Several Mississippi moms connected online through a statewide homeschool network.
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political opinions, educational issues, and general discussion. Pull up a seat and enjoy!
A popular misconception about homeschoolers is that they are isolated from popular culture. This may be the case for some homeschoolers, but by no means all.
Thanks to the Internet my children are able to communicate with a wide variety of people. My eldest son even started his own website, while he was being homeschooled. My children watch TV, listen to the radio and hang out with friends. They play on recreational leagues with children who attend public & private schools. We are by no means isolated from the rest of the world.
While some homeschoolers did leave the public school system in order to protect their children from the perceived evils of the public schools, many more homeschoolers left because they realized their children were not receiving the academic education they deserved. These homeschoolers come from a variety of religious backgrounds, have diverse personal philosophies and embrace inclusive homeschool groups.
Homeschooling is a valid educational choice, it doesn't isolated children from their friends and it provides many opportunities to socialize with people of various backgrounds.
Homeschooling is an educational choice. Parents of all religions and philosophies choose to either send their children to a public school, a private school or to homeschool them. Visit Home~Schoolers Rule, to read more.
Shannon has a new blog, Homeschool Hacks. It's full of resources. I can't wait to use the Algebra Assistance and hopefully I can get Sean interested in the National Vocabulary Championship listed in the teen catagory. But wherever you are on the homeschooling ladder you are sure to find something to please at Homeschool Hacks.
As always the Cates' have introduced an important topic. Public misconceptions about homeschoolers and isolation. I look forward to reading further post, on the subject. Their post reminded me of something that happened when we first started homeschooling. Since both my sons love dinosaurs, I was thrilled when I found out a local homeschool group was sponsoring a talk about dinosaurs, by a"scientist". Unfortunately the topic "Learn all About Dinosaurs" was misleading. He proceeded to state that dinosaurs weren't real because the BIBLE doesn't mention them (great scientific evidence there), then went on to say that all the dinosaur bones that had been discovered were hoaxes created by Satan (in the face of real scientific evidence claim it's not real). Needles to say we left the lecture early, even though I was told later how rude the rest of the group thought I was for quietly walking out. But with the unfailing logic of a 8 year old my youngest son decided if he had to choose between God and dinosaurs he would pick dinosaurs because he had seen their bones. Imagine his relief when I told him that he could believe in both as I don't find believing in God excludes Science.
The cafe has a new neighbor. The Homeschool Diner, stop in for some burghers, fries and cherry pie. Ok, I am kidding about the food, but they have some great homeschool resources. You can also join in the diner chat by joining their yahoo group.
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