Come see why homeschooling is a popular option for many Marin families at this year's Bay Area Homeschool Fair. It takes place this Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Golden Gate Learning Center in San Anselmo.
The fair starts at 4 pm with a choice of two workshops: "The Cycles of the Kitchen", with Lindy Woodard, MD of Pediatric Alternatives and "Maker Club", with Daniel Ezell, director at Golden Gate Learning Center. Fair tables, with a wide variety of local vendors and homeschooling organizations, open at 5 pm. At 6:30 pm, keynote speaker Blake Boles—author, adventurer, entrepreneur, and founder of Unschool Adventures—takes the stage. The event wraps up with a homeschooling roundtable at 8 pm, followed by a Q&A session.
In addition, there will be games, refreshments, a bookstore, and more. The Bay Area Homeschool Fair is open to the public and admission is free! The event is sponsored by Pediatric Alternatives and Marin Homeschoolers.
Marin Mommies presents a guest article from Marin mom and homeschooler Julie Schiffman, M. Ed.
Why would anyone choose to homeschool in a county where nearly every neighborhood is prized for its distinguished, award winning schools? Lots of reasons…
Deep learning—one of my favorite things about homeschooling is allowing my children the time and space to learn all about their curiosities and interests. Their school day never ends, so they do not have to stick to time schedules and are not bound by state standards for subject matter. Some of our favorite "curriculum units" have been Animal Rescue, Agriculture, How It’s Made, and Our Community. Because these themes were interesting to my kids, we have participated in many field trips in and around Marin--the Humane Society, Richardson Bay Audubon, Wildcare, Petaluma farms and dairies, Heath Ceramics, Mrs. Grossman’s, Jelly Belly Factory, Marin County Fire Dept., Marin Municipal Water District, Muir Woods, etc. are just a sampling of the many hands-on learning experiences we’ve had.
Have you ever thought about homeschooling your children? If it's something you're considering, make sure to attend tonight's (Monday, May 9) special presentation "Homeschooling in Marin: Demystifying the Choice" from 7–8:30 pm in the Corte Madera Community Room at 100 Corte Madera Town Center. Come hear about homeschooling from and discuss the topic with a panel of experienced Marin homeschooling parents.
Homeschooling has been gaining more attention and interest in Marin over the last few years. This presentation will help debunk the stereotypical questions associated with homeschooling (i.e. "Are children not getting any socialization?"), and highlight the benefits as well as the challenges of this often overlooked educational choice.
Ever wonder if homeschooling is right for you and your children? Marin mom and homeschooling parent Barbara McVeigh writes about her experiences, as well as local resources for homeschoolers, in this guest article.
Last August my daughter’s assigned first grade desk sat empty, and I felt a lump in my throat. Because instead of driving her to our local school, one noted for its academic achievements and containing her kindergarten friends from last year, we decided to take an alternative route. We went fishing that day where we got hooked… with a creative group of homeschoolers, a community growing in Marin. Our homeschooling journey began as we dived into a world filled with boundless schooling choices.
Making an educational decision for a child is such a personal one, and it can be a very sensitive topic. Reasons might be based on pedagogy, religion, health issues, logistics, or finances. We personally chose homeschooling for balance we could not find in private or public schools. And, living in Marin we’ve discovered extraordinary resources that make this journey for our child and family immensely memorable, rich and, of course, educational.