We stood there in the aisle as tears welled in her eyes. It had been two weeks since she and her husband pulled their boys out of a horrible public school experience. Knowing that God had called them to homeschool, here she stood in our booth at the Marketplace in Ft. Myers….weak in the knees, wearing that “deer in the headlights look.”
Within minutes, we were sitting on stools while she poured her heart out.
Have you been there?
No clue where to start?
Worried that you would pick the wrong curriculum?
Unsure how to help a struggling student?
Looking for something, anything to help you stay on track?
Desperate to motivate your child to learn?
Lost in a sea of organizational failures?
Would you believe that you are not alone?
I talked to her about the many excellent curriculum choices, helping her select one that would give her confidence and still fit in a limited budget. I shared tips for teaching active boys. We laughed and even cried. I reminded her that He who had called her to this, would fully equip her for this work (Phil 2:13).
I have to admit. It’s absolutely my favorite part of this job…the binding together, encouraging one another to stand firm in the faith. If you’ve been homeschooling more than 5 minutes, you probably already recognize the great need we have for this type of camaraderie. And this past weekend, it was especially sweet.
The new Marketplace event is designed to specifically meet this need. <——-Did you catch that? Marketplace is a smaller scale version of our 3 day regional events and the biggest benefit is PERSONAL encouragement. Every vendor has specifically set aside time to mentor, encourage and equip you both in a small group workshop setting and one-on-one. And friends, this past weekend did not disappoint. The atmosphere was precious and moms left encouraged, equipped, and empowered.
Have you been homeschooling a long time? One of the sweetest conversations that I had was with a mom that had been homeschooling for over 12 years. As she walked away, she gave me the biggest hug, thanking me for “encouraging her tired heart.” I had to laugh as I thought that she had encouraged me at least as much as I could have possibly encouraged her!
But that is exactly the point. No matter where you are in this homeschooling journey…we need each other. Come, be a part of the community this summer at one of our Marketplace events. There is still time for you and your friends to register.
What city will you pick?
Kim Sorgius is our resident curriculum specialist and Marketplace director. She holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development and Learning from the University of South Florida. After teaching K-2 for 8 years, she traded in her classroom desk to homeschool her 4 children (2 girls and 2 boys). In the last 9 years, Kim has attended homeschool conventions across the country, evaluated students for progress, and of course educated her own children. She will be onsite at all Marketplace events to share her extensive knowledge of homeschool curriculum with you.