Hi everyone. My name is Jessica and I have 4 children. Currently we are not homeschooling, but hoping to begin in the Fall. My step daughter is 9 and in 4th grade. I have twin boys that are 3 and a baby boy who is almost 7 months. We are currently in a home that I feel would be too small for homeschooling. There really is no room but the kitchen table for school work. But, we are hoping to find a bigger home over the summer. Either way, I intend to begin homeschooling the twins for preschool this coming fall and if able, my step daughter as well.
I just wanted to start looking into homeschool groups, since one of the main concerns if we decide to homeschool is ensuring that my step daughter has enough social interaction with kids. Even her councelor has stood in opposition to homeschooling with the concern that she NEEDS to interact with kids close to her age to assist with her social development. I do not feel that it would be a reason to leave her in public school, but want to make sure that we can counter that attack on our decision.
I know that this group is listed for ages 0 - 8, which 3 of my kids fall in, but please send along any info you may have on other groups that cover older age groups. I look forward to getting to know you all.
Hi My name is Angelica. I have 3 children ages 7, 5, and 3. We use the kitchen table as well, it's much easier, because the kids are higher up than if they used desks their size and it's easier on my back, and it helps me to go back and forth between them easily to give them their instructions. Are you interested in groups who are Christian based or non-sectarian? Because I know of a couple around town, and they have children in older age groups, but they are Christian groups. also if you haven't already found it http://www.rghomeschooling.org is a site that lists groups and contact info.
Hi Jessica, Welcome to our group! You don't mention what area you live in, but I agree with Angelica that the rghomeschooling.org web site is a good resource. Also, I wanted to let you know that we're planning to increase our age range up to 10 years old starting this summer. When we started our group last June, we were so small that we wanted a fairly narrow age range, but as we grow, our age range can increase as well. If we continue to grow, we'll probably increase the age range by 2 years every year. Hope to see you and your kids at one of our activities soon.
I wouldn't worry too much about the counselor fearing for her social life. Counselors and public school figures all tend to have great misconceptions about homeschool. There are a few people who have given homeschool a bad name in the public eye. If homeschooling is done well, there is no reason it needs to mean social isolation for the children. If my nephew, age 14, had anymore of a social life, he'd need a personal secretary to keep his "hanging out" appointments in order. I have a total of 16 nieces and nephews (several different families, in several states) currently being homescooled. All of them are fully socialized. They have an advantage over their non-homeschooled friends too...they know how to relate to adults just as well as they do to their same age peers. -Kari
Hi Jessica, I myself have 6 children ranging in age from 3 to 20. We have homeschholde for 11 years and fought in court because an ex thought that they weren't being "socialized" enough. (By the way we won!) With a family as big as your there's plenty of sociatlization right there. I have taken my older children to some of the events as it is often hard to run back and forth to my home in the east mtns., to different activities. As you see on the calendar there are lots of activities to pick from on top of the sports that your daughter might be in, or scouts, 4H, church activities,etc. I agree with dallion2001, if my teenagers had any more socialization, we'd need to hire a taxi driver and a secretary to keep it all straight. As it is the calendar on the fridge is full for the next 3 months atleast. ( I refuse to think about June yet!) Welcome to the group, hope to meet you soon.