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I feel like my head is going to explode. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br>
My son is 5,5 years old, and normally would start school next fall. (2007)<br><br>
We are Norwegians, living in Norway. Here in Norway, noone homeschools or unschools. There are 4,5 million people in this country and only around 300 homeschooled children in ALL of Norway.<br>
If I talk about homeschooling, people think I am a total and complete nutcase. Several homeschoolingfamilies were in court during the nineties to defend their right to homeschool. Most people doesn`t even know it is allowed to homeschool in Norway.<br><br>
But I really, really feel that homeschooling/almost unschooling (homeschooling, but with very little "pressure" from me) is the right thing to do. Shcools in Norway are good, I think. But they are still schools.<br><br>
I am so torn. I do not know what to do. If we homeschool, he will have no children to play with during the day. None. Everyone will be in school. There are no homescoolingcommunities here. Nothing like that at all. Everyone here thinks children NEED to be in school. Not so much for the learning, but for the sosializing. They NEED to spend lots of time with other kids everyday. How will they ever be independent if they are with their parents all the time? How will they learn about the real world if they are out of school? That sort of thing.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I don`t agree at all. But I am afraid that we will be <b>too</b> alone. Noone will even understand WHY we do what we do. Will my son feel left out? Too different?<br><br>
We live in the middle of Norways third largest city, with everything the city has to offer very, very close by. So he WILL very much be a part of the real world. Of our world.<br><br>
I am the administrator of Norways first Attachemnt Parenting forum on the net, and know a few (3-4) other parents who wants to hmeschool or unschool their children, but their kids are younger and they live in other parts of Norway.<br><br>
I have no idea what I want from this post. I just need to vent and complain a bit, I think.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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Mama ~ if I was you I would homeschool, definitely. I completely understand what you're saying about not having other homeschooled children around for him.....but I think there might be some creative ways to address the socialization issue other than to institutionalize him.<br><br>
How about taking advantage of all the cultural events & places possible in your city. Museums & art galleries.....coffee shops.... Surely he will meet all sorts of people in the real world - though perhaps not exactly his age, these older people will still offer him the opportunity to socialize. And it sounds like there are some great places in your city to learn from!<br><br>
I remember when my oldest child was feeling a longing for friendship, I hooked her up volunteering at our local nursing home. She had the most amazing experiences of friendship and companionship there! To this day she remembers the two years she spent learning and loving in that place.
 

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I too would suggest enrolling your kids in activites like sports or the arts so they get to learn the language. You can still make this work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> If they are old enough, they might be able to volunteer somewhere. I knew a homeschooling child who was about 10, and she voluteered at the local children's museum a few days a week to help with the school tours.
 

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Thank you both so much for responding to my rant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
My son is 5 years old, and an only child. And he is totally obsessed with sports. So he will definitely be enrolled in some activities, we just have to decide witch ones.. He wants to do hockey, football, skateboard, snowboard, swimming and gymnastics. To name a few.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I am reading, reading, reading the posts in this forum. It makes me feel a lot better about my desire to homeschool.
 
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