At this year’s PEACH Meetings, doors will open at 6:30pm so families have time to connect with other homeschoolers. Some meet in the fellowship hall to chat or sign up for field trips, and there is always a group around the sign in desk asking questions about homeschooling, or how they can join PEACH.
Since this was the first meeting of our PEACH year, the focus was on learning about PEACH, with introductions from officers and coordinators, a short tutorial about how we use bigtent.com to communicate with our members, and a brief explanation of the notification process.
Then we had breakout sessions to help homeschoolers find the information, support, and encouragement they need:
Notifications/Starting Out is always a first stop for new homeschoolers who want advice and assistance to ensure their notification are in compliance with what Ohio law requires. A step-by-step guide is also available on our website – Ohio Homeschool Notification.
Choosing Curriculum offered a place where families can ask questions of veteran homeschoolers about where they can obtain curriculum, teach to their child’s individual needs, and homeschool multiple children at the same time, especially with littles.
The Homeschooling High School workshop covered such topics as course credits, transcripts, and graduation requirements, dual enrollment (College Credit Plus), college entrance requirements, and Ohio County Career Center opportunities. Testing preparation was also discussed, such as how to study for Compass, Accuplacer, PSAT, SAT, ACT tests, AP and CLEP. There was also some help for those with special needs accommodations for college and how to assess and prepare for that in high school.
New Beginnings was for those who are graduating a child from homeschool high school. For some this is their last year as a homeschool parent, while for others it was their first homeschool graduate. In any case, what is an end for both parent and child is also a beginning, a future bright with new and different experiences that will result in the family forming even deeper and more meaningful relationships.
The Fellowship Hall was full of Opportunities Galore – think of a Golden Corral of local groups and activities homeschool students can get involved in. Families mingled and met with representatives who offer products and services to homeschoolers. Meanwhile, an ice cream social ensured that everyone was having a sweet time!
If you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry – we have a meeting the 2nd Thursday of each month, and every one of these monthly meetings is free and open to the public. Invite a friend to the next meeting on Thursday, September 10th, which will feature Renna Bertsche speaking on “Teaching HOW to learn in a ‘what to learn’ culture”.