been a great supporter is @Pennsif. @Pennsif has been working to bring together alternative lifestyle communities on Steem almost since the moment he arrived here. He was the first to put together a list of homeschoolers and unschoolers on the @altlife account. He's also given the @HomeEdders account a 1000 SP delegation to get us going.
How do people feel about a challenge to start us off? As I've already mentioned, the decision to home educate can meet resistance from some. So as our first challenge, or question of the week, let's share what sort of opposition we could meet or have met. Perhaps consider:
Did you have struggles with naysayers when you started homeschooling?
Have you had to deal with opposition while homeschooling? If so how did you handle it?
What tips can you give for dealing with homeschooling oppositions?
Share your tips on how to deal with homeschooling skeptics.
Do you have any experiences from homeschooling which would they never could have gotten at school and have been the example you needed to put a sceptic’s concerns to rest?
Anyone who had ever home educated or is considering home education or even feels they have something good to offer to this topic is welcome to have a go at sharing thoughts and making a post on it. Please leave a link to your post in the comments, so we don't miss it.
Your post might be shared on the discord and/or the HomeEdders page. We also have Steem and @steembasicincome shares to give out for our favourite posts.
For awareness I'm tagging the home educators we already know of. If you wish to be removed from being tagged in the future please let myself, @minismallholding, or @crosheille know. In the future I'll move to announcing things on the discord.
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