From the unpublished draft files, dated 12/31/05....
Question: A parent of a 6 year old girl says the girl is asking for time with peers. The mother asks if she should enroll her child in school so the girl can be with other children. She also asked about Girl Scouts and if a homeschooler could do Girl Scouts.
I would put her in Girl Scouts. They meet weekly. If she meets nice girls there then invite them for private playdates.
Also is she going to other classes with other homeschoolers or with schooled kids?
Does she go to library events/classes? Take art classes? Participate in a sport? Do chess club? 4H? Swimming lessons? Swim team?
A bunch of my homeschooling friends started a HS 4H club and it is going great! I am a Cub Scout Leader and my homeschooleded boys are both Cub Scouts.
I don’t know what it is like where you live but around here there is a crazy amount of classes for kids once they turn six, which results in much over-scheduling in the homeschooling community as well as with schooled kids. A lot of six year old’s I know have a better transcript of activities and clubs then I ever did!!
Sometimes within the homeschooling community I find I have to start something in order to have it exist, rather than wait for others to start it or complain that X doesn’t exist. I have started a “science of toys” class, an art/craft class for six year old’s and their younger siblings who tag along followed by a playdate.
Are their homeschooling support groups in your area? I was shocked recently when I met three women who had no clue that there were any homeschoolers outside of their church homeschool Group. They didn’t’ know that ‘the rest of us’ existed right under their noses (in "all inclusive" homeschooling circles). They were keeping just to their fellow church-homeschooling-friends and they said felt very isolated (which was very sad to me as they were miserable).
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