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I really need some ideas for formatting my local homeschool groups October meeting. I would it to be creative and fresh and relevant to everyone. I need to address all different areas of learning. I just don't want to be the main speaker.

 

Does any one have any ideas how I could do this without bringing in a specific outside speaker? I was thinking of pulling people up in groups of three and interviewing them kinda like a game show. That could be cheesy?! I don't know.

 

Any ideas?

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One thing my local hs support group does is to organize groups by table: all elementary sit together, junior high, or senior high. It is usually a breakout session and they do various activities like share their favorite curriculum (bring it with you) to the group. Another time we had a panel of moms who homeschooled all kids up to high school give a Q&A session after the main meeting. We submitted questions ahead of time.

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I was in a support group that had a panel made up of homeschooled teens. Some had been homeschooled for middle school only, some into high school, some had graduated homeschool. Each person had a few minutes to share their experience and tell what they liked, disliked, what they would have changed. It was interesting to hear from the young people. There was one young lady who was opposed to homeschooling--didn't enjoy it and would never think of it for her own future kids--though she'd been homeschooled through high school.

 

It was definitely different from our usual meetings.

 

 

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One thing my local hs support group does is to organize groups by table: all elementary sit together, junior high, or senior high. It is usually a breakout session and they do various activities like share their favorite curriculum (bring it with you) to the group. Another time we had a panel of moms who homeschooled all kids up to high school give a Q&A session after the main meeting. We submitted questions ahead of time.

 

I really like this idea. It takes the pressure off of finding speakers.

 

I kinda got inspired off your post and came up with this...

 

OK - After opening time I would organize the room into 2-3 circles of chairs. Asking everyone to sit in one of the circles. Then a timer is set and I give one person in the group a card with a question on it. One of the circles relates to early years, another one relates to middle years and the third relates to older years of homeschooling. The card is intended to generate conversation. You will get different answers because some will have "been there, done that" and others can only imagine. Once they have exhasted the conversation on the topic they can open another envelope with another question.

 

I am thinking of either having them go around the circle and each giving some sort of answer or saying "pass". I might even give each person 3 pass cards to use thoughout the night.

 

After the timer goes off, I tell everyone to stand up and choose a new circle. It doesn't have to be with the same people, just a new circle.

 

I think this could be a fun way to get a lot of great ideas and get to know each other.

 

What do you all think?

 

PS If you like the idea, what kind of questions would YOU put on the card? My daughter suggested scenario questions... LIKE "If you were asked by a friend how to make their child pay attention during their math lessons, which included a hands-on popular curriculum, what would you tell them?"

 

I would like the questions to be all sorts of different, thought provoking, conversation provoking, maybe even controversial. If you have any suggestions (some of you REALLY like to be controversial LOL) I would appreciate it SOOO MUCH!!!!

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