Hi all, a Colorado homeschooler here!
Unfortunately, the hs atmosphere here is primarily religious, but we have found a couple of secular (not specifically atheist though) meet-up groups.
I'm a second generation hs-er. My son was having problems with ps failing him, not to mention that he was being bullied (gotta love those "no tolerance" for violence schools - not). Since we started my son is doing better in all subjects (thriving on science) and a much happier person. I always offer him the option to return to school, but so far he has no desire for that.
I'm homeschooling in Amarillo TX. The local support group is EXTREMELY religious. We'd been homeschooling in Ohio for years before moving back to Texas, and I was very active with the groups there, but when I got the packet to join the one here, they had items in their calendar like "Teaching your daughters submission" and "Science in the Bible". Needless to say, that didn't happen. I've been a homeschooling loner for four years now. I don't think I could do it without the internet.
We have just decided to homeschool our 11 yr old daughter. I had to do my research and weigh the pros vs. cons; lol..we skipped praying about it, however, we needed to be sure we are making the best decision for our daughter. I'm hoping to meet more atheists parents that choose to homeschool.
We do! Although we're at the tail end. Our eldest just graduated last year, but has decided to upgrade to "advanced" math and work a little on the side. And our second boy is going to graduate this year.
Funny story, we didn't start off as "Atheist" homeschoolers (don't care what my spellcheck says, is to a word). With all the BS religious homeschooling out there, my eldest son became an atheist before me (^_^). He's a thinker.
I homeschool our two boys (5 and 2). I studied education for about 4 years and just couldn't stand the thought of my children in a public school. Our five year old is gifted (handling work most 1st graders can't do, even though the public school system refused to even speak with us until next year). Their loss thankfully! I started a secular group in our area (we are military living overseas), but it became over run with lazy theists who just joined because the Christian homeschool group charged dues and required participation. I recently ended the group since the stress of it wasn't worth what little the boys and I could get out of it. Now I'm trying to find like minded folks so I know we aren't completely alone.
When we decided to have kids, we also decided how they would be taught and that was by homeschooling. As usual, things don't always work out like we plan and after Jacob's accident it became blatantly clear that the public school could give him more than I could. The funding and skills of the public school system for disabled kids is lacking in many areas but it still far surpasses anything we could do, so off he went.
Then we decided to buy a house and have another kid. It took a year to find the right house in the right school district but we finally did three years ago. We put her in Pre-K and it was great, well good enough I thought. Then she started Kindergarten this year. She is doing well according to their standards but not to mine. But really what I getting at with this is something else.
A few months ago we got word that her school is being re-districted and she will be going to a school on the other side of town that is CRAP. So, we've talked to her teacher and decided that she can finish out the year at her school and we will spend the rest of the year getting ready for the transition to homeschool. YIKES! I'm terrified to say the least but I'm really glad to see fellow atheist homeschoolers out there!
Stephanie, you can do it! If you don't know already, you can call or email me anytime and I'll help you in any way that I can. I bet Kate and Lisa would say the same. There's a lot of great support in our area, and a really welcoming online group for secular homeschoolers in Atlanta. Check out the CHE-NGA Yahoo group. We're all on there!