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    Default Hello from South Africa

    We're an athiest homeschool family (two boys, grades 3 and 5) living in the bible belt of SA (we didn't even know that SA had one until we moved to our current home!!). But we've adapted and our homeschool association and friends have learnt that athiests are not evil and we're accepted for who we are. We've homeschooled since the eldest was four as the local school is Afrikaans and we're not. The nearest English school is an hour's drive away. Homeschooling has turned out to be fantastic and I know the boys wouldn't give it up easily . . . some days I cannot say the same. We follow a fairly eclectic curriculum with a lot of life thrown in. Currently doing ELA using the Core Knowledge Foundation, will start their history and geography this coming week, Khan Academy for maths with the odd other workbook etc for extra handwritten practice, Afrikaans as a second language, science as it comes (my husband is an agricultural researcher and I organise academic conferences plus we have lots of scientists visiting so science happens via absorption rather than a curriculum), and then horseriding, art, piano, cricket, tennis, swimming, all outside of home. Our homeschool association is a big and enthusiastic group with quarterly weekend get togethers and during "term" time weekly get togethers. I'm excited to be part of this group for some non-religious inspiration. Not that our groups force religion on us (they really don't) but for example we can't really discuss science without creation being involved, so it doesn't happen! There is a growing secular group in SA but with few people near us.

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    Welcome! It sounds like your boys are getting great experiences! And it sounds like youre involved with a truly inclusive homeschool group. Im envious!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome. Sounds like your kids have a fun and rich life!

    We are also scientists. My husband is a biochemistry academic and I work as an academic science editor (mainly environmental chemistry).

    How do you balance your work and homeschool? I do the bulk of my work in the evenings and try to keep my day time work to stuff that it is ok if I get distracted from by homeschool.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

    Freelance copyeditor, specializing in scientific text, who will make mistakes in my posts (I don't self-edit).

    That's a kea (NZ parrot) in my avatar. You can learn about them on Beak & Brain - Genius Birds from Down Under on Netflix.

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