Homeschooling Programs on the North Shore… and beyond

Posted by Ann, Ziptivity’s North Shore Community Ambassador

Homeschooling.  It makes me shake in my Uggs.  In our never-ending quest to give our children what the want (and need), we may ask ourselves the question, “Is this for me – for my family?” I know but 2 families (according to fb stats, that’s .645% of my friends) that have brave enough to try it.   Liz, mom to five boys, did it – successfully for about 4 years.  Here’s what she has to say about it:

“Homeschooling…. It was absolutely wonderful to spend so much time at such important times with my children. That was one of our reasons for homeschooling.  That being said, it’s very difficult to be everything to your kids. I know families have homeschooled for eternity but I know that I’m a better mom if my kids are away from me for some part of the day…”

Flash forward to today, Liz has all honors students with an excellent work ethic.  Liz mentions too, that homeschooling is not for everyone.  It takes a special child with a willingness to listen, and a very special parent with the patience to teach.

Luckily for those in the throes of homeschooling, there has recently been an upsurge in programs designed to take some of the pressure off the parents.  Joppa Flats, the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and most recently, the Eastern Point Day School, all have an abundance of great enrichment programs that allow everyone to Get Out of the house for a good part of the looong day.

Details found here:

Home School at Eastern Point Day School, Monday-Friday, March 28th through June 16th, 9am-3pm

The purpose of Home School at EPDS is to provide home school children and their families with a variety of opportunities designed to supplement and support a home school education. Programs include: Art, Dance and Drama, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Science and Social Studies.

Joppa Flats: Attention Homeschoolers!, Thursdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm or 9:30am – 1:30pm

Joppa Flats offers a wide variety of programs at our site or in your community relating to natural science throughout the year. Upcoming events:

April 14, 1-3 pm: Sustain our Seafood Industry Study Session
April 28, 9:30 am-1:30 pm: Sustain our Seafood Industry Field Trip to Cat Cove Aquaculture Lab (special pricing applies)
May 5, 1-3 pm: Bird Migration Study Session
May 12, 9-11:30 am: Bird Banding Station Field Trip

Ipswich River: Homeschool Programs, Wednesdays through May, 10am-noon

and beyond the North Shore:

Great Place to Learn is an independently owned and operated learning facility that provides tutoring as well as courses for students who need just a little help-to entire classes/semesters. An individualized program is designed for each student to meet their academic needs.

Voyagers, Inc. is a non-profit, multi-cultural, secular, homeschooling resource center and Coop in Acton, Massachusetts. Run by a dedicated contingent of volunteers, they provide resources, a sense of community, and support for homeschooling families, including those with gifted children, in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

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