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    Our co-op fell apart when they decided to start CC. And then the CC fell apart.

    Overall I hear about more people starting to HS but it seems like lower grades and then they send them to school. OR they get so into their own lives that socializing gets more specific.

    Agreeing with Topsy about the specificity of the groups online as well. It's been super tough for my kids to connect with children their ages. Even if we do an extra theater thing or whatnot.. they aren't making lasting connections.

    So much so that I may take advantage of our states school/homeschool option next year.
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    There are lots of newbies around me, squeaking with excitement about homeschooling their 3 year olds and all the shiny curriculum catalogues arriving in the mail.

    People start fading out somewhere around 5th grade here. It's like it's the "Whoa, sh*t got real" point for everyone.

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    I think it has definitely grown here. When people find out dd is homeschooling, I get plenty of questions. People are becoming more and more dissatisfied with public, private and charter schools.
    Honestly, in my opinion, homeschool is more natural and any schooling between 15 yrs old and college ages, they just need to work, learn technical skills and develop a work ethic.
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    I have no idea. Our community has so many homeschoolers that no one questions us when we are out in town.
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    A bit OT, but earlier in this thread I wrote about a new inclusive co-op in our area.
    A while back, I inquired about the co-op but told them we wouldn't be participating because of their curriculum choices. They sent me an email tonight. They are still a Xtian co-op, but are open to any/no faith, and after hearing of the concerns about the science curriculum, they have decided to switch to another, non-religious, science curriculum. I think/hope that is a step in the right direction. I'm not sure we will join because we've already committed to outsource several private classes, but we'll see.




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    eta: A new inclusive co-op started in our area last year. I am glad they will allow anyone to join. However, their classes use very Xtian curriculum, so they still won't work for us. e.g. Abeka for Earth Science
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    Homeschooling is definitely growing in our area. I get questions all the time from people who are interested in it. Our local public school system has started a...basically a public school at home option that has just exploded. The closest big city - 3p to 40 minutes away has more homeschool diversity as far as non-religious options go.

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    I honestly couldn't tell you. I found a secular group with about 5 families attending regularly. It's enough for us. I dropped the mailing lists for the christian groups because it didn't apply to us anymore, so I'm not sure if they're even still around. Our group gets together maybe twice a month for a fun activity. What I'd really like is just a free play day for the kids. That's it. Just a day that they can get together with other homeschooling kids and do nothing but what they want.

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    Given that the combined population of our three small neighboring towns is under 10,000 we have a pretty high rate of homeschooling. Those three towns have two school districts between them and neither is good. There is one very good charter school with a foreign language and culture emphasis, a couple of mostly online charter schools, and another fairly good charter/homeschool hybrid in another town 30min away. Here the rise is due a combination of poor schools, people wanted to teach within their faith, and a general suspicion of anything government run. There is a small but solid vein of liberalism in our area but most of those people put their kids in the schools because they want to support public education or it doesn't fit into their lives. Our problem is in finding people who do not homeschool with a religious focus. When the kids were younger it didn't matter so much that they were but as they get older the teaching/learning differences become very apparent and it's nearly impossible to find someone to do group science or history based learning where they don't bring religion into it. Because of that and a few friends moving away or moving into the school system we're feeling very isolated even though there are still many homeschoolers in the area. We also notice that there are far more people homeschooling in the elementary grades than middle and high school grades. It is likely that my kids will be attending the foreign language and culture charter school in the neighboring school district because they teach in a way that we feel really good about but they're so low on the waitlists that we're looking at 2-4yrs before they're both in and until then we plan to continue homeschooling. We had intended to take both of them through 10th grade and then send them to the local community college to finish out their high school diploma and get college credits but the combination of me likely needing to go back to work in the next few years and my daughter, who is 11, feeling very adamantly that she doesn't want to homeschool through then, it seems like the best solution. I share many of the reservations about charter schools that other people have expressed and while I feel very good about the school itself the fact that it is a charter school does sometimes give me pause.

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    I feel like it's not really big here, but it might be just that it's mostly semi-rural here. Houses are just so spread out that it takes 1/2 an hour to get most places. Overall, I think our state is just as plagued with people returning to public/charter schools as their kids get older. There's a charter in the area so some kids have stopped homeschooling to go there. I kinda wish I didn't having an overwhelming desire to homeschool DD. I can't imagine the free time I'd have if DD was away from home and me for 35 hours a week. Why can't there just be part time options?
    Survived our second year of homeschooling. It's been a crazy year, but somehow DD has shown much improvement in the 3 R's. Behavior...not so much.

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