Being homeschoolers living close to two major universities, one of which we live in the heart of, is proving to be a source of many learning opportunities. Last week we attended a musical performance during "lunch hour." The school will be offering this free program once a month, attendees may bring their lunch and listening ears as students and staff of the music program share their talents. It was low key, enjoyable, and something we will definitely return to next month.
Next week we will attend a daytime performance of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. The costumes alone we are looking forward to! The University has put together this special time and price for all children; public, private, or homeschooled.
To this point our experience as a homeschool family in the public eye has been mostly positive. We find our area to be extremely inclusive and supportive to homeschoolers. There are no sideways glances when we are out and about during school day hours, it is seen as a valid (and often revered) method for educating children. My only source of angst has been that familiar place many homeschool parents have experienced where well intentioned people inquire about socialization. I'm not going to get into it because frankly it's exhausting. But I will say this; every time that sentiment comes into conversation, my mind flashes to the scene in Good Will Hunting where Matt Damon explodes in his doc's (Robin Williams) office because people ask the wrong questions, read the wrong books. That of course being the scene where many of us first learned of Howard Zinn. I guess I'm learning to just roll with it as the questions come up.