The following is a post from contributing writer Paula from Average Housewife.
Homeschooling year after year, child after child, you tend to accumulate a lot of resources. Books, manipulatives, craft supplies you name it, this homeschool teacher has it.
Have you used it all? No.
Will you use it all? Probably not, but there are so many different things you need as you teach the different ages and stages. Some of it you might use every year.
So, what should you do with the resources sitting on your shelves collecting dust? Share them!
5 Reasons to Share Your Homeschooling Resources
Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31) If someone had a book that you needed for this year just sitting on their shelf not being used, wouldn’t you want them to offer it to you? Of course you would.
Start paying it forward yourself and share your own. It is most likely that others will follow suit, when they see your offer.
It encourages community.
Whenever we share something with someone it lends to friendship. You’re allowing this person to use something that is yours, not necessarily knowing how it will return. You’re showing them you trust them.
It also gives you the opportunity to talk about how you used the resource and share your experiences with it. As they use it, they can share some of their ideas too.
It saves money.
Borrowing a book is free, especially if the person returns it in the shape they got it in. It’s great to help out other homeschooling families, because we all know how expensive homeschooling can be.
It saves shelf space.
I don’t know about you, but my bookshelves are bursting. I would gladly hand over a couple books that I’m not using, so I could have more space for our current studies.
It gives others more opportunity for variety in their school.
If you are sharing your resources you may be able to offer something to your friend she may not of thought of or not wanted to spend extra money on. It also may be helpful for her to have more choices as she teaches her students, who most likely have different learning styles.
Let’s all be a good stewards of the resources God has enabled us to have and share them well.
What experiences have you had with sharing your homeschool resources?