Story and photo by Jill Jolly
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office
Families headed to the Tony Bass Fitness Center May 10 to learn more about homeschooling.
The Kaleidoscope Homeschool Fair showcased the work of homeschooled students in everything from the fine arts and humanities to science.
“A lot of homeschool kids don’t get public recognition for their accomplishments. So this is a good way to build up their self-esteem,” said Christy Denman, who homeschools two of her children.
Homeschool student Audrey Cronquist, 9, presented a project titled “Flags of the World,” which were made with Legos. “It’s cool to see everyone’s things and how creative they are,” she said.
A group of students presented a performing arts presentation; some students played the piano and violin; and dancers were also featured.
During the fair the people were able to sell or purchase items at the curriculum sale. There were also door prizes provided by the Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club.
“It was a way to get the families together to show what they have been doing,” said coordinator Kelly Phipps.
Peter Witmer, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden school liaison officer, estimated that there are between 100 and 150 families who homeschool their children in the Wiesbaden military community.
While there is no requirement for Status of Forces Agreement individuals to register their children with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe or USAG Wiesbaden to homeschool them, Witmer encouraged home school families to use accredited curriculum and to monitor state requirements.
For more information about homeschooling visit www.hslda.org/laws. To find out more about a local homeschooling group that meets regularly visit the Wiesbaden Homeschool page on Facebook.