Why the group was founded
Speaking personally, as an educator and homeschooler, my desire to create a truly secular homeschool group grew out of the fact that one was very difficult to find in the St. Mary’s County area of Maryland. I also wanted to share learning and social activities with other families as I felt both my son and I would enjoy the benefits of collaborating with others. Everyone’s path to homeschooling is different, but I think we all come to a place where we think this is what will be best for our children.
I have a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Napa College in California, and a BA in Humanities from UMUC, and have formal training in Reggio Emilia and Montessori philosophies, as well as many years of self-study in Waldorf education, and Forest School. I whole heartedly support a growth mindset and encourage Socratic discussion.
Why we homeschool
Our personal journey started with the birth of my son of course. I had always been interested in homeschooling, but had a shy ‘only’ child, so I was looking for more socialization for him. There are no Waldorf schools in my area, so I chose a Montessori school. He did pre-k and Kindergarten there, but it never seemed to be a perfect fit for him, so we moved him to public school for first grade. He enjoyed his first year, but second grade was not ‘good’ for many reasons. We felt as a family that it was time to make a big change so we offered up the idea of homeschooling to our son and he was very excited. He loves homeschooling with me and it allows us so much freedom in education and life learning. The one thing we were lacking was a social group that worked for us…so here we are!
Our approach to homeschooling could be defined as ‘eclectic’ as we choose from a variety of resources and materials to create learning experiences that are meaningful and enjoyable, but still maintain academic rigor. We include a healthy amount of creativity in our lives and in our learning, and care a great deal about environmental and social issues and include a philosophy of awareness and respect in all that we do.