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Back in the unschool saddle!

Dear Readers,
It has been several years since I posted here. For many reasons, one of which was a big move (still in city limits I’m proud to say) and some lifestyle changes (like grandma moving in part time and a new dog, an endless stream of visitors, a new job for me and the mind numbing allure of facebook) I stopped blogging at Chicago Homeschool Habitat for awhile.Okay, a couple of years. To be honest, I didn’t think it would matter that much if I stopped. Unlike my personal blog (which I also stopped) which had a pile of committed readers, this was just a place where I put news about what is happening in the Chicago homeschooling world. I got very little feedback about it and began to wonder if it was even useful to anyone. The people who I knew who homeschooled didn’t often use it and I had to hound them to give me information about their homeschooling classes and events to post here.They used their listserves to communicate.
After two years of not thinking about it my husband noticed that this blog is getting over 33,ooo hits a month. To be certain many of those are just spambots looking for a way to infiltrate and increase sales of whatever, but when I went sifting through the hundreds of unmoderated comments today I noticed a pattern of people who wanted the homeschooling world to know about the classes they offer, and new homeschoolers who want to connect with other homeschoolers and/or homeschooling classes. So maybe I was too hasty in signing off here. I have approved any comments that seem genuine and if one of them is yours I apologize for the delay. I will spend time trying to answer each of them over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, if you are a homeschooling resource of some sort I recommend you email the details of what you are offering and how to contact you. Here is my current email address kimATkimzyn.com. Change the AT to the corresponding symbol. Trying to avoid those spambots again!

3 Responses to “Back in the unschool saddle!”

  1. on 18 Oct 2011 at 2:26 pm Christine

    I’m glad you’re back! I am trying to work up the courage to make the jump from a highly-prized spot at a Selective Enrollment Elementary School. I really would like to know what resources are out there for a first-time home-schooler.

  2. on 24 Oct 2011 at 3:36 pm Kimbac

    Christine,
    In my experience the best resource is a good homeschooling support group and Chicago has a bunch of them. Please check out the links page to discover a few of them and if you want to email me I might be able to help you figure out which group would best work for your family. kimAT kimzyn.com

  3. on 11 Jan 2012 at 2:40 am Katie

    hey, i’m an unschooling single mother of two (ages 9 and 5) and i’m glad you are posting on this blog! my kids and i are mulling over possibly moving to Chicago (where i grew up) to be close to my family, but we have amazing homeschooling community built up here in OR… seeing that there are some places we could meet people is encouraging. thanks! –katie

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