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My question is this.. if you are not part of a homeschool group, how do you connect to others?? I am undecided on joining and want to know how others connect with friends and what not...
We have belonged to a few groups over the years, but parenting and homeschooling practices varied so widely that it was sometimes uncomfortable for us. My daughter has never really been a social butterfly and prefers one-on-one interaction. Having said that, we've found most of our connections through unschooling conferences where there are lots of people <g>. Conference funshops or casual get-togethers that focused on her interests were the best ways to find kids with whom to connect. That's probably the most important thing for us. Just being unschoolers doesn't provide enough common ground to be friends with just anyone. We have some casual acquaintances and I've met folks I connect with but our kids don't necessarily have anything much in common.
So, for us, it comes down to interests. My daughter plays MMORPG and she has online friends all over the world, some of whom we plan to meet in the coming years. Only a very small percentage are unschoolers. She has irl friends north, south, and east about 2 hours away, all ways; we already travel around to see them and they *are* unschoolers. And as I said before, her needs for socializing with groups of kids is pretty much non-existent, so it all works for us.