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    I値l start by saying that I don稚 acthally know how to use a forum (I know, I know!) but I知 a quick learner and hopefully I知 doing this right 😬.

    We池e a family of five in New York, two girls and a very energetic boy! My daughter is in kindergarten and the two younger guys are pre-k.

    I知 V E R Y new to homeschooling and there are ZERO non religious support groups/Homeschool co-ops etc. near by. (Not opposed to religious groups, but they sure are opposed to me, haha) Hoping to find some resources and other parents who can lend me some of their tips, tricks, ideas and support.

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    Welcome!

    You seem to be using the forum correctly so far! What can we help you with?

    Sorry about feeling isolated from other homeschoolers. Its a common feeling. The general consensus is that you find like-minded peers (who might not homeschool) at museums, libraries, theater groups, etc.

    There are also a few New Yorkers who are around here regularly, they might help you find local groups, or you can search the archives for information on what theyve told other NYers.

    Are you confused or feeling lost about how to homeschool? Curriculum choices? Let us know, we can help guide you through that!
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    Welcome.

    We live in a small town in New Zealand and I often feel isolated too. I was thinking lately that maybe if I just moved I could find an amazing homeschool community somewhere, but then I looked on Wikipedia at the percentages of people who homeschool in different countries, and all the countries where it is illegal and I realized I am best making the most of where I am. I think a lot of the feeling isolated comes from the fact that we are doing something that is so against societal norms, and in some ways it is a harder choice to make and defend than being a religious homeschooler as they have their convictions behind their choice. Then if you find other secular homeschoolers there is such a range of teaching styles and different priorities and schedules that it can feel hard to fit in.

    I second what Alexsmom says, it is easiest to find friends for both parents and children if you remove the homeschooling as a factor. Just look for people that like to do the same activities as you and don't worry if they are homeschoolers. Use your free days to relax as a family and get whatever you want done (school work, field trips, swimming, hiking) and be busy in your afternoons and weekends with after school activities. Maybe along the way you will find someone who homeschools and fits in with you all, bonus!, but maybe you won't. And if you have not made it your priority to find a secular, homeschooling family to do stuff with, it won't feel like such a loss if you can't find one.

    What sort of stuff do you like doing with your kids for school? My youngest really loves hands on activities and mess, and I have found the "...lab for kids" books great. It is a whole series with titles such as Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, STEAM Lab for Kids, Gardening Lab for Kids, Math Lab for Kids, and so on. They are really well laid out with nice pictures and good descriptions of how to do the activities.
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    Greetings! We are in NYC in Brooklyn, but have family all over the state. What part of NY are you in? Have you looked for homeschool groups on Yahoo? I have no idea why, but there seems to be quite a few from all around the state on there.

    I second what Alexsmom said about connecting with likeminded families. I found getting together with non-homeschoolers fairly easy when DD was younger because there were still other kids her age that we could get together for field trips and adventures with any day of the week. These days it is a little harder but to spite being a part of a larger homeschool community, we still do a lot of stuff that isn't connected - Girl Scouts, library programs, parks department activities, etc.

    Best of luck!

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