Our homeschool group was cancelled this morning due to shitty weather and road conditions (yes, I wrote “shitty”). This is rural PEI, where roads become greasy and slippery (or slippy as we say here) pretty much any time we get a snowfall of more than 2cm. Teen Book Club was also cancelled as I had no desire to be facing possible icky roads… right about now, actually. We would be ending right about now, and it is dark, freezing, and from what I am reading still slippy out there.
I tend to chuckle when people say that homeschooled kids are un-socialized and have no connection with other children. We look forward to our weekly co-op gatherings. What strikes me with the homeschool group is that children do not pair/group off based on age, but based on how well they get along, or mutual interests. I saw this tendency fade when my children were in school, where they were segregated based on age… Anyhow, here is a brief description of what our Tuesdays will look like for the next few weeks.
Jan 20th – Winter Walk (wooded trail at one of the mother’s homes)
Jan 27th – Visiting Sheep Farm (lambing season so lots to see and learn–this is at one of the family’s farms)
Feb 3rd – Ancient Egypt (learning about Ancient Egypt with hands on activities and food typical of the period)
Feb 10th – Swimming with Friends (at the local rec centre)
Feb 17th – Service Dog Info session
Feb 24th – Step Dancing Lesson
March 3rd – Music Lesson (one of the mothers is a professional music instructor)
March 10th – Build it with Boxes (we will have a variety of large appliance boxes, cardboard tubes, duct tape and other materials with which to create—partly because I work in a high-end furniture & decor store that throws some of these things away muah ha ha)
We are fortunate enough to have access to a huge church hall on Main Street when needed, and a new parent mentioned that their church would be happy to host us as a back-up plan if need be. Our local librarian is very supportive of our group, and the rec centre created a swimming lesson time specifically for homeschooled kids. PEI is a terrific place to be a homeschooler, I must say.
What kind of activities do you do with your homeschool co-op if you are part of one? What kind of experiences have you had? What is it like to homeschool where you live?