Though we took the week off from doing school, I by no means took the week off from thinking about or planing school, which I'm sure my fellow home educators can relate to.
As I mentioned, I was invited to meet with the coordinator of a local homeschooling after missing their open house the previous week. Talking one on one (while indulging in what's become a rare treat: a coffee house latte) was much better suited to my personality style when it comes to disseminating and discussing new-to-me information. I was very grateful the coordinator went out of her way to offer her time and the gesture gave me hopeful feelings for the future.
While I feel good about my decision to use Oak Meadow as a starting point for our homeschool journey, I have to say that I don't think it will be our chosen curriculum moving beyond this school year. Funnily enough, when I told the program coordinator this, she said that it was the curriculum she initially wanted to use when she started out though she ultimately chose a different path and hadn't met anyone using Oak Meadow: besides me.
This may be part of my hesitancy about using it myself. Though I consider myself fairly introverted, I do desire a certain level of interaction and shared experienced with others. There are a couple of other local homeschooling groups in our area, with the intent of gathering for occasional field trips and curriculum sharing. But I think sister and I would both appreciate the opportunity to have more routine meet-ups with other homeschooling kids and families who are exploring similar themes in their learning.
When I read about this new program, I felt instantly relaxed by the amount of structure it offered, as paradoxical as that may seem to some.
At the end of the week, sister and I were extended an invitation to join in on one of the group's weekly meetings and hopefully get a better idea of whether this would be a good fit for us come fall.
Have you ended up somewhere differently than you envisioned or set out to be in terms of homeschooling?
Please share your experiences in the comments.