What regional areas may join APPLE?
APPLE does not limit membership via regional location.
Members are currently from the Long Island, NY City, and Upstate areas.
We are a local and regional support group.
What is the age group of the children
Children & Teens of all ages are what make up A.P.P.L.E.'s
& Homeschool Group began as a homeschool group for children 6 and
under. It has grown as the children grew! Some have already graduated!
(However, we still acknowledge that young children like to learn, and
As is common with homeschoolers, we don't believe in "age
segregation at A.P.P.L.E. functions."
Note: the terms "Children"
and "Teens" are used interchangeably on this website.
I bring my child/children to APPLE meetings?
YES! Children are welcome at ALL APPLE functions!
Does APPLE have functions that
are "Parent's Only?"
No, we do not have" Parent's Only" functions. APPLE's
central purpose is for the children, and family atmosphere. For example,
APPLE is planning a "Resource Day." At such time, children are welcome.
If children do not wish to come with their parents to this function, parents
are permitted to attend unaccompanied :-)
Does APPLE have programs that are
for "Children Only" to attend?
No. APPLE's central function is for the children, and in
a family atmosphere. APPLE is planning on having educational gatherings
for the children, however, APPLE parents stay with their children, participating
and taking an active role with their children.
What is meant by "family"
setting? Does this mean that both parents must attend? How do you define a
No. It does not mean that both must attend. A "Family" is an adult, and
child, who care for one another and are a, well, family! Whether
that is two adults and ten children, or two adults and one child, or
one adult and ten children, or one adult and one child. In fact, two
adults make a family, don't they? However, this is a homeschooling
group :) So, for our purposes, and since children/teens are our
focus, they are our definition.
What is meant by "family
setting," is that ALL A.P.P.L.E. functions (with the exception
of those out of our control - e.g., a museum offering a class - and in
those cases, we encourage parents to speak up to be included or allowed to
attend) include parents and children/teens, without separation.
There are no coffee clutches. No parents in one area and children in
another. In this way, NO ONE is ostracized, left out, uncomfortable,
or forced to separate! There are many children (teens also) who are
not comfortable being apart from their parents (likewise, parents who are
not comfortable being apart from their children). There is NOTHING
wrong with this. There are many opportunities, if families so
choose, to have separate outings. There are few that keep families
In fact, we have found that by meeting this need, children
become stronger, and more confident, when their needs are met. We've had
many members who have experienced this first hand.
While every family is different, we merely ask that
members respect this aspect of A.P.P.L.E., at A.P.P.L.E. functions.
Is APPLE inclusive, or exclusive?
APPLE is inclusive; meaning that there are no specific criteria
stipulating membership. We do, however, have certain "conduct"
rules at APPLE. The central rule being, "Children are to be treated
with courtesy and respect at all times during APPLE functions and/or gatherings."
We ask everyone to treat one another, as they themselves
hope to be treated. We hope everyone's little lights shine!
Where do APPLE members meet?
APPLE offers local and regional support. Members meet in a variety of
places. Currently, there are Long Island and NYC meetings, with contacts
in Upstate New York. Members from all locations are invited to all functions.
Trips to NJ also take place, along with other functions.
APPLE seeks to unite families throughout our Regions, who
share the APPLE's focus, and to increase the networking relationships
for our children! Planning is taken as necessary, so families can meet
and travel to various functions.
How do I become a member?
There is no membership dues to join APPLE. A parents heart
for their child is all that is needed to become a member of APPLE!
Contact APPLE for information
on how you can get involved! We look forward to hearing from you!
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