For the past four years, Max (age 14) and Mason (age 10) have been attending a local homeschooling group at the museum in Bradenton and they’ve loved every minute of it. It was very educational and they made a few new friends.
After moving to St. Pete, we planned to keep taking them there because it’s only twice a month, on Wednesdays, and the drive isn’t too bad. We also checked into a local homeschooling group here, which is very organized, and has more than 600 members.
Here’s how the local one works. Once each week, the kids attend “school” for the entire day with the group. Before the semester begins, they choose which classes they want. The “teachers” are hired by the group and the parents pay each individual teacher for the class. The classes range from acting and improv to physics, and from ballroom basics (yes, really!), to creative writing, to video game programming, and much more. The kids attend five classes and a lunch each Wednesday and parents are required to stay on the premises during the “school” day. Of course, parents are also given volunteer assignments so it all works out well.
While I was ill last week, Richard took the boys to their meet ‘n greet, where they met the teachers for the classes they wanted to take. On Saturday morning, we were sitting at our computers at 10:00 a.m. so we could sign them up quickly, hoping to get the classes they wanted before they filled up. Yes, there’s a huge demand and a limited number of students can attend each class.
As soon as we were able to login, their site crashed. That’s how popular it was. On Facebook, parents were complaining. We didn’t. We just clicked refresh every few minutes. The site did eventually come back online (after crashing several times) and the boys got all the classes they wanted.
Sadly, since their new classes are on Wednesdays, they won’t be attending the museum this year. But, this is more frequent and they’ll have the opportunity to make lots more friends. Of course, they’ll be bringing home more colds and flus, too. That’s definitely something we do NOT miss about classrooms!
And, NO, I did not make them sign up for ballroom basics! 😉
I have a Richardism for you this week.
We tried a new recipe last week that, basically, uses flattened chicken as a tender “crust” under the rest of the ingredients. Think of it like chicken pizza. Weird, I know. We were skeptical.
Richard pulled out the bag of chicken he’d purchased for that recipe, grabbed the tenderizer out of the drawer, and went to work, pounding on the chicken to flatten it. After a few minutes, he realized the pieces might be too small for the intended purpose.
He said, “I wish I had bigger breasts.”
The recipe was DELICIOUS, by the way! The recipe is HERE.
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