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    Ive decided on math mammoth, ambleside, and ofcourse some supplemental books for other subjects.
    My last and biggest problem????? Trying to find a homeschool group! No one accepts the inquiry on yahoo groups. Some have phone numbers that dont take messages so it rings forever. Even the local homeschool information lines dont answer. And the info lines that do have voicemail, they dont return calls. Ive have only called each 2 times. Hubby says that she needs to have a homeschool group before we pull her out of public school. Honestly I can see his concern. But this search has been going on for 2 weeks! has anyone else had trouble finding a homeschool group? Im trying to find a secular group, there are several.... but sheesh! Any suggestions?
    im getting frustrated more and more because her teacher messed up yet again. My daughter missed 2 days last week she was sick. She sent her home with some makeup math. Then this week my daughter told me she had to give up her one and only recess during the day for 3 days to make up her other work! Im thinking to myself...why didnt she send the rest friday, she had the whole weekend to do make up work!then the teacher had the nerve to say she was missing her recess because she was being punished!!! what a bad word I would like to call her! ugh! then ofcourse when i was walking thru the parking lot other parents were complaining how they werent allowed to walk there kids to class after the 3rd day of school...ya, it ticked me off too! they literally stop you at the front door. there is also a stop sign. I would imagine kinder needs a bit more support and emotional support than the first graders. puzzling.

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    The search for a group is sometimes a difficult one. We have HS for 2 years now and still have not found one that fits us. I am really thinking of starting my own. But I am not really all that people oriented. I do know that at our Teacher Supply Store they have a list of local HS groups. Maybe try those venues.
    Many have asked why we home school? I can only in turn ask them why would you not?

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    Wow, how frustrating. :/

    Have you joined the Texas group here on the site and inquired to see if anybody there is near you? There's also a map of Secular Homeschool groups on the resources page.

    So many Yahoo Groups seem to slip into disuse, it's sad.
    Wendy
    Mumsy to Gavin (13-year-old artsy boy) and Rowan (3-year-old disco queen)

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    Where in TX are you? Some of the best HS groups aren't even listed anywhere. The one I've been a member of for almost 6 years isn't listed *anywhere* and it's a pretty big group.

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    im just outside of san antonio

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    Sounds like a frustrating search. Have you tried asking at your local library? Educational shops, bookstores, and toy stores might also be good options, particularly if they are locally owned.

    Alternatively, you can put your name out on other yahoo groups without worrying about whether they are secular or not, just to get familiar with the local scene. I've done a field trip with a very religious group and it was great fun, the religion part didn't come up much. You might well find secular folks that way, or realize that secular isn't everything (I do draw the line at statements of faith which would require me to lie, however, but field trips or whatever are totally benign).

    When we lived elsewhere I almost made posters searching for other homeschoolers, I was that lonely. Thankfully we moved away, but it's an option if you aren't too shy!
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    We live in a rather small community, and the only hs groups are primarily Baptists. I was shocked, but they DID NOT require a statment of faith (just don't want you to disagree with any teachings in the co-op classes). I've had to bite my tongue a few times when my kids tell me what they are learning in the "apologetics" class (dinosaurs on the ark, anyone???), but my kids are young and I know that they will be exposed to all different beliefs and all scientific facts and can make their own decisions. For the most part, the kids are nice, the moms are okay (I"m older than most and I don't really have anything in common other than our kids being homeschooled) and my kids get together with others and have occaisional fieldtrips.

    My suggestion, if you are comfortable with this, is to call some of the larger churches (Baptist or Catholic might be a good place to start) in your area and ask if they know of any homeschool groups. Other places - museums, indoor play parks (bounce house places), the YMCA.

    Good luck

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    That just ticks me off on your behalf. Not being able to find a group because of distance, religious issues and so forth is totally understandable to me, if annoying. Not being able to find a group because no one will reply and mentor you or help you out... that's just wrong. We're a community. Not everyone is called to help newbies out, but when there's *no one* doing it, the community as a whole will suffer. It's probably clannishness. Grrr...
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    We have met people at the library and playground during school hours.

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    Local scouting troops are sometimes all homeschoolers.
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