All the while the kids are slowly growing solid, respectful connections with each other and the teachers. That is what was missing from our home ed. The reliability of meeting with the same group every week. Building that community, more than friends, they are co-learners/colleagues. It is not what I think Emma was missing coming out of a school environment - because I feel that this interaction is often forced/lip service in schools - but it has greatly enhanced her learning experience out of school.
It is more than ’social’. It is different to developing friendships (home ed kids have friends as you know!) it is the opportunity to learn in a regular group, finding a wide range of subjects, and slowing building solid connections.
We would consider our approach to home-ed as ’semi-structured’ and I think that the Fridays would appeal to so many like us, and probably the ‘unschooled’ approach too, well everyone really!