Just happened to see this- unfortunately I don't live in St. Louis but we like to visit when we have the funds(we are about 2-2.5 hrs away depending on where in st. louis we go). We started hs'ing last year, very loosely. I have a just turned 5 y.o. and 2 y.o. (and one to come in Nov). We don't fit in w/ radical unschooling either but I have no curriculum or plans to buy any although I am always trying to get resources when I can.
I like a lot of different philosophies but we kind of take what we want from wherever. I want to do more nature study - I think going outside and just being is so good and it just naturally lends itself to learning w/out having to force it. We do have a HWT book- but I haven't taught it to him- some days he likes to look at it and takes a pen and paper and just practices on his own. He likes to be self-directed.
We have a group here but it is so cliquey plus everyone that is involved in the group seem to be the school at home type and I have yet to meet anyone that doesn't use ABeka. Even if I was going to do a curriculum that would be about last on my list- one step above BJU- for many, many reasons.
Anyway- I would love to visit a group up there sometime that was more inclusive. Down here one of the ladies in group acted like I was a leper when I had said I had a hb.
And Ms. Black if you move that way I would be glad to see you as well- I think that sounds like a great idea