Homeschool can be tough enough in the early years, but when it comes to middle and high school…IT CAN BE DOWNRIGHT SCARY!!! Tribe is not your normal homeschool support group…no long lectures about spelling curriculum, and no pseudo classroom settings to make your student “feel” like they have had the “school experience”. NO WAY! We are homeschoolers, hear us ROAR! Yes, it can seem a little weird when you love Jane Austin and are simultaneously obsessed with the Beetles because you are only 13… and Yes, they may think you are “unsocialized” just because you do math in your pj’s and prefer the conversation of the 85 year old war veteran who did three tours over that of your peers mooning over an overpriced pair of bedazzled jeans…and, Yes…perhaps it is a little nerdy when for Christmas you ask for the newest microscope instead of upgrading the perfectly good iphone 4 that your mom handed down to you. WHO CARES! In this tribe we embrace our interests, talk to others who share them, and celebrate the fact that our school day can end by lunch if we work hard enough! We can get in our state required credit in French while simultaneously binging old Friends episodes! We have school spirit, it just is shared by our siblings and pets. Homeschool ROCKS, and we want your student to celebrate what they have instead of focusing on what they don’t.
Tribe offers a once a month get away from the sometimes tedious strain of the homeschool grind, while still providing a setting that stimulates learning and creativity! With themed days, special guests, puzzles and activities, a parent only zone, and a curriculum swap shop…It will be a monthly trip your 12 to 18 year old won’t want to miss! With collaboration from local businesses, artists, and volunteer organizations, this Tribe will be having its first meeting in June of 2018…Contact us to pre-register your student TODAY!
By Sonya Newman a.k.a. “Li’l Red”
March 21, 2018
So you think you can homeschool: that was the first question I was asked when we announced we were starting to homeschool our soon-to-be-teenaged daughter. This question implied many reasons why I couldn’t homeschool. Some suggested that I wasn’t qualified to replace the classroom teachers in the school. Some thought I wouldn’t be able to overcome my disability and that my lack of driving would somehow prevent me from being able to homeschool. Some thought we couldn’t financially bear the burden of homeschooling. Others suggested leaving the public school environment would somehow rob her of her individuality and creativity.
I cannot replace the time, resources, and money classroom teachers have invested into becoming qualified educators. They are underpaid and overworked for sure. I am intelligent and resourceful, though. I’ve learned to surround myself with people who know the ins and outs of homeschooling and who can direct me to resources that will help close the gaps. I’ve benefitted from others who’ve homeschooled their kids, and from the now-grown kids who’ve homeschooled. I’ve found resources are freely shared among a loving community of other like-minded parents.
As far as my disability, I’ve navigated myself through 44 years of life so far, and public school (ouch!!!), and I even managed to navigate my way through college. To expect my disability to slow me down now would be a bit of a reach, as I have never been raised with the expectation of ‘can’t’, but rather ‘will’. As far as driving, I don’t have to drive, it’s HOMESCHOOL.
The financial factor was the one hurdle that we were concerned might be too difficult for us to overcome. When we did make that decision to pull our daughter from public school, we found that there were so many resources and many ways to get things free, discounted or swapped with others who’d already finished where we are, and each resource made the goal of homeschooling more and more obtainable. Practical Homeschool Design was a HUGE benefit in pointing me to all these affordable resources, curriculum, tutoring, and more. Although it’s a concern of many, it should never be a reason that prevents you from exploring the homeschool option.
When people suggest that leaving public school could somehow deprive a child of individuality and creativity, I’m not sure I understand the basis for that thought. When constantly judged by peers, kids are already having their individuality compromised, and in the age of the hallway bully who is never brought into submission, creativity becomes a marker for constant ridicule. Academically, it is not appreciated due to the requirements of learning one specific method that best reflects teaching and not learning. In my experience, I have found that creativity is only guided when you’re in favor, have money, or popular and it becomes a ‘defy-the-odds’ task to maintain a creative approach to education for everyone else. It shouldn’t be about the external things, but where the creativity lies – internally…
I realized that for the first 4 years of her life, I truly knew my daughter. Every look, every phrase, every gesture, I knew her inside and out. Then, I turned her over to public school where they have her more than I do, influence her more than I do, and eventually begin to know her better than I do. I found myself missing that connection. After taking a long hard look at all the doubts and all the fears and all the questions that I struggled with, it all came down to one thing. I want to know my daughter again.
In sorting through the questions of the doubters that I felt like I had to defend myself from, I had an ‘Aha!’ moment:
The truth is, I’ve been homeschooling her since the day she was born. Everything from her first words, her first steps, how to feed herself, how to creatively dress herself, how to love learning, and all the things that she has ever learned – as a matter of fact all the things that made up the make-up of who she is was homeschooled.
So you think you can homeschool? You’ve been doing it all along.
Until next time,
Administrator, TRIBE Homeschool