Our answer: We've got it covered. There are so many free, fun opportunities in our area, there is no need for a formal preschool experience just to ensure our kids are "socialized". The kids can spend time with other children while we enjoy witnessing their growth, giggles and learning and that is a privilege we are so thankful for!
Case in point: On a local homeschooling yahoogroup recently, we responded to a pre-k play-and-learning group post. Then, last week, we went on our first field trip to join in the group. It was fabulous!
NRP Sheep Pasture, where Momma-conversation and kiddo-fun flowed freely in a safe, stunning setting on a gorgeous autumn day. Picnicking. Chasing fowl. Hiking. Feeding goats. Seeing sheep. Playing with sticks. Sharing storytime on a large boulder with the book Changes by Marjorie N. Allen and Shelley Rotner (which we happened to pick up earlier that day at library storyhour -- another free fun-and-learning thing we regularly participate). Exploring nature, particularly one big stump the kids engaged in studying together. And, Luke's favorite, fall fishing for algae in a little pond... Truly, it was a perfect afternoon spent with a group of folks we are more than pleased to have our kids socialize with at a location we would not know existed if it weren't for homeschooling. Can't beat that!
Homeschool or not, what are some of your favorite places and activities for socialization and field trips? Do share!