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    • #86741
      Max
      Keymaster

        Hey guys I’m interested in how do the kids make friends when being homeschooled? We are getting ready to move to a new area that is more rural and I’m pondering the the homeschooling thing. Just worried about how my three boys 14, 12, 10 would be able to make friends if we aren’t living in a neighborhood and they aren’t going to a school?
        Thanks

      • #86742
        SeanT
        Keymaster

          Look into local home school cooperatives. Some have sports, music, etc.

        • #86743
          Palmetto
          Participant

            Yep, home school co-ops. Classical Conversations is the one our friends use and we will use when our kids are of age. The co-op meets once every week for lessons and activities and will meet at other times for group events and outings. It’s a great option for home school – it provides support for parents, structure and accountability as well as social opportunities.

            Also groups like Boy Scouts, clubs, sports, music, church are great places for friends.

          • #86744
            Corvette
            Participant

              You as a parent are going to have to be more involved than you would otherwise need to be. As has been mentioned there are quite a few support groups, community sports teams, outdoor clubs, Boy Scouts etc. out there that you can join. If you’re a church going person that can be a good resource, especially if you go to one that has other homeschoolers going to it. Something else to keep in mind is that friendships may change somewhat from what you may be used to. Quality may replace quantity. I was homeschooled all the way through and when I was your boy’s age several of my good friends were 10-15 years older than me. One of them is still a good friend and we train together and have been to a couple MVT classes. I learned a lot of stuff about construction and building from him when I was in my mid teens. They can also make friends at work if they have jobs. I started working for a company pouring concrete when I was 15. That’s challenging to do these days with laws the way they are but sometimes it can be made to work. Find some people with kids that age that you can go shoot and train with!

            • #86745
              Max
              Keymaster

                Thee are some great options in the Culpeper/Warrenton/NOVA area. The more we do it the more homeschooling is the only solution. Our kids are younger but there are still meeting groups through meetup.com – for example the other day our kids were at a group members house making lego zip lines as a science project to discuss gravity etc.

                For older kids many schools will allow homeschoolers into their sports programs. There is also local youth rugby. Science clubs etc.

                We may have to set up a local youth shooting club, and perhaps HAM radio club!

                The more I think of government school control programs, the more it sickens me.

              • #86746
                Max
                Keymaster

                  Sounds good. We’ll have to have a family sit down and see if we can go in this new direction after we get settled into the new location. All the stuff going on in the public schools is really horrifying. Can you homeschool college? Seeing all the stuff at the colleges is like a socialism/communism training camp

                • #86747
                  JohnyMac
                  Participant

                    As has already been written: Google County/state Homeschooling Cooperatives. You will find something in your area.

                    The homesteaders across the lane from the redoubt have been homeschooling their young lad two years now. They belong/participate in a cooperative here in Susquehanna County, PA.

                    There son comes over often when he has an assignment that mom or dad doesn’t know about or wants a free minute. I gave a whole class on knot tying in preparation for his Cub Scout badge. I also teach him carpentry when he hears the rib saw gets fired up :-D. He just appears out of no where and asks if he can help.

                    He just completed a state mandatory test that home schooled kids have to take periodically in PA and he did great! His reading skills are about one year ahead of his age group in public school. The kids vocabulary is awesome and boy is he informed. He jumps right in on any and all discussions the adults are having.

                    Besides his regular school curriculum he is involved in:

                    > 4H, Sheep & goats to be specific,
                    > Cub Scouts,
                    > Taekwondo and pellet rifle shooting at the church,
                    > Gym? I have no idea what he does there but he came home the other day with a black-eye from “dodge ball”,
                    > Attends Catechism on Wednesdays,
                    > Works at his dad & mom’s small business on Sundays, and
                    > A whole host of other stuff.

                    He is a normal boy. Hates to get his hair cut, hates to take a shower or brush his teeth. Came over one day this summer cradling a dead chicken. He was scared shit-less as he had shot it with his BB gun and his mom was…”Going to kill me!”

