Our kids have received some great opportunities that would likely not have been afforded them if they were in a traditional school setting. Our kids have real science lab with a top-notch teacher through our high school co-op. My understanding is that many of the best high schools no longer allow a real lab experience, due to concerns about injury and litigation. Our middle school kids have learned HTML and PHP computer programming through one of the moms in our homeschool group. Our kids have attended modesty and chivalry workshops and had the opportunity to become friends with priests.
One awesome experience has been an invitation to Anna Marie and some of her homeschooled friends--all middle schoolers--to join in the creation of a weekly podcast through Relevant Radio, our local Catholic radio station. The kids are three weeks into the process and did their first demo podcast on Wednesday. It is looking like the podcast is likely to get picked up for a Saturday morning slot. If that goes well, there is even a chance it could be carried live on a weekly basis. Now how many middle schoolers do you know who get to create a "by kids for kids" podcast that may become a live radio show?
Here are Anna Marie (in light blue sweater with white short sleeves) and friends in the Relevant Radio studio where they are getting to try their hand at everything from production, to audio, to DJ'ing... You've gotta love homeschooling!