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    Find Your Sisters

    May 11, 2015 by Brandy Vencel

    [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen you decide to homeschool, you’re making a super huge commitment. And this commitment? It’s going to take a lot out of you. Sometimes, it’s going to take more than you have to give. By Friday, you might be running on fumes, and on Monday, you’ve got to get up and start it all over again. Now, I love homeschooling. Don’t get me wrong.

    But it isn’t easy.

    Introducing our new resource on starting a Scholé Sisters group. Because you NEED your sisters: other homeschooling moms just like you.

    People form partnerships and groups for things that are far less consuming than homeschooling. Take fitness and health, for example. You can get a workout partner or join a weight loss support group. You can train for a marathon with a friend, or hold each other accountable while you try to give up sugar.

    You see, when we try to do something hard, we instinctively know that we need support — that we can’t be successful alone.

    And yet homeschoolers are notorious for trying to do it all on their own.

    Even when they don’t have to.

    We Scholé Sisters want to encourage all homeschool moms to find, join, or create a community that learns together, grows together, and supports one another. This is our marathon training, where we encourage each other and help each other up when we fall.

    The fact is: we need each other.


    My Group

    My local group started out accidentally. Three of us — all AmblesideOnline moms — started reading a book together and meeting to discuss once per month. A couple ladies joined us a few months later, and for years it was only the five of us.

    There is this idea we sometimes get that groups have to be huge to be a “group.” That tiny group in the very beginning was just as encouraging and enriching as the large group that we have now grown to be.

    I knew I had felt a bit lonely trying to do something different than just school-in-a-box-with-Bible-added-on-top, but I didn’t realize how lonely until I started meeting with some others who got it, who had the same goals as I did when it came to education. I felt the difference. I used to be alone, and now I wasn’t. It was a beautiful thing. I had people who would be there for me, and to whom I could be a support.

    This group has been a huge blessing in my life, and I love my sisters.


    Find Your Sisters

    We’ve created some tools to help you form your own groups, so that you can start enjoying the benefit of a learning community with other homeschool mamas.

    First, we have our new free ebook, How to Start a Scholé Sisters Group. With an introduction by Dr. Christopher Perrin from Classical Academic Press, we cover both vision as well as practical details like how to form and how to lead — even how to be a good member!

    how to start SS groupSecond, we’ve put together a How to Start a Scholé Sisters Group Workshop. In it, we discuss how our own groups work, and even how a virtual group can solve practical issues for the geographical- and babysitting-challenged. The workshop includes not only the video component, but a number of downloads that serve as quick-references as you set out to start a Scholé Sisters group of your very own.

    Together, these two resources should provide everything you need to get going.

    Well, except for the people. Of course, I have mentioned many times that if you are looking for a Charlotte Mason group — or wanting to start one — a great resource is Charlotte Mason in Community. Also, I know that my local area has a private Facebook group, which is a great place to recruit people for a mother’s club. Check Facebook to find other homeschoolers in your area!


    Go Do This!

    You were created to be a part of a community, and you need other moms on this journey to help you keep to the path when times get hard. If you really want a group, then I would pray about it, asking God for help, and then Go Do It. If you’re putting things off because you are hazy on details, use the resources mentioned above. If you’re putting it off because your house isn’t clean enough or something, then you need to meet at a coffee shop and let the other details go.

    You probably needed a night out, anyhow. 😉


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  • Reply Anna May 12, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I couldn’t meet with my “sisters” last night because I caught a bad stomach bug. 🙁 Looking forward to watching the video as I recover.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 12, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Oh no! I’m sorry! I hope you are feeling better now, at least.

  • Reply Tricia Fowler May 11, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    All the homeschooling families I am acquainted with are very into Classical Conversations. I know no one who uses Charlotte Mason’s methods but myself! Do all the mother’s in your group use C.M. Methods? Do you find that there are conflicts among the mom’s in your group over styles of educating? These questions may be answered in the resources but I haven’t had a chance to look at them yet. I think “mother culture” is a more unified front for a group in my area….all the mother’s I know are heavily C.C. dependent. (Bummer for me.)

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 11, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      *My* group is specifically a CM group, yes. But even a classical group would be awesome if you can get them reading David Hicks or James Taylor or what have you. I think Mother Culture would be fantastic also! We have a huge CC group here where I am, but only a couple of our moms participate.

      Pam {she’s part of the workshop} has a group that is similar to CC and her group doesn’t specifically study CM, though they did recently read For the Children’s Sake.

  • Reply kimberly May 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I’ve been posting quotes from the e-book for several days on a FB HS group I belong to and inviting everyone over to my home this week to launch a SS group. Thanks for the resources!!
    Now, I just hope ladies will come. 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Oh, that is so great! I hope they come. I will pray they do. 🙂

  • Reply Karen @ The Simply Blog May 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I look forward to looking at these new resources from Schole Sisters! Thank you to you all! 🙂

    I wanted to mention that when I go to your blog on my desktop, the pop up window comes up about subscribing to your site and I can just click on the “x” to close it out and then read your blog. However, when I go to your blog on my tablet, the subscription box comes up but it won’t close out. So I’m not able to read your posts. Thought you might like to know that.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 11, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Gr! Thank you for telling me about that Karen! I really appreciate it. I thought I had fixed it. I was trying to get rid of the Hello Bar at the top because it came to my attention that on small screens it practically took up the whole thing. So I tried this, but OBVIOUSLY not better. 🙂 Oops. It’s on my list for tomorrow to fix it…

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