What we're about
What is DFW Unschooling All About?
DFW Unschooling Families is a social group that includes unschoolers as well as homeschoolers who regularly meet for exploration, fun and adventure. Our members are parents, grandparents, and caregivers of younger and older children. We routinely meet at a variety of locations throughout the metroplex for personal connections, lots of play, and thought-provoking discussion.
At present the vast majority of children in our group are under 13 years old. Our group's activities and events are geared toward children between the ages of 2-12. If you are in search of a group for homeschooled or unschooled tweens or teens, we recommend the North Texas Homeschooled Teen Social group (outside of Meetup, but online).
DFW Unschooling Families has a long history of connecting like-minded families. For those who feel Unschoolers are a misunderstood subset of the homeschooling subculture, then this is the group for you!
There are no dues or fees for membership in our DFW Unschooling Families group. Group organizers cover Meetup operating expenses. This permits families who are curious about unschooling to explore and mingle with our community and decide if this path is a good fit.
We ask new members to attend at least one meetup within two months of joining our group. Keep in mind that different members attend different events, depending on date and location. Not all 150+ members convene at the same event, so you may make friends with families at one meetup and then meet entirely new families at the next event. In short, you may attend meetups as often or as infrequently as fits your schedule and/or the needs of your family. However, active member participation is key to maintaining a strong homeschooling community - if enjoy our group, we hope you will come as often as you can.
Please, NO "No-Shows". Communication and commitment is necessary for a group to function well. Therefore, we ask all members to honor their RSVP commitment. In other words, simply show up when you RSVP "yes" and if you can't attend (happens!) please update your RSVP ASAP or leave a comment if you are running especially late (happens!). That way no one is wasting time trying to hunt down someone who never showed up. Children and parents both can be very disappointed when someone they looked forward to seeing or meeting never showed up when they said they would.
We know it takes effort and courage to join a group of folks you've never met before. That's why group organizers and event hosts are committed to showing up, being as punctual as possible, and making new folks feel welcome (while also caring for our own families). We simply ask that in turn, members honor their commitments and promptly communicate any change in plans out of respect for everyone.
Where Can I Meet You?
Meetups are primarily held in Dallas, Plano, and Ft. Worth. Group organizers are responsible for scheduling Meetups. The Meetup locations generally include area museums, recreation centers, and local parks. Event hosts and organizers select public meeting places (no private residences) at locations and dates most practical/convenient for those who regularly attend.
You'll find that the families who attend MeetUps will vary depending on the location, day, or season. In other words, not all 150+ members show up to every event. There are core member families who attend regularly but most folks come to events that are close to home &/or on dates that fit into their work, co-op, activity or travel schedule. For instance, you might meet one group of families at an event in Cowtown on Monday and then meet an entirely different group of folks at a Dallas museum on Thursday.
How Often Do You Meet?
Often! We usually meet twice a week or more and occasionally on weekends. The majority of Meetups occur at 11am or later: in our experience it is difficult for unschoolers to convene before noon. Furthermore, most museums host school groups in the morning or early afternoon so we arrive by late afternoon to avoid big crowds.
How Can I Contact You?
Contact the organizers (Julie or Amy) using the email link in the toolbar. Feel free to send us your questions, suggestions, Meetup ideas, and feedback.
Our group as a whole has no opinion on which homeschooling path is the best for all children. Unschooling approaches vary from person to person and may be different for each family (or each individual child). We support the right of each family to individually determine what works best for his or her family. Our group includes members who describe themselves as eclectic homeschoolers, radical unschoolers and many others in between. No matter which homeschooling style, we all strive to create homes rich with loving connection, respect for one another, access to real-world resources and experiences. If this sounds like you, come join us!