Wanted: A group of local or online homeschoolers to form a tribe where we all feel relaxed and comfortable with each other. Must naturally hit it off and if our kids get along, even better! Must share ideas, field trips, encouragement, tears, laughs, curriculum, coffee, playdates, and frustrations. Future possibilities include starting a small learning co-op, enjoying holiday parties, starting book clubs for different ages, interacting in sports, and more.
Many people think of home schoolers as a generic lot of Luddites who nix technology, lack social skills, grow their own food, live off the grid, and want to be around their kids 24/7. In my estimation, that describes, maybe, 5 per cent of home schoolers. “Hi, my name is Lisa and I’m a recovering home school mom,” I say to my imaginary 12-step support group of parents who survived home schooling their own kids.
So you’ve finally decided to home school, but have no clue where to get started… Just the mere thought of home schooling can be a very daunting task. Delving into the unknown can also create an element of self-doubt that fills your mind right off the bat. That, coupled with an overwhelming task of choosing and gathering curriculum, creating lesson plans, organizing supplies, and (possibly) teaching multiple grade levels can be quite disheartening.
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