There was Irish dancing, a musical petting zoo, robotics and Lego a plenty.
The gym at Kingstec in Kentville was full of activity on April 25 when the third annual Homeschool Expo was underway.
Organizing parent Alisa Nguyen there was a good turn out from the Valley families who homeschool about 350 children.
Fifteen-year-old Charity Conrad of Nictaux said homeschooled students tend to hang out together.
“We’re more old fashioned. As Christians, I think being at public school would be harder.”
Nguyen says approximately half of the homeschoolers do so for religious reasons. Other parents tend to see the freedom to explore educational topics that interest their children as an advantage.
With her eight-year-old daughter and six-year-old son, she said, “if we want to go full force on fractions, we can do that, in baking and other aspects.”
According to the Canning mother, there are a high number of supports for homeschooling in this region and “community is really important. That’s what we’re celebrating today.”
Homeschoolers do not receive any financial support from the province. “We’re not looking for it either,” Nguyen says.
They do receive curriculum input and other resources, along with the responsibility to report in September and June.
She said the event was a good opportunity for others to see what homeschooling involves and the Nova Scotia Community College was gracious to host it. The expo was held previously in Middleton and Berwick.
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