When our oldest daughter was in preschool, my husband and I began to consider the possibility of homeschooling, but I was unsure how to proceed. I began to do some research. At first, it wasn't easy to find other homeschoolers on Oahu. I thought they were a rare breed. It's not that they weren't there, but my search gave me the feeling that it was a secret underground community that didn't wish to be found. Information seemed scattered and the process was like a scavenger hunt or putting together a puzzle. The occasional helpful group, person, or link might lead to another, which could lead to more or hit a dead end. Some resources were more comprehensive than others, but nothing seemed to cover all the bases.
Slowly, a bigger picture of homeschooling in Hawaii began to take shape. Luckily, I was able to find a military homeschool group where I met some generous and helpful women. One of them offered an informational chat in their home on the basics of homeschooling in Hawaii. This opened the door to more resources and home educating families, so down the rabbit hole I went. Soon after, I grabbed a friend and we attended a homeschool conference with workshops that boosted our confidence and kick-started our first year of teaching our children from home.
Now, although it seems that opportunities, groups, resources, classes, activities, and homeschool families abound, I still find that easy central access to the multitude of resources and information is lacking. I've long considered creating a blog to share the useful things I come across while homeschooling here on Oahu, and while I have little time to devote to such an endeavor, I feel drawn to making it happen nonetheless. And so today it begins.
I'm a homeschooling mom of two, enjoying our time in Hawaii and hoping to share some of that experience with you, including ideas, reviews, resources, and information.