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  1. I started a Facebook group for this very thing. It's called Temporary Homeschoolers. I invited experienced homeschoolers to join the group who were willing to help folks who have been thrown into this, due to current circumstances. The group has grown a lot, and I believe is a positive resource for everyone. My philosophy is that folks who are schooling at home right now are going to call themselves homeschoolers. They don't know any different. So, this is an opportunity to show them a little about what homeschooling truly is. We've been able to calm a lot of frazzled nerves, and help folks understand they won't ruin their kids. We've encouraged a lot of deschooling and taking the opportunity to focus on non-traditional education, since many schools haven't provided full curriculum yet, and probably will not be able to for some time due to equal access issues. I know this is not "real" committed homeschooling in most cases. But I see no reason to be antagonistic and divisive. I'd rather extend a helping hand in this extraordinary time. The vast majority of folks will probably return to public schools when they reopen, but if they can go back with some homeschooling myths dispelled and a new respect or appreciation for homeschoolers, it will be worth the effort. This situation has also caused A LOT of folks who were already on the fence about homeschooling to decide to give it a go. So, we've been able to share various resources with them as well, and answer a lot of genuine new homeschooler questions. We've also been able to share with them that this, crisis homeschooling, or isolation homeschooling, is not representative of how homeschooling looks for most of us. So, that's my perspective. I certainly don't feel that all homeschoolers are obligated to help in this way. It's just my little way of doing what I can to help my neighbors in this awful time.
  2. I'm unashamedly resurrecting this thread again. So many great suggestions! My current middle schooler was just starting 1st grade when this thread began, but it's quite helpful to me now. Thank you!
  3. I think that the "50 forum post minimum to post items for sale" rule was a really valuable one & it doesn't appear to be in effect here. It cut down on folks dropping in just to sell, especially scammers. The buy/sell forum here has been one of my favorite places to buy and sell homeschool curricula & I'd hate to see it become less useful. I too have the same concerns about the lost feedback from the previous boards. I relied on it, along with the assurance that most sellers were active board participants, to make decisions about who to trade with. I also feel that my feedback gave assurance to others that I was trustworthy to buy from. With the new format, I do have a suggestion to make. I think since it encourages folks to list items individually, and most posts will be quickly buried, it would sure be nice to have subforums on the For Sale Board like 'math' or 'science' or 'high school' or 'bulk lots' to make it easier to search, and more likely that prospective buyers will see the ads they'd be interested in.

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    Looking for a Kids of Carcassonne game to buy. My son played it recently while visiting with friends and it is his number one Christmas wish. Apparently they are out of print, and rather hard to find. So, just thought I'd check to see if maybe someone here has one gathering dust. :) PM me, thanks!


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