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How many of you are part of a local homeschool group? and what kinds of activities do they do??
I'm just starting out and there are a few groups in my surrounding area (within 15 mi). One is quite expensive $110/mo family rate for all activities (enrichment classes that include music instruction, family days, field trips, etc) anyway that is too much money for me to pay out a month with just one child home schooling. If I had even two I'd think it was quite the deal!
The other group is pay by the class enrichment with opportunities to volunteer to discount the fee, holiday parties, field trips, Mom's group, forum support, etc.
The third group has a one time fee enrichment classes that last 24 weeks. They also have field trips and group meetings. You don't have to do enrichment classes to participate.
I'm in 5 groups, and they're all free. One is for the entire metro area and for all ages. I mostly use that one for information. They're great about doing things at the high school level, though (prom, graduation, etc.). The second is for the northern area of the metro, and it's mostly for park days. The third is for K-4th graders in the north area (I'm the admin of that one). It's mostly for field trips and parent informationals. We have an optional co-op with a supply fee, but it's minimal, and I don't participate in it. The fourth is a preschool group (a sister group to the one I admin, so we have a lot of overlapping membership with siblings). It's for 0-5 year olds, and it mostly does educational playdates ("playdates with a purpose" or "directed play"), and field trips. The fifth is strictly for field trips. I rarely go with that group, because they're not very friendly. They sometimes get good deals that I can't pass up, though. LOL!
I have joined a yahoo group that covers our area - although it covers a pretty large area and most members don't seem to be close to me. They have info and playdate/feild trip things. There's no fee - just pay for activities when you go. I am pretty new to the group and haven't done anything with them yet.
We're in 3 groups. One is a co-op with classes ever other week for $25 a year. That Co-op is very intermingled w/ a local inclusive home school group. The home school group does monthly skating, monthly mom's night out, monthly project days, field trips, Dances 2x a year, picnics, annual curriculum fair and testing. There is also a state wide home school group that is starting this year that is doing a curriculum share, curriculum fair, camping, field trips. The second are free but certain events cost about $5 per person.
I'm not in any groups. But...I have a kindergartener and a 2-year-old, so I haven't even had time to think about it, lol. We live in a pretty rural part of the world, so I don't even know if there are any.
Sara's beautiful children: Cassidy (5y) and Joel (3y 4m) and Timothy (almost 8 months)
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We looked into a local co-op group but it wasn't the right fit for our family. We may end up doing field trips with them as they get a great discount for events/plays/etc. I suspect we will look into a University model school when Evelyn gets older. I like the idea of her having some instruction with other kids but since we have so many young children it made it hard to take volunteer jobs at the co-op right now.
She does do gymnastics and German dancing once a week. My husband is home with the kids during the day and I think this year he's going to plan Friday outings and invite other friends so it will be a very unstructured homeschool "group".
Alison - Mom to: Augustus (1) Maximus (3) Eleanor (4) Reid (6) Evelyn (7) Lucas (12) Christopher (14)
right now, I am in group thru my church. There are about 40-50 kids in my church that are homeschooled. We do monthly field trips.
I will also be joining another homeschool group in August. They have classes if I want to do them along with monthly meetings/ monthly skating/and field trips... There is a fee of $25 I believe
stay at home, homeschooling momma to Jacob(12), Alisha(10), Andrew (5)
not much of a homeschooling community around here. i know of one group that is over an hour away and it is not sure if they will have it at all this coming year (Thea is a year or two too young for that one anyways). it has group lessons and is a supplement curriculum, but i don't know what all it covers yet. i am going to an open house in the fall.
There are only two other families that homeschool in my town that i am aware of. one is an woman with three older boys and the other is our neighbor's and good friend that have a 5 year old girl. we plan on doing projects (science and art) together this year and also some lessons that we can tailor to both girls. we both are also in the same mom's/play group but no one else in in homeschools.