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    Default Hello from Arlington, Texas

    So happy to find a secular online group. Hoping to find some local groups for meet ups as well. Me husband and I have three children 6, 4 and 2. This is our first year at homeschooling and are eager for advice, stories, knowledge and connection with other families. It's been difficult finding other families pursuing secular homeschool education hoping there's others like us nearby and excited to have this online community as well.

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    Welcome!

    It can be tough finding the exactly perfect fit locally... your best luck for local friends for your kids may be in “extracurriculars” - sports, hobbies, libraries, parks, and other non-school specific activities. You wont likely find your twin families to homeschool and co-op with, but your kids will find friends to play with, to share activities they like with. My advice is also to look into becoming more active with YOUR hobbies, join a club, and be more likely to look for friendship with other members who have young kids. (For me, my biggest hurdle was that I didnt fit in with the church moms, the gymnastics moms, or the granola moms... so didnt want to hang out with them while our kids were playing.)

    Good luck! Ask when you have questions, vent when the religiousness of other moms gets too much!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome to the forum. Have you looked on FB for a group close to your area?
    Edited: I've left FB due to high levels of various bullshit. I did see a lot of hs groups in my state, but none of them were close, so it wasn't helpful. Good luck finding those connections.
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    --Kelly--Atheist/Accidental/Alternative Homeschool Mom to one great daughter in southern Iowa since 3/1/10. Tenth Grade: Saxon Algebra-2, Holt Geography, Holt Biology, myPerspectives-10/Creative Writing, Spanish-2, and Computer Science.

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    I'm not on Facebook and really don't want to be :/ Was hoping to find connections on here.

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    I have families that I'm friends with but their kids go to public school and the homeschool families I know are very Christian centered. I am involved in my hobbies a lot but they tend to be single adults or childless families. The point of being on here for me is to find secular homeschool families in close proximity for the kids to hang out with and talk about homeschooling.

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    Kids are also involved in extracurriculars but I'm looking for something more consistent than a baseball practice or the random kids at the park though I see value in those too, my purpose here is the hope of a deeper connection for my children that that would be having at school with friends they see regularly.

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    Hi!! I'm in Arlington, and I too hate Facebook and don't want to join, even for homeschool purposes. I actually am not currently homeschooling, but am planning to take my son out of public school and start at home after the winter break. I found this post of yours just through Google while trying to find a group in Arlington.

    I've got just the one kid, he's 8, turning 9 in December. We have never homeschooled before. I'm GREENER than green in this area, but planning to use the next couple months to do a ton of research and start building up a curriculum, organize a space in our spare room, etc. I'm excited at the prospect, with a healthy dose of feeling effing terrified lol. If you don't mind my asking, what ages are your kids? How long have you been homeschooling?

    If you're up for it, maybe you and I can keep in touch over the next few months and see if we might be able to connect sometime. I literally just made an account here 2 minutes ago so I could reply to your post. I can't tell if there is a direct message function yet- maybe you have to add each other as friends? But anyway, you can let me know in a reply here if you might want to chat a little bit or exchange emails or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaLoki View Post
    I have families that I'm friends with but their kids go to public school and the homeschool families I know are very Christian centered. I am involved in my hobbies a lot but they tend to be single adults or childless families. The point of being on here for me is to find secular homeschool families in close proximity for the kids to hang out with and talk about homeschooling.
    Hey! I'm in Arlington too. I have a teenager with special needs that I've homeschooled for six years and a 4 year old also. A girl. This is our first year of school with the four year old. (I'm a bit more structured than a lot of folks here.) A playdate would be fun maybe. What part of Arlington are you in? We are Southwest - near the lake.

    PM me if you want. I'll try to remember to come back and check. LOL.

    Jessica

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    Alas, private message functions arent enabled until several posts have been approved. (Im not sure of the number, apparently its greater than 4.)

    Posts in existing threads from brand new users also dont show up in the new posts queue... Gabby’s post didnt show up (as waiting to be moderated) until TXLib posted.

    Keep posting, and make connections!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Well alright then... I apparently can't initiate a PM to them either... so I guess we can just put this right on here.

    Would y'all want to meet up sometime? What part of Arlington are you in? Makes a difference if you are say off 360 rather than on the west side near me....
    I have thus far managed to avoid facebook too - thought I was the last person in America. Ha!

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