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Introduction & Icebreaker to Connect With Each Other

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Andrea G
Ashland, VA
9/30/2020
Hello, fellow MBTP parents! I thought it might be nice to get to know each other a little bit so here's a thread to help us get to know each other. Some questions to help break the ice:

1. How long have you been homeschooling?
2. Why are you homeschooling?
3. Why did you pick MBTP?
4. What's something that surprised you about homeschooling or using MBTP?
5. What are your hobbies or things you do for fun?

Here's a bit about me. :)

I'm Andrea and I'm in a small town in central Virginia. This is my first year homeschooling. We decided to homeschool this year because we really struggled with virtual learning in the spring because both myself and my son have ADHD. Our public school required that an adult attend all of the virtual classes with students for this year. With that requirement, we decided that we might as well homeschool so it would give us the best chance at keeping our kids engaged and we had autonomy with our time. We looked at a lot of programs and picked MBTP because we wanted a secular program that taught critical thinking skills. I've been surprised at the amount of material my kids have been able to absorb and how much I've enjoyed some of the activities. Making a musk ox out of yarn or teaching how cream turns into butter are the kinds of activities I probably wouldn't have prioritized before this. When we're done homeschooling, I enjoy painting and running my own business. My daughter makes forts out of sofa cushions and my son gets really deep into Minecraft (especially redstone projects).

Looking forward to hopefully getting to know some of you as well!
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Angela D
La Grande, OR
9/30/2020
I have been homeschooling since 2013. My family was moving to a small, isolated town across the country and we decided to try homeschooling as part of our new adventures. The number one reason I homeschool is to spend as much time as possible with my two daughters. I love being around them and feel that they will be all grown in the blink of an eye. I am very proud and feel very thankful that my family has been able to accomodate homeschooling. I picked MBTP because it was a paper and pencil curriculum and my husband and I feel that it is the most well-rounded and rigorous curriculum on the market. I have been suprised at how much I LOVE homeschooling. It still suprises many of my long-term friends that I even do it! For fun, I read, knit, cook, garden, travel, and hike.
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kathryn D
SEATTLE, WA
10/13/2020
My name is Katie and we live in Seattle WA. We are brand new to homeschooling, and though I am nervous about it fulfilling my 10 year old, I also knew that it couldn't be worse than the mind-numbing time she was spending online with school while the teachers did their best to teach. We looked online and kept coming back to MBTP. The reading and projects sounded so appealing to her and us. We are struggling a bit with the shipping delays and trying to piece together the projects, (doing 10-12 curriculum) but have been able to piece them together with what we have at home. We are in week 2, and so far she is really enjoying it. And so I am I! She is able to stay in public school for her math (her teacher is a star), and for instrumental music (the 2 things I am not comfortable helping her with). It's a hybrid model and seems to be working out well after 1.5 weeks. So yes, we are brand new!

When we aren't doing school, I am in the garden, kitchen, exercising, doing a puzzle, hiking, dealing with our baby chickens ;) and getting outside as much as I can. We also have a list of social justice books that we have been reading. Big sister and dad are also getting into the reading. It's been fun to dive into those as a family. My daughter loves to go out and ride bikes with friends, bake desserts, read, and do jigsaw puzzles. She has sewn in the past which I would love her to get back into.

So glad to find this forum. Thank you!
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Andrea G
Ashland, VA
10/14/2020
That's a really neat hybrid model. So glad you could find something that works. We've also been incorporating social justice into our curriculum.