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We began homeschooling in 1985 when we lived in upstate New York. Homeschooling was uncommon in those days and homeschool support groups were unheard of. Though we lived in a large school district, we were the first family to homeschool there. Neither we nor the school principal knew much about it. We wrestled long and hard with whether this was the best thing for our oldest daughter who was entering kindergarten. We finally decided to try it and committed to one year. Fortunately, we were blessed with a principal who was very supportive. He helped us by reviewing our selection of curriculum and he even came to our home one day to observe Lori teaching Jana. That sounds crazy today, but we were happy for the help and reassurance he gave.
When Jana entered first grade, we committed to one more year of home schooling. For 30 consecutive years we evaluated what was best for each of our five children and ended up committing to one more year of homeschooling. Our oldest two homeschooled through 6th grade, then entered private school or public school for junior and senior high school. Our third daughter homeschooled through 8th grade, then went to public high school. Our son chose to homeschool all the way through his senior year and graduated with a home school diploma. Our fifth child also homeschooled through her senior year but by then homeschooling was well established and we had such a good working relationship with our local high school that she was able to pick and choose various courses to take at the public high school, most of which were actually college courses. Both Justin and Lisbeth graduated high school with nearly 30 college credits. All of our kids received nearly full-ride scholarships and did very well in college. I don’t say that too brag on us or them but to brag on home schooling when done right.
Home schooling today is nothing like it was in the 80s and 90s. For example, our older kids had no choice but to go full-time to public or private school or to homeschool full time. On the other hand, our son was allowed to play soccer on the public school junior high team, but in those days wasn’t allowed to play on the high school team unless he was a full-time public-school student. His coach tried to talk him into public school, and it was a hard decision for Justin because he loved soccer so much, but he finally chose to homeschool. By the time Lisbeth entered high school things were much different, at least in our school district. She was able to take the hardest math, science, and medical-sciences courses through the public high school while homeschooling for all of the other courses. This amounts to make the best of both worlds. Now I am bragging: She graduated as Valedictorian of Medical Sciences at her university. Home schooling had obviously prepared her well as it did our other kids.
My hat is off to my wife for 30 long years of investing in our kids’ education, character and spiritual development and our hats are off to the thousands of homeschool moms and dads who are doing the same for their kids.
Rose Bowl hosts field trips for homeschool groups that combine fun with education! Go behind the scenes and learn how a bowling alley works. Plan team-building activities to get to know your fellow homeschoolers better. Then, have some fun bowling, playing arcade games, riding bumper cars, or playing laser tag!
Rose Bowl requires at least three days advanced notice to book a package/event.
Home School Event at Rose City Bowl every Tuesday!
Join us for a fun-filled, Tuesday from 1 - 3 pm! Play Extreme Games or enjoy HyperBowling
with $5 per child and shoes are FREE, it doesn't get better than that!
Rose Bowl hosts field trips for homeschool groups that combine fun with education! Go behind the scenes and learn how a bowling alley works. Plan team-building activities to get to know your fellow homeschoolers better. Then, have some fun bowling, playing arcade games, riding bumper cars, or playing laser tag!t
We support and welcome our thriving homeschool communities. Faith-based homeschool groups are welcome at Rose Bowl. We are happy to accommodate groups of any size for activities of all sorts. Throw a class party, have a fun field trip, go bowling as a group, play laser tag, or cut loose in the arcade. We have you covered.
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