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schwartzkari
07-19-2010, 08:17 PM
Next door to my daughter's dance studio is an art studio. I found out that they offer Fall and Spring semesters for homeschooling students. My daughter had been begging and begging to take art classes along with dance, so today I signed her up for the Fall semester. She'll be in a group of 12 kids, ages 5-9 who are all homeschoolers. I am excited for her because she'll finally get to meet other kids like her (all her friends go to public school.) but I'm nervous. LOL. The homeschoolers I have come into contact with are not secular at all...and when I'm asked about our curriculum and homeschool life I don't know what else to say except "we are the secular-eclectic-homeschoolers who celebrate Hanukkah." HA HA! Anyways, I just hope I can meet some other nice homeschooling parents in real life who don't think I'm completely nuts. :rolleyes:

I am excited for my daughter though!

wild_destiny
07-19-2010, 09:01 PM
Kari, I hope it works out well for your daughter too! And your response about being the secular-eclectic homeschoolers who celebrate Hannukah is a jewel! Bet that is not easy to get out in a hurry, though! :)

InstinctiveMom
07-19-2010, 11:03 PM
That sounds awesome! :) They're going to love it.
~h

StartingOver
07-19-2010, 11:25 PM
Kari, I have learned over the years that there are many tolerant if not secular homeschoolers out there. I don't normally discuss my method of homeschooling, although I will discuss my curricula . I learned a long time ago that the less they know they better. Better for the kids, better for me. Eventually as we spend more time together most suspect and some will even ask. Most by then know my children and myself, and don't have a huge reaction. ( Although I have had a few trip out that I am secular LOL. Those people I don't need in my life ! )

Ok my mothering persona is stepping down now. hehe

hockeymom
07-20-2010, 06:58 AM
What a great opportunity for your daughter! You are so fortunate to have classes for homeschoolers available. Don't worry too much about the other parents; they are no different than if you met them in another environment. That is, some people are crazy, some people are open minded, some just want to talk about themselves anyway--whether they are homeschoolers or not. I hope for your sake that you'll be able to meet some great people and make connections, but the most important part of the class is that your daughter gets the opportunity to take art and meet other kids like her. :)

schwartzkari
07-20-2010, 10:03 AM
What a great opportunity for your daughter! You are so fortunate to have classes for homeschoolers available. Don't worry too much about the other parents; they are no different than if you met them in another environment. That is, some people are crazy, some people are open minded, some just want to talk about themselves anyway--whether they are homeschoolers or not. I hope for your sake that you'll be able to meet some great people and make connections, but the most important part of the class is that your daughter gets the opportunity to take art and meet other kids like her. :)

I do okay with the parents at my daughter's dance class...you pretty much described them all, LOL; crazy, open minded or just want to talk about themselves... ;)

Thanks everyone! Even though we've been homeschooling for 3 years, this is our first attempt to connect with other homeschoolers. I'll keep you updated!

momof1gr8girl
07-20-2010, 10:58 AM
For all those out there that don't have these classes offered sometimes all you have to do is ask. My daughter went to a theater camp last summer. They have after school programs as well. I asked if they would consider a home school class. They said as long as they could get 6 people and if I helped to spread the word. I did and within one year that one hour long theater class has morphed into two one and a half hour theater classes broken down by age as well as two one and a half hour art classes. They are back to back with a supervised bag lunch break so if you have a younger child in theater the older one can be in art and then everyone has lunch together. It's also now officially offered through their program catalog. We also get a price break since the space is being used when it would otherwise be empty. Sometimes we just need to ask. I think a lot of places do not realize how many home schoolers there are in their area.

As far as the parents, we have met some like minded home schoolers that have become nice friends outside of activities. I have also come in contact with a lot of fundamentalists. I am cordial and respectful as they are of me but I don't try to arrange outside activities with them because then the differences would be so much more evident. In almost 5 years of doing this I have only encountered one mom that was intent on saving my soul. She backed off when one day my husband took my daughter to the dance class her kids attended too and she pushed her Blackberry in my husband's face showing him that the book I had been reading was written by a socialist (gasp). (Strangely the book has nothing to do with socialism or any other "-ism". The author though is a socialist.) My husband quickly responded that I am a well-educated, intelligent, well-read woman and that he was certain I could discern what I was reading and formulate my own thoughts on it. I think the fact that he wasn't going to put me in my place was so shocking to her that she didn't know what to do. She never returned to class. The teacher was relieved to be rid of them too I found out when I apologized for scaring them off. I think one bad encounter in 5 years isn't too bad. I would however love to find a home school group in my area for park dates, etc. that was purely secular.

Your kids will love their art class!