Homeschoolers from around the world arrived back home today following a wonderful week of homeschooling fun and attachment parenting socializing. The homeschoolers met online over an AP Homeschooling list and became fast friends. This year marks the second annual Jamboree held just outside Lincoln Nebraska, in the small town of Hickman. Attendees camped out on floors, air mattresses, tents in the back yard and in local hotels. Field trips were organized to Morrill Hall, Pioneer's Park Nature Center, Lincoln Children's Zoo, The Children's Museum, the State Capitol Building, the Sunken Gardens, local playgrounds and local lakes where participants searched for ( and found ) fossils. An Atlatl throwing lesson was thoroughly enjoyed by all however the balloon "ducks" were rarely in any danger!
Many of the attendees had not previously met each other in real life, having only an online relationship up to that point, but found an instant bond. Parenting stories were shared, curriculum swapped, children played together, rode bikes, played Wii, card games, computer games, much tea was consumed and cookies, chocolate and pasta. The nights were long and conversations rarely slowed. Fast friends were made and email addresses, phone numbers and mailing addresses were written down and taken to heart.
As the Jamboree wound down and everyone started to head back home thoughts were already turning towards next year's gathering. Mark your calendars!