This blog is where we share our homeschooling journey. Our style is eclectic, employing strategies like notebooking, workboxing, and some relaxed unschooling I like to call organic or free-range learning.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Finding Social Group Interaction

One of the things we absolutely love about homeschooling  is the fact that Bri gets to socialize with kids and grownups of all ages rather than a select group of kids all the same age for 6 hours per day.  On the flip side, one of the things we struggle with in homeschooling is the fact that she doesn't get 6 hours per day of interaction with other kids. As the only child remaining in a house where the rest have grown up and gone onto other things, we have to find ways to satisfy her craving to be part of something involving groups of kids.

Several things have been tried in the past, but for various reasons, fizzled. Our homeschool group park days changed to days we're not available, a local PE program lasted for three months before she begged to stop, and attempts to contact the one and only girl scout troop in our area have not been responded to once I mentioned Bri is homeschooled.  (That will be looked into at some point soon.) She does attend the kid's club when my husband goes to the gym, but the number and ages of kids vary so much from time to time that it isn't always a good "kid time" outlet. (The last time, she was the only kid and spent her time playing with the teachers.)

Enter the dragon...or rather, the Tae Kwon Do studio by our house. She has been begging to take classes for quite a long time, and we finally signed her up this week. Not only will she be getting group interaction, physical activity, and training in self-defense, but the school has rules about students keeping their hair/teeth brushed, their rooms clean, and their attitudes respectful. She is so excited she floated three feet off the ground when she left the signup, and we're looking forward to seeing how things work out.


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