Thank you, my dear readers, for your input, contributions, support, and expressions of appreciation! I love you all! Over the last year, I've received a lot of positive feedback about the Oahu Homeschool Mom website, blog, and Facebook page. Knowing that what I've put together on here is helpful to someone is truly my primary motivation!
When I started homeschooling here years ago, it felt like it took a long time and a lot of digging to figure things out; to discover all the resources, support, and options available to me. It seemed that it was all scattered... it was almost like going on a scavenger hunt! And that process is still continuing as often I am still learning and seeking and finding. When we did (do) have a great homeschool group forum, different people would (do) understandably ask the same things repeatedly over time because they needed help finding answers to those common questions. Searching old forum or Facebook group threads was (is) often time consuming, inefficient, and overwhelming (or underwhelming if the search was fruitless). It was somewhat akin to an archeological dig, sifting through fluff and dust to find a small jewel of info, only to find it was old and outdated! Groups might put together some info in files, but it was then limited to that group's members and those who chose to be on Facebook, or had some other restriction. But if a person was lucky enough to be a part of many groups or circles of homeschool acquaintances, they could piece together the local homeschool resource puzzle. But I wanted to put those puzzle pieces in one place or at least give clearer directions to the scavenger hunter on where to look!
This website started as, and continues to be, a way to consolidate and share information that might be of interest to the local homeschool community - hopefully making it easier for those seeking resources to find what they are looking for and maybe spark new ideas or introduce homeschoolers to things they didn't even know were out there.
I'd love to see it continue to be a valued asset!
Many of you are probably aware that my family is not a permanent resident of Hawaii. We don't have immediate plans to leave the island, but we know that it is inevitable at some point in the not-too-distant future. Since this website project requires me to be here, directly connected to ever-changing homeschool community on this wonderful island, I can see a need for partners and other contributors to join me - and eventually someone could possibly take over when my family moves.
I'd be thrilled to bring on another homeschool parent (or two or three) to help maintain and improve the OHM website and/or Facebook page. Making it Oahu Homeschool "Moms", perhaps? I'd always envisioned it to be something of a collaborative project that homeschool parents contribute to as a way to give back to the homeschool community, while also benefiting from it as well. It's pretty easy to maintain as it is and doesn't usually take a lot of time (unless you make a entirely new page or summer programs list or a Black Friday list... those are time consuming... but also not at all required). Guest bloggers are also welcome! No need to blog to help with the site, though.
So please get in touch if you might be interested in joining me here at OHM! Be advised that it is entirely a volunteer type role at this time since there is currently NO income (no paid ads, no affiliate links, and no sales) associated with the Oahu Homeschool Mom website/blog. That could change in the future (or it might stay the same), but this is how it stands now because it has been just a labor of love so far. :-)
I'm a homeschooling mom of two, enjoying our time in Hawaii and hoping to share some of that experience with you, including ideas, reviews, resources, and information.