There’s nothing like a fair to bring a lot of fun together in a single package. Grab a cotton candy or corndog and join Gina and Christyn as they talk about how homeschool groups and activities can be just like going to the fair — and be just as much fun!
2:04 — A fair always has food and drinks for nourishment, games and rides for fun and thrills, and exhibit halls for learning.
2:28 — Homeschool groups bring those same elements together to create a rich learning environment for homeschool kids
3:47 — Organized groups are the “nourishment” for the homeschool fair. Gina talks about how groups work for homeschoolers, and the particular role they serve for onlyschoolers — those of us homeschooling only children
5:03 — There are lots of options for homeschool groups: national, local, online. Gina and Christyn talk about the different groups and the benefits and expectations
9:17 — Homeschool can be overwhelming and it’s reassuring to have a group of people to turn to as an easy resource
10:25 — Find a group that supports you and your beliefs, where you and your children will be comfortable.
11:00 — Homeschool Activities are the best part of the group — like the fun and thrill of fair rides
12:00 — Kids involved in homeschool activities don’t miss out on the “traditional” activities afforded to public/private school kids — we’ve got all the same stuff!
12:25 — Gina talks about the local group’s Teen Club
13:20 — Christyn talks about other homeschool activities, outside of a homeschool organization, such as scouting troops and youth choirs
14:45 — Gina discusses the role community organizations, such as YMCA or Parks & Rec can contribute to homeschool activities, such as ice skating and swim lessons
15:27 — Homeschool activities are great for providing team opportunities, especially for only children. Gina talks about Wyatt’s pairs skating and Christyn discusses September’s synchronized skating teams
18:15 — There are many ways to make the team thing happen for homeschoolers: volleyball, softball, basketball, local theater groups — or start your own special interest group!
19:26 — Homeschoolers are in a unique position to see opportunities for groups or teams outside the traditional school setup
19:52 — After the nourishment of groups, and the fun and thrills of homeschool activities, it’s time to take a turn around the Exhibit Hall: which means finding the opportunity for your homeschool child to learn something…and not always from you
21:00 — Christyn talks about using tutors from local universities for September’s French lessons, as well as utilizing online classes for learning
23:35 — Gina talks about homeschool co-ops, which are a good way to outsource some learning
25:35 — There’s a wide variety in the classes a co-op can offer; you can never predict what a parent might want to teach in a group setting. Co-op classes could include creative writing, dissections, cake decorating, craft upcycling, and first aid certification
27:00 — Homeschooling is probably the most fun you’ll ever have, especially if you do it with a group of friends