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40isthebetter20
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Hi All! I was wondering if there were any homeschooling groups on STX? We're looking at moving to the island in a year or two (post PMV) and just wanted to see if any homeschoolers got together or if there were any tutorials available? 

I'm not necessarily looking for people using the same curriculum, just that they are schooling at home instead of a traditional school.  

I would personally think STX would be an incredible place for outdoor tutorials! 

Maybe if there aren't any currently, I could always start one if there is a need?  

Thank you all so much! 

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Topic starter Posted : August 11, 2020 2:10 pm
stjohnjulie
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I suggest looking on Facebook for different groups.  I'm not sure if there is a specific homeschool STX facebook page, but there are probably pages for moms or parents.  I know there is a mom page for STJ which is a great way for moms to connect and share info and goods.   You will also want to register your child or children with the VI department of education as being homeschooled once you are here.  I'm pretty sure you can find that form on their website.  

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Posted : August 12, 2020 3:57 am
homeschoollady
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Please join Us Virgin Islands We Homeschool and Home Educate VI-Hub on Facebook

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Posted : September 8, 2020 3:22 pm
JulianMcGrath
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Is home school the best option?

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Posted : May 7, 2021 11:34 am
40isthebetter20
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@julianmcgrath

In general-That totally depends on the family. Homeschooling is a very personal choice and a commitment that only you can decide to go through with. 

If you're asking about the island in general- the public schools (from what I hear) are very under funded and many are still being rebuilt after the hurricanes. The majority of children are on the free or reduced lunch/ financially assisted program.  Most stateside people (also info gathered from here and convos with people I know thru FB on the island) who elect to put their kids into schools opt for private schooling on the island. The private schools are closer to the caliber of education you'd find on the mainland. (again- that's what's been communicated here. Don't shoot the messenger people. lol) 

We're still stateside currently but I've been researching this move for about 11-12 years now. LOL

Hubs is on board now and we're just waiting for our much older parents.... well, you know. Estate sales when the time comes and all... 

We personally choose to homeschool due to unnecessary covid restrictions placed on children and an inability for our own local school system (which is one of the best in the country) to get it together. Our school superintendent is making up his own rules and his seat has been threatened to be challenged many times.

Regardless, no matter where we live we'd homeschool because of the freedoms it provides. I have no idea what covid restrictions look like in schools there but in our opinion they're unnecessary so we just won't bother with them. Homeschooling is one of the great things the pandemic gave us as a family. At first I was terrified and didn't think I would be able to do it, and now I'll never go back unless she decides she wants to go back to school. I also work full time and I'm building a business so if you're dedicated to being successful at it, anyone can do it. Even if you have early readers like I do. 

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Topic starter Posted : May 7, 2021 12:48 pm
Knowlesstak
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We just moved to St Croix this week, and we are home schooling our children. We may not do home school later during the High school level years. That’s what we did for our older children, and it worked out great. 

One of the biggest negatives of home schooling is the lack of social interactions. 

That’s why being involved in groups, church, and sports is great for homeschoolers. 

I think it is an excellent idea for fellow homeschoolers to get together every once in a while. It’s great for the kids to see other kids, but it is just as important for other parents to be able to talk to other parents to. 

Once we get settled in we will start looking at  Facebook. 

Outdoor tutorials are great. We call them field trips!!  Even our older kids did outdoor learning all the time at the private school we put them in later on. They loved it. 

I think it’s a great idea. 

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Posted : May 8, 2021 6:17 am
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Alana33
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@40isthebetter20

Your comment:

 "We personally choose to homeschool due to unnecessary covid restrictions placed on children and an inability for our own local school system (which is one of the best in the country) to get it together. Our school superintendent is making up his own rules and his seat has been threatened to be challenged many times."

 Leaves me thinking that perhaps the VI may not be the best place for you to relocate as the majority of places still have mandatory mask wearing policies in effect, including air travel and proof of negative covid test results upon arrival in VI.

 

 

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Posted : May 11, 2021 2:41 pm
JulianMcGrath
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Posted by: @40isthebetter20

@julianmcgrath

In general-That totally depends on the family. Homeschooling is a very personal choice and a commitment that only you can decide to go through with. 

If you're asking about the island in general- the public schools (from what I hear) are very under funded and many are still being rebuilt after the hurricanes. The majority of children are on the free or reduced lunch/ financially assisted program.  Most stateside people (also info gathered from here and convos with people I know thru FB on the island) who elect to put their kids into schools opt for private schooling on the island. The private schools are closer to the caliber of education you'd find on the mainland. (again- that's what's been communicated here. Don't shoot the messenger people. lol) 

We're still stateside currently but I've been researching this move for about 11-12 years now. LOL

Hubs is on board now and we're just waiting for our much older parents.... well, you know. Estate sales when the time comes and all... 

We personally choose to homeschool due to unnecessary covid restrictions placed on children and an inability for our own local school system (which is one of the best in the country) to get it together. Our school superintendent is making up his own rules and his seat has been threatened to be challenged many times.

Homeschooling is going great for my kids. I was scared of doing it at first, but I couldn't be bothered with the Covid-19 pandemic problems anymore.
Now I feel like it was the best option I could choose. Kids love it, they get excited about it, and I think they're more interested in the things they're learning now.
I want them to like what we're doing, but it's not all fun and games. You have to get serious about it too. We're doing 2nd grade reading passages for our next lesson. You should still follow their curriculum to make sure they're learning the right things. It's going well so far.

Thank you kindly for this answer!

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Posted : May 14, 2021 1:21 am
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