Jennifer is actively involved with a local homeschooling network known as PEAK (Parent Educators and Kids). They meet and have activities on a routine basis. This lets the children have interaction with people outside of the family. It also gives Jennifer interaction with other homeschooling families who might spark an idea in her for something else for us to do in our home.
Groups like this make homeschooling a lot easier. It is, in essence, a support group. For example, they held a “Not Back to School” pool party and arranged for the local truancy officer to be there so everyone could get their homeschooling paperwork in order with the local school district.
Little things like that can make your overall experience with homeschooling much easier.
The local group is also getting involved with DIY.org, with Jennifer heading up the effort. Think of this as a home school answer to girl scouts, cub scouts, etc. It also reminds me of the “Challenge Program” I did when I went to school. It is hands-on learning in a group environment.
The DIY.org program is free. Currently the reward patches are all online, however they are promoting that they will soon have embroidered patches (similar to merit badges).
The fact is, I doubt children get much social interaction at school anyway. Remember, they wanted statues. A trip to the park can provide just as much social interaction as a short recess at school.
Remember sitting in math class wondering why you had to learn it and someone telling you that you would use it everyday when you grew up?
Turn that idea upside down on its head and really put it to use!
You DO use what you learned in school every day, to some degree or another. You read, you do math, you practice science, you interact with nature, etc., etc. So, why not use your everyday experiences to teach your children?
It makes more sense to us to say “We need to do this, here is how we do it, this is why it works” rather than to say “Go to school to learn how to do it, then when you are all grown up I will let you do it, if you can explain why it works”.
And, yes, you can do it to. 🙂
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