July 23, 2010

Homeschooling

It is not rocket science to teach your child. You do not need any fancy degree to qualify for the position of “educator” in your child’s life. What you do need is a little patience and a lot of love. Think about it, at the end of the week, you will not receive a check for the hours you put in. You won’t get the standard holidays off. But the outcome, the fruit of your labor is priceless. And best of all the only children you will deal with are your own.


I chose, and I use the words “I chose” loosely because it was a decision that my husband and I made together; so we chose to homeschool our children because we wanted to give them the best education possible. And no, just because the tuition at your child’s school is absurdly high, it does not mean they are being well educated. We wanted to make sure that our children were taught what they needed to learn and at the same time could comprehend what they were learning. We sought to give them the undivided attention that every child needs in all subjects. Each child learns differently and we wanted our kids to learn in an atmosphere that was conducive for each of their different styles of learning.

Homeschooling is simple, as long as you do your homework. You need to make sure you know your state’s laws and requirements. It is recommended to join HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association), they are there to assist you with any legal problems you may run into in regards to your homeschooling your child. Their website is www.HSLDA.org here you can also find information on your state’s rules and regulations.

You are required to submit a “letter of intent”. In this letter you are simply stating that you plan to home school your child for the upcoming school year. Be as vague as possible. Simply state your name, child’s name and D.O.B. and the grade they will be entering in. You will mail this letter to your State’s Department of Education Homeschooling division. There is usually a head person that you specifically mail it to. This should be mailed Priority, with a return receipt. (If you desire the info for NY, send me a message and I will gladly pass it to you)

They in return they will mail you a manila envelope full of goodies which includes your IHIP, quarterly reports, and metrocard application as well as the laws and regulations.

You will fill out and mail your IHIP (Individual Homeschooling Instruction Plan) listing the texts and/or resources you plan to use for each subject for each child. In the same envelope you can place the metrocard application for both Fall and Spring semesters. Again this should be mailed priority! Make sure to photocopy everything!

The required # of hours for “supervised instruction” is 255+. 

Make sure to mail out your quarterly reports on time!!

As for curriculum, hmmm, this is totally up to you, but here are the companies I use.

I am what is considered in the homeschooling circles as “various” because I don’t stick to one company, but I use something from many.

http://www.abeka.com/   http://www.sonlight.com/

Susan Wise Bauer / Jessie Wise (mother and daughter) History, Writing and Grammar. Their products can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/  http://www.overstock.com/  http://www.ebay.com/

Your local library and museums are great.
The internet is a wonderful resource as well, tons of printable pages for all grades, as well as activities and lessons tha students can do online.

Luv you all and hope this gives you a good direction to begin in.

1 comment:

hwjohnson said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on homeschooling and for recommending www.HSLDA.org I will have to check them out.

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