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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Homeschooling in the region

 PALS is a non-religious co-op that offers a space for babies and toddlers and programs for those up to age 17. Once a week, parents bring their children and they have a choice of which classes they can take.  The classes are not traditional math, science and English classes. Most of them are not broken into specific age and grade groups and all subjects were voted on, so kids decide the curriculum.

"One thing that is clear is that the term “homeschool” is a broad one. Within PALS, the parents have numerous ways in which they teach their children. Some have a set curriculum, some utilize cyber-charter schools, some do a mix of homeschooling and public schooling, and there are families who do what’s called “un-schooling,” which largely lets the child learn through play and dictate what is learned through their own interests. Plus, public school extracurricular activities such as sports and band are open to homeschooled students.

So when asked how their children make friends when they are homeschooled, Catherine Aceto summed it up: “They make friends at the library, they make friends at other classes you take them to, they make friends with the friends of your friends, they actually have a lot of time for making friends and they make friends in the neighborhood obviously.”"