Our group is for older homeschooled kids who sometimes feel a little left out of some of the local homeschool groups that seem to have mostly little ones to hang out with.
Together we will plan fun activities, play dates, movie, games, and educational events for our 8-12 year old homeschooled kids.
This group will be a helpful and friendly place for tweens to connect and plan activities.
Tweens can safely use the chat features of the group and post pics in the folders to share with their homeschool buddies.
If your tweens enjoy creating art or building with legos, they can send in their pics and we'll be excited to post their pics on the front page of our group's website.
Younger siblings of our families are always welcome to join us on certain activities, of course, but we want our tweens to know there is a group just for them in the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, East Mountains area.
Okay I am not trying to be a rabble rouser here this is honestly a question but are 8-10 yr olds really tweens, I mean they may think they are (I know Gwen does and she is only 71/2) but they aren't and while I think it is a wonderfully fabulous idea to do activities for the in-between set of these ages I think that teens are likely to think they are too cool or whatever....now I know GOAL does a lot with their older kids and they tend to break off into their own circle of friends as teens tend to do. If you can get kids together and it works great but I feel awkward labeling our kids at such a young age when they grow up too fast already....AGAIN NOT TRYING TO START ANYTHING here just making an observation! I think a teen group would work on this side of town as most things that GOAL does are on the east side and the mtns and if the boys are happy more power to you all but I think it would be a disservice to call them tweens when kids are maturing too fast already because kids 8-10 might not be prepared emotionally or physically to be with kids that have jumped that many more maturity levels?? I have seen things like this turn bad around here over the years and feelings get hurt all around kids and adults, have you checked out Shalalli's group that meets on Weds? They have kids your boys ages and GOAL actually had a lot of boys their age or there abouts!
Jackson & Jeremiah are sitting here reading along with me and are tickled to see your support. They want everyone to know that this is their group and their idea. I just helped them create the Yahoo site.
In fact, they had initially wanted me to name the group, "Jackson & Jeremiah's Club". hehe
But they know that a name like that would seem exclusive. And their main goal with wanting to create a club for kids their age is to connect and build friendships. Jackson & Jeremiah don't want their group to become large and impersonal. They want to know everyone who joins. They want whomever joins to participate.
Jackson & Jeremiah prefer not to plan organized events like field trips and tours. And I support their choice.
They'd like their 'club' to be very laid back with friends meeting at each other's houses, at the park, going to the movies, skating (and like they told me, they'd like their first activity with their friends to be 'Flashlight Tag!" Sounds good to me! )
..........They just left to go jump on their trampoline, so I'd really like to share why I feel my sons are 'tweens'.....
While we were walking in the airport last week, my son Jackson asked if he could hold my hand. I told him, "Sure you can". He replied by saying that he wasn't sure if he would be looked at weird by all the passengers in the airport. I asked him why he thought that.
And he replied, "I thought I might be too old to hold your hand, Mama. I don't feel too old right now. But sometimes I do feel too old for alot of things. But I often wish I was still a little kid."
Lisa, I really loved talking with you at the park today. I've missed you chickie...out-of-towner. haha I really received great information from you on the Tween Group. I absolutely love this idea!!! Sorscha and I have so many wonderful opportunities with our many groups for fieldtrips, etc., this Tween group is about something completely different.
When I first joined Albuquerque Homeschool Coop, Elizabeth was so supportive about me having an older child in the group. She was also very supportive about me planning age appropriate activities for my Sorscha. It was kind of like; parents of preschoolers planning age specific FUN!!! hehe Whelp...with this Tween Group AND Sorscha already being friends with many of the kids whom will be involved...I am so happy that this support has sprung over to even more opportunities. That is what I love about unschooling / homeschooling. Many parents are apt to "make things happen" that their children have a passion about. So many parents want to support one another in these endeavors all for the good of our “community” children. That's pretty darn awesome. So to say chickie...I'm here to support the Tween Group, you, and the boys. You know that you can just email Sorscha and me for anything ya need. And hey, if it falls apart…and it will…because our children will not be Tweens forever, just like they were not toddlers forever. Hehe Kids always want to start something new, many times it is not about the finished product with them, a lifelong commitment, etc. It is just about binge learning for the moment. I have found with Sorscha that the half completed projects, the week of intense studying, often are just that…that was all she needed to add to her giant jigsaw puzzle she will be completing her whole life. If the group develops into the full Tween timeline, then great…it’s about them wanted to continue it. They might all be bored with it in a few months. But darn, I bet those few months will be with a bang!!!!
Sorscha said to me, "Whelp mom, technically we're preteens according to medical stuff." That's my girl!!! haha
I found this about Tweens and I think it describes what you are saying. “Tweenage is the age where children must be respected a lot more-this is a very unstable area of development. Preteens often feel like they're not one thing or another and feel left out.”
I think the key point is that it is an “unstable area of development.” They have so much going on in their bodies with hormones beginning, etc.
Tell the boys or let them read this..."I am very proud of you for creating a wonderful opportunity for all the Tweens in the area. YOUR AWESOME!!! And you have some great FUN ideas. Personally, I like flashlight tag the best!"
Sorscha wanted to say to the boys, "Thank you and I'm excited!"
This sounds like a lot of fun in just the right age group for my kids!! We live on the West side (by Paseo del Norte & Eagle Ranch) and we have soooo been looking for fun group things to do, for 8-12 year olds!! Konnor is just about to turn 8, and Destiny just turned 11 -- So, please include us in the fun, in future activities.
My kids use computers all the time (Konnor has 2 computers and Desi has 1), but I don't let them use the internet because they turn into HUGE game playing online addicts in about a 1/2 an hour at Disneydotcom! Then they have to go through de-tox when I cut the connection -- it isn't pretty!
So, they won't be chatting online anytime soon, but we would definitely like to participate in face-to-face / real-time activities (e.g., play dates, movies, etc.). This group sounds like great fun and also a really great opportunity for socializing homeschoolers who are past the "really young kids" groups, but not yet ready for the "much older" kids groups. KUDOS to your kids (and to you) for thinking it up and implementing it!!! Hurray!!! (and We're Lookin' Forward to It!!)
Serena Mom to Destiny - now 11 and Konnor - almost 8 GalaxyGirl