Running home school groups is full of challenges, including catering to special needs students. Here is how we are bridging the gap.
The THSC Leadership Support Team brings leaders together twice a year to pour back into you, just like you do for the families in your group.
How can groups offer great programs and not exhaust the servant-hearted leadership volunteers who take on the difficult administrative tasks of navigating Texas laws?
Home school group leaders have the tremendous job of multitasking! Leaders tackle an array of tasks every week ranging from housework, errands, finances, meal preparation, church ministries, extracurricular programs, part-time jobs and running home school groups. Additionally, we are wives and moms, and we are teaching our children! I am continually amazed when I talk to leaders who balance all of these things, and yet still take the time to mentor a new home school mom or have a cup of coffee with a dear friend. What are these leaders’ secrets?
This year has been a year of abundant joy, but it has not been free of its share of struggles.
Leaders are often faced with personal trials that they do not share outside of their closest inner circle. This can leave them feeling overwhelmed as they listen to complaints and criticism from others. Many are unaware of how leaders take these words to heart as they strive to continually improve the groups they serve.
Leadership in a co-op can be stressful. Though I was concerned about teaching this semester, I decided to teach a class of six- to eight-year-old children. I teach first hour, and it feels like the perfect time because the tender hearts of these children leave me better prepared to deal with some of the crazy things that happen in our co-op. On a recent cool, sunny morning in late September, I arrived early, with great plans to get into my classroom ahead of schedule. When I arrived, however, I noticed a terrible blackness all over the walls of the church. The church was engulfed in a swarm of crickets!
Home schooling across the country is booming. Our home school groups are growing too. For example, co-op enrollment in my group jumped about 33% from last semester! This is good news for a country clearly in need of strong leadership from the next generation. This alternate form of education we call home schooling, with discipleship starting inside the home, has proven to be an excellent tool for growing leaders that are willing to stand for what they believe.
Last fall, over 80 leaders crowded into the 2016 South Texas Leader’s Conference held at The Woodlands, Texas to enjoy informative workshops and see Ely Butuyan of LIGHT Katy Co-op selected as the 2016 South Texas Leader of the Year! It was exciting that she had been selected, because having met her, it was easy to see what an impact she has in Katy, Texas.
Summer is almost here, and most of our home school groups enjoy the summer off! For you, as a leader, it’s time for quiet mornings on the deck with your morning coffee and your Bible study. Maybe you prefer sipping an ice-cold lemonade and enjoying warm afternoons, blissfully listening to your children playing in the backyard while the sound of a distant lawnmower lulls you into a nap . . . .
But wait! You are a home school group leader, and that means it’s time to get ready for next semester!
Home school group leaders work hard . . . sometimes late into the night! Often, when I’m working late into the evening, updating a lesson plan or preparing something for my home school group, I wonder about all of the other dedicated Texas home school group leaders who could be, at that very minute, working tirelessly to make their own personal home school great, and still running a much-needed group to serve home school families in their area! Those are the times that I know you might need to access resources--day and night. In the past you had to wait for some information because almost everyone else was still asleep!