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homeschool possibilities

yep, there are some great schools in pdx, but, we just moved and i have been super busy and we may not even find a school that has availability near us, so we are continuing our homeschooling for now. may turn out that we just like it better anyways.

1) please share any info about NON-EXTREMIST ie. christian, etc. homeschool groups. we are pretty punk alternative and NOT interested in fielding other people's insecurities about diversity.

2) my roommate has a masters in physics (also did a semester as an unpaid intern at harvard!) and is a licensed substitute teacher. zhe can teach anything...i am thinking math and science. if anyone would like to GO IN ON tutoring, i was thinking it would be more financially reasonable to have a few kids doing weekly or bi-weekly tutoring with my roommate as a group. we could pay like $5 each per child and then my roomie would get a fair shake and we wouldn't be pushing our own budgets.

tutoring would include simple but fun experiments, as well as whatever other things individual kids are working on. my roomie is really nice and fun, and loves teaching. when i mentioned this idea, zhe was brainstorming like crazy on making the learning fun and good.

this would be at our house, unless we go on an outing say to OMSI or a nature preserve or something. we have a mid sized trampoline and two yards, as well as indoor space that is smoke and pet free (except upstairs where my son and i have a ferret). we are conveniently located just inside the cully neighborhood off of killingsworth.

please get back to me with your thoughts. as i mentioned in 1), we are also looking to network with other homeschoolers in general for outings, what have you. any websites, etc., are helpful.


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Nov. 19th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Portland actually has a HUGE homeschooling community with a lot of online resources.
http://www.gphomeschool.org/ nevermind - looks like the site has moved? I'll get back to you if no one else answers.

Edited at 2008-11-19 06:13 pm (UTC)
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
i figured....i just need to get hooked up!

and i want to offer this tutoring opp for those of us parents who are not so math or science savvy.
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Of course, my best friend who homeschools and would know all of this is overseas right now and isnt back till next month.
There IS a big community out here and it definitely tends to be on all ends of the spectrum in terms of diversity. It looks like that site moved to yahoo groups when the guy who ran the original board site had to stop dealing with the website. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GPH/
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
thanks! i'll check that out. i hope i don't have to weed through right wing christians though, there are a LOT of them who homeschool. that's kind of why i was posting specifically what i am seeking.

been there, done that, ugh. was so pissed when my son came home and told me a girl in his homeschool support class told him 'her family was praying for us since we don't have jesus.' trust me, one old fashioned can of whoop ass was opened right up!
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