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    Hi - I am new to this site as we just started homeschooling in January. I have a 2nd grader and one in kindergarten...both were needing more individualized attention to their learning, not to mention our 2nd grader’s ADHD was a complete clash with his teacher. I heard about a Valentine exchange and found this website - is it too late to be a part of that? Both of our kids miss the social aspect of school and it has been a rough transition. The exchange could be a lot of fun for them!

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    Hi, welcome. I am not sure about the valentine exchange sorry, but maybe someone else can help you out with that.

    It can take a while to settle into your homeschooling groove, both for finding social opportunities that fulfill you and your kids needs and the learning. We have been at it for 2.5 years now, and it took at least a year of experimenting to get things sorted for DD10 after she came out of three years of public school.

    Are you planning to keep up with any public school friends? Because of schedule classes, DD10 only sees her old public school friends about once or twice a year. But I still make sure to schedule her a half to full day one-on-one play date with each of them in one of the school breaks. The ones that are still good friends to hang out with even with that limited time together are the ones that we have made the effort to keep doing this with. Even though DD10 does not see them much, I think she finds it comforting to know that they are still her friends. Otherwise, our main friend/social things are after school and school break activities.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    Hello and welcome!

    One way to alleviate the pain of missing being around people is to get involved in after school activities. Signing up for extracurricular programs can get them around kids and play. There are lots of options to get them out and around other kids. In the various areas we have lived in we have participated in the following:

    Theater arts program through the civic theater. Acting classes with a performances.
    Parks & Rec activities - many sports and arts programs
    Art, Dance, Karate classes
    Scouts
    Bowling league
    Ice / Roller Skating
    Organized sports (baseball, volleyball, soccer, hockey)
    Girls and Boys Club
    swim lessons or open swim at local pool (see if you can find a year-round pool through the rec center or a gym)
    Home Depot / Lowes free project of the month
    YWCA/YMCA sometimes have classes, gymnastics, and homeschool PE
    Library activities
    Activities at local science/art/history museum
    Michaels/Joannes crafting classes

    And I am sure there are others.
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