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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)!

  • THURSDAY: Group Meetup at Powell Gardens
    Jun 01, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
    Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO 64061, USA
    A self guided tour of the many gardens. Feel free to pack a lunch, and we can picnic together. There's a beautiful glass chapel for photos and architectural inspiration!
  • THURSDAY: Burr Oaks Nature Center: Embers Forest Group
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Jun 01
    Burr Oaks Nature Center
    Jun 01, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Burr Oaks Nature Center, Blue Springs, MO 64015, USA
    Let's get outside! Hiking and unstructured play at the Burr Oaks Nature Center. This meetup is aimed for the 5-12 age range. Any and all outdoor adventurers are welcome!
  • FRIDAY: Mission KS Pokémon Meetup!
    Fri, Jun 02
    Mission Board Games
    Jun 02, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Mission Board Games, 5606a Johnson Dr, Mission, KS 66202, USA
    You know the drill! A time for all things Pokémon! Trading cards, Pokémon Battles and exchanging Pokémon Go information!
  • MONDAY: Messy Art & Science - East
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Jun 05
    Lee McKeighan Park South Shelter
    Jun 05, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Lee McKeighan Park South Shelter , 125 NE Chipman Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64063, USA
    Join us to get messy exploring art and science while enjoying the outdoors with friends!
  • THURSDAY: Parkville Nature Sanctuary: Embers Forest Group
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Jun 08
    Parkville Nature Sanctuary
    Jun 08, 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. Any and all outdoor adventurers are welcome!
  • FRIDAY: Spring Casual Recess Meetup (Black Hoof Park, West in the Metro)
    Jun 09, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Lenexa, 9095 Monticello Rd, Lenexa, KS 66220, USA
    Playtime with friends at the playgrounds of the Kansas City Metro!
  • MONDAY: Messy Art & Science - North
    Multiple Dates