“Right now there are about fifty families in the Rim Country that are homeschooling,” said Homeschool Support Group Lead Coordinator Kim Ballam, a position she shares with with Meg Smith. Ballam and several other homeschooling moms meet every other Friday during the school months at Mountain Bible Church to discuss mentoring those interested in homeschooling and providing quality playtime.
The Homeschool Group provides many opportunities for local moms and kids. Ballam said that a year ago Mountain Bible offered its facility so homeschool moms and kids can get to know each other.
While the moms meet, the kids have a planned activity. While the kids are having fun, the “moms will take turns sharing different things that they’ve learned along the way to help homeschooling work better for them,” said Ballam.
Recently, the Tonto Community Concert Association invited the homeschoolers to attend its concerts. “We are trying to get more opportunities … whether it’s athletic, music, art or serving,” said Ballam. Many homeschoolers also take advantage of events and classes hosted by the Payson Public Library and the Pine Library.
“There’s a strong community support,” said Ballam.
Last Friday, the Homeschool Group had its “end of the year party.” The group will continue bi-monthly meetings after Labor Day. However, it has four fun summer events planned for both the moms and kids. Anyone interested can contact Kim Ballam at: 5kids5pets @gmail.com.
“A lot of them [the moms] have little ones … I see it as something positive — they can come when they’re able. We’re going to continue to provide real family-oriented activities to get our relationships closer together,” offered Ballam.