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#1 of 8 Old 08-24-2008, 01:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am a mother of a 5 year old and 2 year old, and we recently decided to not start our 5 year old in Kindergarten. He will more than likely start next year (as a young six) in Kindergarten or possible 1st grade, in public school as private is out of our budget.

I have several friends that homeschool but they are all involved in "their own thing" and while I've heard of groups in the area, I am at a loss as to how to find/contact them. I emailed the NCHE today so hopefully I will have other leads.

Really in need of a supportive group, preferably one that is familiar with special needs (my son has SPD) and is secular. My son comes from a background of a Waldorf-inspired preschool (past two years) but this year is not in preschool. Instead, he is taking swimming lessons, tae kwon do, and scouting on the side. I have the Handwriting without Tears curriculum but am meeting with some resistance since he has low muscle tone and has been holding pencils incorrectly since toddlerhood.

Would like to meet regularly, unschooling is fine but we do a lot of it already, it would be nice to have a somewhat structured activity at least one morning a week.

All suggestions, guidance would be appreciated!
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I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but a friend participates in this group (her kids are 4 and 7) and really enjoys it:

Homeschool Explorers

Good luck, I'm sure you'll get some good suggestions from folks in Raleigh.
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A few ideas: The Homeschool Gathering Place is off Glenwood Avenue. They are nice folks who are probably pretty well connected.

You may want to check out this NC Gifts which is for folks hsing sn kids: http://www.giftsnc.com/

If you are a conservative Christian, there's a loop based in Raleigh for you called spiceline....

the Cary Homeschoolers has a big active inclusive group, so if you're on that end of Raleigh it might work: http://www.caryhomeschoolers.org/
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Wanted to report back that I visited the Homeschool Gathering Place today, and wow, what a wonderful resource!

I also met someone the same day you posted about Homeschool Explorers so I am going to attend their next meeting next Tuesday.

Off to check out the website for GiftsNC to find out where/when they meet.

Unfortunately, I live 45+ minutes from Cary so the Cary Homeschoolers are not an option.

Thanks everyone!
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So are you in the north Raleigh area? I have an almost 5 yo and I'm involved in two different preschool co-ops, both are AP-friendly. If you are still looking for resources please PM me, I can share what I know.

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Marta,

Did you ever visit Homeschool Explorers? If so, what did you think? I'm curious about their group.
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Marta,

Did you ever visit Homeschool Explorers? If so, what did you think? I'm curious about their group.
You should check them out! I only went once but I'd like to go back. Alexander called it a "fun place" and has asked to go back. The hours are odd (11-1) followed by optional outdoor playground time (1-3), smack in the middle of lunch and for us the start of nap. All ages, a group of about 20 kids from age 3-18. I liked the way the organizer picked activities that would engage kids and parents alike. Some of my favorites: We sat in a big circle, someone started a story and threw a beanbag to another to continue the story, and so on. We stood up and keeping our hands linked, sent a hoola hoop around the circle and back again. Put a king size sheet on the floor, asked everyone to stand on it, get off and folded it in half, everyone back on it again, get off and folded it in half again, everyone back on it, and so forth until the sheet was a small 2' x 4' rectangle and the older kids had the younger ones on their shoulders. We liked it, just wish it wasn't at lunch time. My 2 year old especially kept asking for snacks so I am not sure that the meetings will work for us.
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So are you in the north Raleigh area? I have an almost 5 yo and I'm involved in two different preschool co-ops, both are AP-friendly. If you are still looking for resources please PM me, I can share what I know.
PM'd you! I'm in the NE part of Raleigh but can travel to North Raleigh.
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