before coming to
welcome you to attend the monthly homeschool meetings of our
group, LCCEA (Lower Columbia Christian Education Assn.) Our
"vision statement" is to "encourage, refresh, edify
and equip homeschooling parents as they seek and follow God for
the education of their children." To this end, we do not
allow distracting children in our meetings. We have provided
childcare for children of all ages:
There is a nursery for babies/children ages 5 and under.
There are class and craft times for children 5 through 15.
The 5~15 group will be divided into two groups: "5~9ish"
and "10 and up." There will be a craft and a lesson
going on in two rooms at same time. The first group goes from 7 to
8, and the second from 8:05ish to 9, with the 2 groups switching
activities half-way through the evening.
who don't feel comfortable leaving their kids in the children's
classes we ask to work out other arrangements for their children,
such as with grandparents, a sitter at home, etc.
of us have been to meetings where noisy or "visible"
children keep those present from fully being able to enjoy and get
the most out of the meeting. This problem seems to be particularly
common among homeschoolers who are very "pro-children" ~
as are those of us on the LCCEA board;
we are all homeschooling
do not want to be offensive or hurtful to anyone, but in order to
provide a meeting that is refreshing to the group as a whole, and
one that makes leading the meeting as easy as possible for
that position, we have come to the place where, if a child is
being at all distracting, we expect the parent to promptly remove
the child from the room. (By "distracting" we mean "able to be
heard or seen" which would include not only crying, but also
fussing, whispering, playing, walking or crawling around, etc.)
it becomes obvious that we have different views of what exactly is
"distracting," one of the leaders of the group will ~
kindly, and as discreetly as possible ~ ask you to remove your
child from the room… not because we don't love you
or your child, or because we enjoy embarrassing
people, or because we want you to miss out on the meeting,
but because we have a responsibility to those who have given up an
evening of their lives to join us, as well as to those who are
serving the group by leading the meeting. None of us relish this
responsibility, so we hope you will be sensitive to this and act