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    We had two days of sun in a row! With temps in the 50s!!! It was absolutely beautiful. Now back to gray, windy, wind chill in the 20s or below, and snow tomorrow. Well, it is winter....

    Update on the local coronavirus scare--they tested negative, so that's good for the patient and for the rest of us.

    I know I am guilty of complaining about local conditions (^^^^see above), both weather, educational opportunities, and social environment. If I could have lived and homeschooled someplace different, I wish it would have been a place with more property (wooded especially with a much bigger garden and more room for animals), but still within striking distance of a city (which we have/had--Chicago is an hour away). An area with more liberal homeschoolers would have been terrific as well. While not as bad as the south, we have a large contingent of homeschooling-only-for-religious-reasons families.

    If you could homeschool someplace other than where you are now, where would that be? What makes it the ideal? Or are you in the perfect spot now?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    We had two days of sun in a row! With temps in the 50s!!! It was absolutely beautiful. Now back to gray, windy, wind chill in the 20s or below, and snow tomorrow. Well, it is winter....
    Sunday hit 72... Monday we got 6 inches of snow

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    I know I am guilty of complaining about local conditions (^^^^see above), both weather, educational opportunities, and social environment. If I could have lived and homeschooled someplace different, I wish it would have been a place with more property (wooded especially with a much bigger garden and more room for animals), but still within striking distance of a city (which we have/had--Chicago is an hour away). An area with more liberal homeschoolers would have been terrific as well. While not as bad as the south, we have a large contingent of homeschooling-only-for-religious-reasons families.

    If you could homeschool someplace other than where you are now, where would that be? What makes it the ideal? Or are you in the perfect spot now?
    My husband is trying to convince me to sell and move onto a catamaran full time... we just got back from our "Spice Trade Route" field trip in the Lesser Antilles and coming back to this weather... it is hard to point out what I love about Colorado
    Elizabeth

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

    Life coaching my 1 twenty-one year old man-child

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    An hour away from Chicago sounds divine. A catamaran sounds divinER, we could stick the 16 year old in a towable when necessary.

    My kiddos have been raised in a research forest - which is both perfect and hellish, depends on the stage and the day. The nearest town, which we just moved to, is a little bit Canadian Punxsutawney. Like going back in time and not much changes day to day. Both kiddos have struggled to find a tribe, but maybe that would happen anywhere? Wherever we are, we are all Phil Connors, trying to do our best with what we've got today.
    Home schooled two kiddos from a remote location for seven years. DD16 has transitioned to public high school. DS8 tried PS, but likes home schooling better.

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    This is the status of my back yard right now - soooo no swimming anytime soon. I hear it is going to be in the 50s by the weekend.

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    I don't think ABQ is the perfect spot to homeschool, but I don't think it's bad. I wish we had more options for in person classes for homeschoolers who are secular. I've seen some interesting concepts in WA and OR. But I prefer the weather here (we get all the seasons), and I like the diversity of NM, the culture, the politics, and that there are not many people here. So it's a trade, I guess. I could definitely spend a year homeschooling in a big city with public transit, someplace like San Francisco, but I wouldn't want to move there permanently.

    We actually don't interact with many homeschoolers anymore. DS's only homeschooled friend he met on swim team. DD has one homeschool friend left from when we started. I have a good friend who homeschools and her DS and my DD take science together and we'll have coffee while the kids are in class, but that is it. Everyone quits by middle or high school, or moves away (lots of military here). Most of the ones sticking with it this late in the game are religious.

    @ COmom - my kids have friends from summer camp that homeschool on a boat most of the year, or travel around on land. So it's possible. I don't think I'd survive homeschooling in minimal square footage though - ha!
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    There are many things that I like about where we are. Lots of easily accessible nature (ocean, beaches, native bush, rivers, not for from mountains), small town that is relatively quick and easy to get around but it is a university town so has a lot of good facilities (libraries, art galleries, museums, ecosanctuary) for its size and good community stuff too (art, film, nature, fringe festivals etc.). Also because it is a university town, it gets quite a few students + academics from overseas so it is more diverse than other NZ towns of its size, and it has a lot of Chinese heritage so we have a lovely Chinese garden. So there are lots of really good things to access to use as homeschoolers, and it is relatively affordable to live here. The summers could be nicer but with climate change I don't really want to wish for things to be hotter and drier when it leads to so many issues elsewhere.

    There is a good and active homeschool group. We just often don't have the time to fit things in.

    For me, the only thing I would like would be somewhere with more homeschool classes, a charter, or allowance for homeschool kids to join in certain classes/sports at public school so that I could drop the kids off to some things. We will try find somewhere like this to go for DH's sabbatical overseas.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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