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Tweens +
Middle Schoolers

10 - 13 Years Old

Homeschooling Tweens +
Middle Schoolers

Time for the ups and downs! 

Developmentally, tweens have one foot in childhood and one foot in adolescence. They develop at different paces from one another and grow in fits and starts. Tweens need a sense of competence, industry and a belief that they are good, able, and accepted by others. Accepting themselves is the first step, and this can be a challenge when so much about the self is changing. Being a part of a kind, accepting, safe community, homeschooled tweens can feel unconditional acceptance while they wrestle with the natural physical, emotional, and relational shifts in their worlds. They need a sense of: "We've got you," and "We'll do these changes together." 

The tween years can be dramatic when children begin to look to their peers to work out their needs, not just their parental attachment bonds. Differing attachment systems in different families bump into each other and children experiment with ways to be in friendships, ways to resolve negative feelings, ways do demonstrate affection for one another. Thus communication between parents is essential.

If your child has homeschooled "from scratch," perhaps there are already friendships in place from the elementary years. If you're entering the homeschool world from another schooling environment, it can seem overwhelming to try to find friendships and avoid tween isolation that might push you back into an institutional educational environment. Joining social pods in AnySchoolers is a first step towards connection and safety with others, even if building friendships is harder with older kids. Joining in to play events where there are shared experiences (camping, paintballing, watching movies, gaming, for example) builds comradry and history between tweens (and teens)!

  • "Underground," Storling Dance Theater - Group Buy
    Feb 02, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM CST
    Kansas City, 1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
    Join us for a group buy to Storling Dance Theater’s powerful and historically accurate presentation of the Underground Railroad in the United States. Educator packet in our event details!
  • Winter Casual Recess Meetup (Loose Park, Central in the Metro)
    Feb 03, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST
    Loose Park, 5200 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112, USA
    Get fresh air and friends! Meet up with cold winter months at playgrounds with friends all over Kansas City!
  • Ernie Miller: Birds of Prey Class!
    Fri, Feb 03
    Ernie Miller Nature Center
    Feb 03, 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM
    Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North, KS-7, Olathe, KS 66061, USA
    Birds of Prey By day or by night, out of the sky flies a rodent's nightmare, the birds of prey. Using their powerful talons, beaks, and wings, they are some of nature's best hunters. Your group will see close-up live examples of these majestic raptors and their special adaptations.
  • Group Indoor Swim Meetup @ Legacy Park Community Center
    Thu, Feb 09
    Legacy Park Community Center
    Feb 09, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
    Legacy Park Community Center, 901 NE Bluestem Drive, Lee's Summit, MO 64086, USA
    Let’s go swimming! This pool includes a 141' long figure-eight water slide. Spray features, large play area, and a zero-depth beach entrance, four 20-yard lap lanes, current channel and hot tub.
  • Parkville Nature Sanctuary: Embers Forest Group!
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Feb 09
    Parkville Nature Sanctuary
    Feb 09, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Parkville Nature Sanctuary, 100 E 12 St, Parkville, MO 64152, USA
    Let's get outside! Hiking and unstructured play at Parkville Nature Sanctuary. This meetup is aimed for the 5-12 age range. Any and all outdoor adventurers are welcome!
  • Above All Trampoline Park Meet Up!
    Fri, Feb 10
    Above All Trampoline
    Feb 10, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Above All Trampoline , 1927 Industrial Dr, Liberty, MO 64068, USA
    Enjoy all of the trampolines at the park for a fun-filled time of play, laughs and exercise!
  • Valentine's Party! (Kansas City Metro)
    Membership Offer
    Tue, Feb 14
    Lakeside Nature Center Indoor Group Room
    Feb 14, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM CST
    Lakeside Nature Center Indoor Group Room, 4701 E Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64132, USA
    Open to any homeschoolers and a great pod group activity for subscribers! Make and bring a Valentine's shoebox to receive your mail, and each participating child/teen should bring Valentines for 75 children. We will provide the crafts, friends, and music.
  • Indoor Rock Climbing Single Meetup @ IBEX
    Thu, Feb 23
    IBEX Rock Climbing Gym
    Feb 23, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
    IBEX Rock Climbing Gym, 801 NW S Outer Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015, USA
    It's cold outside, but we can still play and climb inside at IBEX! AnySchoolers is meeting up at IBEX for group rock climbing. $15 day pass, $18 adult day pass on Fridays includes one child free.
  • Ernie Miller Nature Center: Embers Forest Group!
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Feb 23
    Ernie Miller Nature Center
    Feb 23, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North, KS-7, Olathe, KS 66061, USA
    Let's get outside! Hiking and unstructured play at Ernie Miller Nature Center. This meetup is aimed for the 5-12 age range. Any and all outdoor adventurers are welcome!
  • Mission KS: Pokémon Meetup!
    Fri, Feb 24
    Mission Board Games
    Feb 24, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Mission Board Games, 5606a Johnson Dr, Mission, KS 66202, USA
    Stop: Pokémon Time!
  • Adventure Club: Maple Tree Tapping Experience
    Wed, Mar 01
    Burr Oak Woods Nature
    Mar 01, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    Burr Oak Woods Nature, Blue Springs, MO 64015, USA
    Come adventure with us! Join us at Burr Oak Nature Center for a maple tree tapping experience! Children will get to experience tapping a tree for syrup, making + tasting syrup, tree identification, sap-flow science, and more!
  • Saint Patrick's Day Parade Meetup (and Recess Activity/Picnic/Restaurant Afterparty)
    Mar 17, 12:00 AM
    Location is TBD
    Let’s meet up to watch, or maybe even participate in, the parade! Details to come in October 2022!
  • Northland: Fire Station Tour with Gladstone Fire/EMS!
    Mon, Mar 20
    Gladstone Fire Station #1
    Mar 20, 10:00 AM
    Gladstone Fire Station #1, 6118 N Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, MO 64118, USA
    Join us for a Fire Station tour with Gladstone Fire / EMS! We will tour the fire station and of course check out the fire trucks-- as well as review some fire safety.
  • Spring Equinox Celebration
    Thu, Mar 23
    Cave Springs Park
    Mar 23, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
    Cave Springs Park, 8701 E Gregory Blvd, Raytown, MO 64133, USA
    Join us at Cave Springs Park for the turn of the season!
  • Spring Casual Recess Meetup (Rosedale Park, Central in the Metro)
    Mar 31, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Rosedale Park, 4100 Mission Rd, Kansas City, KS 66103, USA
    Playtime with friends at the playgrounds of the Kansas City Metro!