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    Default Big Hello from SW Missouri!

    Glad to have found you all!

    I'm Kirsten, mom to two boys who are still quite young and a few years out from homeschooling. My oldest will be 2 in January 2019, and we are planning on tiptoeing into schooling, obviously very play-oriented at his young age. My youngest was born July 2018, so he has a while yet before I start a schedule with him. I am an atheist living in a very religious area of SW Missouri, and there is not a single secular homeschooling resource within two hours of me. I do have a few acquaintances who are going to homeschool, but they are Christian and as far as education goes, we differ greatly.

    I'm eager to learn from those who have much more experience homeschooling, as I am just a newbie at all of this.
    miles 1/2017
    avery 7/2018
    Beginning preschool with my oldest in 2019.

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    Welcome! Yeah, its hard being an atheist living and raising kids amongst the religious!
    You may find that you have more in common as being a mom, and as being a homeschooler, with the other women. If theyre respectful enough to be friends, to not try prostlytizing you.
    You will have to find different curriculum, when the time comes, but have confidence that it is out there for you!
    Enjoy your littles! Homeschooling the early years looks pretty much like a continuation of the love you lavish on them now. You may be surprised how easy homeschooling is - easy as in enjoyable and not a fight, that you dont have to give tests and follow a strict curriculum.
    Browse the archives, isolated atheists come up frequently.
    Feel free to vent your frustrations, we understand!
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Just waving from a few hours south of you. A few years ago, we used to have to make the drive to sw Missouri once a month. We would always stop just over the border in Bella Vista at the Dairy Queen for dinner ;-)

    The area we live in now is pretty heavily religious too. We don't do homeschool groups or co-ops or anything like that so it hasn't been much of a problem. I have no problem with religion but over the years (I've been homeschooling for over 15 years now, I think, I dunno I lost count a long time ago lol) I've learned to grow a thick skin, a deaf ear and a blind eye. ;-) A sense of humor and enough confidence to stand up for yourself or just walk away when the situation warrants it goes a long way too.

    When I was a young homeschooler, we once had to have some Christian homeschool friends "vouch" for us so we could join the only local homeschool group which happened to require a statement of faith. They wanted to be sure that we weren't out to contaminate their children with our wicked ways lol. I was a young mom and a newbie homeschooler and really just wanted to be a part of the local homeschool community. What I've learned over the years is that, for us, it is much more productive to be a part of the local community as a whole rather than a niche and exclusive group. Live and learn. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MapleHillAcademy View Post
    What I've learned over the years is that, for us, it is much more productive to be a part of the local community as a whole rather than a niche and exclusive group. Live and learn. ;-)
    I think youve got the key to it! Find people who like us, not who are Ďjust like usí.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Welcome to the forums. Yeah, it can be tough when you're the only secular homeschoolers in your area.
    Last edited by outskirtsofbs; Yesterday at 01:01 PM.
    --Kelly--Atheist/Alternative/Accidental Homeschool Mom in Iowa Since 3/1/10--DD (15) Saxon Algebra I, EIW-9, Various Lit. Selections, Additional Free Writing/Research Papers, Holt Earth Science, Holt World History, BtB Spanish, Art-1, and Family/Consumer Science.

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