I am entering my first year of "real" homeschooling with my almost-five-year-old (I also have an almost-two-year-old). There are two homeschooling groups in my area, and I need help deciding whether to do just one of them or both!
Here is the scoop on the two groups:
The first one: is in my town. Does academic as well as fine art activities. Meets weekly. I've attended a meeting and was very impressed and felt warmly welcomed. We are already officially signed up with this one.
The second one: is a short drive away. Does art, music, and physical ed activities. Meets every-other-week. Got a less warm vibe at this meeting. We are not signed up yet.
While it may be obvious that I favor option one, I am actually still considering option two as well. My primary reasoning is that I worry that one day of social interaction with other children is not enough. Is my thinking skewed? Is one day enough? Or is two days too much?
As a side note, I should add that I'm not crazy about both of these groups being "programmed" activities; I'd rather one of the days be just about free play and interaction. Theoretically I could just host a playdate at my home once a week or every-other-week, but most of our regular playmates are going to school or have recently moved away. (It's a low population area.) So I could host one, but literally only one child may come.
I hope to get some good advice on this forum! Everyone who I've asked in person gives really polite and vague answers like, "Oh, I don't know. Whatever you think." "Yeah, I know, it's a hard decision." "Well, you'll be fine either way." !!! Those are kind words, but really not helpful!
I know from experience that you Mothering friends offer solid advice! Thank you!