Tuesday, January 13, 2009

North Shore Young Homeschoolers

Our homeschool group is getting bigger and better than ever. We've had seven families join in the last two weeks, which brings us up to 25 families on the Yahoo Group. Of those, I've met in person probably about half, maybe a little less. Not bad, all things considered. We had a planning meeting last night and three moms showed, which was a little less than I was hoping for, but it actually worked out really well. One of the moms decided to take over planning field trips, and we're going to aim for a factory tour (probably Necco or Garelick Farms) in February. Jen offered to host quarterly parent workshops--the first of which will be in March, on storytelling (she'll have a guest speaker come and everything). We also have planned a small Imbolc event at my house, a Valentine's Day party, and a family game day.

The main issue is still getting people to attend. This past Friday was supposed to be science at my house, and we had a lot of RSVPs.. there were supposed to be 13 children coming over, in addition to my own. In reality, only five kids came (three families). It was fine, and we all had a great time, but that just illustrates how.. flaky.. homeschoolers can be. I mean, I can flake out with the rest of them.. but it does get kind of tiring when I'm doing all this planning. When I sent out the meeting minutes, I included a little blurb about how Jen and I are fine with somewhat informal attendance for the co-op, but that for big events where there will be a speaker, tour guide, or people preparing amounts of food based on RSVPs, that people need to take their RSVPs seriously. I really hope I didn't offend anyone, but what else can I do?

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