Mid-Peninsula Homeschoolers warmly welcomes families of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and homeschooling philosophies who love their children and wish to provide them with the best possible education. We meet in Mitchell Park, Palo Alto, every Wednesday afternoon for fun, friendship, support, networking, and information gathering.
Q. Are there any guidelines my family should know about?
A. YES! Although we are a diverse group, we do share certain core values. We ask you to read our Group Values and review them with your children before attending for the first time, to help you determine if this is the right homeschooling group for you and your family.
Q. Where is the park located?
A. Mitchell Park is in Palo Alto at the intersection of East Meadow Drive and Middlefield Avenue. Please enter the parking lot on East Meadow Drive. Click here for a map.
Q. What facilities are available at Mitchell Park?
A. This 21.4 acre park is adjacent to Mitchell Park Library and has shuffleboard courts, checker/chess tables, seven tennis courts, two paddle tennis courts, four handball courts, jogging trails, picnic areas with barbecues, a multi-use concrete bowl ], a small water play feature, conventional playgrounds for toddlers and children, the Magical Bridge Playground, a large dog park, and three buildings with restrooms.
Q. How old are the children who attend this park day? Where do they live?
A. Our children currently range in age from less than a year to eighteen years. Children of any age are welcome! Participants live in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
Q. When does everyone arrive? When does everyone leave?
A. Families arrive as early as noon and continue arriving until about 3 PM. Some leave as early as 3:30 PM and others stay until sunset. Please feel free to arrive and leave when it is convenient for your family!
Q. What does everyone do?
A. The children play, while the parents supervise their children, socialize, and exchange information and ideas.
Q. What should I bring?
A. All year: lunch or snacks and drinks, sand toys, riding toys for young children, balls, frisbees, jump ropes and other playground equipment, and a chair or blanket for the adult to sit on. In warm weather: sunscreen and sunhats, and a towel and change of clothing for any child who wants to enjoy the water feature. The water feature is usually on from May through September.
Q. What should I leave at home?
A. Nuts, because some children in our group have severe allergic reactions. Weapons, even toy ones. Please note that FanWar runs a Wednesday League and summer camps in Mitchell Park at the same time as our group. If your child is interested in weapon play, that's the place to be! The FanWar calendar can be found here.
Q. What happens when it rains?
A. We never cancel park day! Some families choose to go to the park if there are intermittent showers, some stay at home, and still others will organize trips to indoor playgrounds.
Q. Do you organize field trips or classes for the children in the group?
A. No. Our participants have such diverse educational
needs that it is impossible to organize activities that will interest
everyone. Instead, we recommend that you subscribe to the
following Yahoo Groups to find suitable activities for your family, and
invite like-minded friends to join you:
Q. It's a big park! How can I find the group?
A. Please contact rita(at)midpeninsulahomeschoolers(dot)org. For questions about homeschooling, please visit The HomeSchool Association of California.