                    I showed him how to pluck & clean it and sent him home with the following statement memorized: “Mom, I am sorry I shot one of your chickens. To try and make it up I plucked and cleaned it…Here.” It must of worked because I got a nice text from his mom saying, “thank you.”

                    If I had a child in this day and age, I would move “heaven and earth” to make sure they were home schooled. :good:

                  • #86748
                    Max
                    Keymaster

                      Thanks for all of the replies. I had never thought about homeschooling before but I’m fed up with the mind control of the public schools and not teaching the kids what they need to know.

                      I appreciate all of the insights into home schooling.

                    • #86749
                      Max
                      Keymaster

                        Agree on Classical Conversations. We’ve done other programs, but CC is by far the best program we have found. It’s amazing how much children can learn. My 3 kids are 9, 7, 5 and all 3 already know all 50 states and capitals.

                      • #86750
                        Max
                        Keymaster

                          For older kids many schools will allow homeschoolers into their sports programs. There is also local youth rugby. Science clubs etc.

                          We may have to set up a local youth shooting club, and perhaps HAM radio club!

                          The more I think of government school control programs, the more it sickens me.

                          I have little skin here but I will say this. As a kid, the home school kids were always odd, and received no end of ostracization and hostility for their lack of “social skills”. Kids are pack animals. The weak are identified and tested.

                          This was greatly lessened for those that were in popular town league sports, Boy Scouts, or other activities so it may be a good way to keep your child’s mind clear from the poison of collectivist indoctrination while allowing them the ability to be a social participant amongst their peers.

                          I know I didn’t pick at the homeschoolers in my Troop or baseball team nearly as much as the weirdos that just randomly showed up for public school in 9th grade… :-(

                        • #86751
                          Corvette
                          Participant

                            I have little skin here but I will say this. As a kid, the home school kids were always odd, and received no end of ostracization and hostility for their lack of “social skills”. Kids are pack animals. The weak are identified and tested.

                            Home schooling has come a long way since the those days. Back then there were two primary groups. One was the ultra conservative (religiously speaking) folks who didn’t want their kids influenced by “the world” and the other was the ex “hippie” type folks who were into what’s called “unschooling”. That has changed drastically since then. Ultimately though, the socialization aspect is up to the parents. They can be hermit types and the kids’ll be kinda backward or they can be involved with other people and the kids generally won’t be. The other side of this is that it’s probably not a bad thing for a kid to be “odd” by todays public school standards. If my kid doesn’t wear his/her pants four sizes too small and halfway down their ass and isn’t so great at facebooking, tweeting and video gaming I’m fine with that. I had raised chickens and beef cows, milked cows and goats, hunted, run chain saws, learned basic electrical wiring, poured concrete and had experience in a large number of other useful hands on skills before the age of of 17. That made me odd. Wasn’t a bad thing IMO.

                            This was greatly lessened for those that were in popular town league sports, Boy Scouts, or other activities so it may be a good way to keep your child’s mind clear from the poison of collectivist indoctrination while allowing them the ability to be a social participant amongst their peers.

                            Exactly.

                          • #86752
                            Robert
                            Participant

                              The more I think of government school control programs, the more it sickens me.

                              Can I get an amen!! Hell yeah!

                              We’ve been home skewl’in since day 1. Between youth groups, sports, etc. their is lot of opportunities for meeting other kids and hanging out.

                              You hear this “they need socialization”- yet just go and watch some of the hooligans and Jr. Thugs at any daycare who are getting NO instruction from their parents and you’ll realize that’s not the right kind of “socialization.”

                            • #86753
                              Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                              Moderator

                                …you’ll realize that’s not the right kind of “socialization.”

                                This is an outstanding point!

                                Interaction with peers can be great, however the condition of said peers can’t be overlooked.

                                Socializing with a bunch of dirt bags we all can do without. :yes:

                              • #86754
                                sbrgirl
                                Participant

                                  Perhaps another resource might be your local library. Many offer programs for children which involve story time and then some sort of craft/social activity.

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