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The group that we were part of had a once a month parents' support meeting, and then once or twice a month there would be field trips. Some would be for the older kids, some for the little ones, and some that were okay for everyone. The older kids (mostly those 10+) also went along to the support meetings, so they got to hang out together while the parents met. We girls often did some baking for the social time after the meeting (whoever's house it was at provided ingredients and such).
Field trips that happened that I remember were the maple sugar farm, sleigh ride, pumpkin patch, corn maze, pier 21 and the Discovery Center (in Halifax... that was a BIG trip since we were coming from PEI!), Confederation buildings. Then, we also had a weekly sports night that happened... we did it at the juvenile detention center, as they had a great gym facility... for free. :-) And, we went swimming at the afternoon swim that was originally for small children, but when we asked, they said homeschoolers could come as well, and we did it for half the cost of regular swim times.
Well the group I used to go to had classes for each grade level. They did classes like oceanography, lego building, cooking, and other cool stuff. They also had drama for the teens and made year books for the group. I would like to do some thing like that with my group if I can ever get it big enough. I will definitely need help to do that though.
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I haven't really looked into groups here yet, but where we used to live one had classes only, one had classes and occasional field trips, and another had field trips only. The field trips were bowling once a month, park/game day once a month, a "place" once a month (museum, etc.), and something else once a month.
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside
Our group meets 'formerly' once a month. We also have a Lego Club that meets every Thursday during the school year, a playdate every Thursday, a Geography club, as well as various field trips. We also have an annual picnic in the summer and field days.
weekly co-op classes
monthly park days
monthly field trips
monthly mom's night out
prom for the older ones
etc, etc, etc.
It's a really large group, and it's kind of far from us. We're members & do some stuff with them, but usually our schedules don't line up and things are planned too far away. I'm planning on starting my own (more local) group with my closer homeschooling friends. Right now we're just in the planning stage, but we're 4 or 5 families strong. lol We're hoping to be "functional" by the fall.
Happy Homeschooling Mom to:
Our group has a full round of classes for all grades in the fall and spring. Plus, there are always sales, field trips, and park days going on all the time. We recently had a field day where everyone competed in games and we have a Parent's Night thing at the end of the fall and spring classes so each class/student gets a chance to showcase what they learned. Our group is quite involved and offers a lot of activities.
Our group used to have a ton going on..but the last 15-18 months it's been dead unless I plan something..none of the other families want anything to do with planning or hosting anything and I got very burned out always setting things up. It's very frustrating to see the group like this..but alas..I stepped down in September because of this.
But like I said we used to have lots... book clubs, geography groups, Demo day ( show n tell),art and music,park days...Moms night out once a month..
Homeschooling "soccer mom" by day.. crazy bartender by night
Noah 17,Declan 10, Jadziah 8, Taejan 6
We're part of a very small group - just three moms and our kids, and our oldest all did kindergarten last year. We meet once a week and each mom teaches a subject - we do history, art and science. Usually, art and science tie into history...for example, we're doing ancient Egypt right now, so at the last "meeting" the kids painted their names in cuneiform and mummified apples.
We do field trips too, but there's no set number per month or anything...we've visited an alpaca farm and and another farm that had a Christian program for kids. Whatever looks interesting, we do it!
mom to Rachael, 10 ~ Milly, 6 ~ foster mom (waiting on the next call)