Maleasha - posted on 09/05/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




I've noticed in a couple of threads that there are a couple of moms that homeschool. My daughter will be starting kindergarten next year and as of right now I'm scared to let her walk into public school. I'm wondering if there are certain guidelines and how it works?


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Katy - posted on 09/12/2009




I was homeschooled as a child, and really enjoyed it! I have 4 siblings, so there was always someone near to help you or for you to help. We also went to the YMCA every so often for "PE" with other homeschoolers -- I believe they had a program set up for us. :)

Cyndi - posted on 09/11/2009




Maleasha my husband and I decided to homeschool our son this year since he was supposed to be starting Middle School and we were afraid to send him to a public one, but couldn't afford a private one. We enrolled him in Mountain View Christian Homeschooling Program and it's only $80 a month during the school year which covers everything. There are also no textbooks to buy. They send the assingment workbooks in the mail, your child completes them and sends them back for the school to grade. Check out their website They will send you a welcome packet. P.S. When you add up the cost of lunches and school supplies, this school is much cheaper. Good Luck!

Ronda - posted on 09/10/2009




I have homeschooled now for eight years. I have found that it really depends on the personality of the parent and child what works best. I have used ABeka, and loved it, but found the cost too expensive for my family. I now school my children with California Virtual Academy. I love it. I work with a great teacher, and the school provides most all of your supplies. You are required to keep track of attendance because it is a "public school", but for us it has been great. I really love the ready made lesson plans, and the organization. The public school may be reluctant to help, but it does not hurt to ask. Best of luck. I hope you find what works well for you!!

Dawn - posted on 09/10/2009




Does your school have a homeschool plus program? Its where you go thru a school district for the program but you pick the teaching program but have the backing of teachers to help you. They give you a budget to buy the stuff and for field trips. A friend of mine was able to take her daughter to Seattle for the Lion King and it was all payed for. Oh and they meet up once a week at a small school. The class rooms are the old fasion way. Mixed grades. You are then able to get help on how to teach something if you are having trouble.

Another one is called A Becka. Its a christian homeschool program and you can doing it all yourself or they have it where your child works via DVD or online with a teacher. You can go to their website for more info.

On last thing there is a community for home schooling and they can give you more info. I'm planning on doing it next year. Do to my son needs some speech therapy this year, he is getting to go to Kindergarden. But next year I'm planning to home school him and adventually my two girls too.

Maleasha - posted on 09/07/2009




Unfortunately, I live in a small community and there is no charter school here, but I am lucky enough to have a couple of friends who are thinking about homeschooling their kids too. We were thinking about getting our kids together, that way they have some socialization. Thanks for the info.

Jennifer - posted on 09/07/2009




I have been homeschooling since my oldest started Kinder and she will be starting 9th grade tomorrow... It is a wonderful experience...

I would start by looking into your options... do you want to completely do it alone or do you want more of a charter school option... these options vary by state... In CA, there were actuall brick & mortar buildings where the kids could attend some classes and get more of a school social experience but the bulk of the schooling was done at home...

Once we moved to MN we were at it alone, which gave us a lot more flexibility but was very costly as you have to buy all of your curriculum... however there are some great ones out there like abeka and Switched on school house (SOS), which i love... and you can save some money by buying it on ebay... this year we discovered the Minnisota Virtual Academy and have enrolled all 4 of our kids in this... its an online charter school with field trips... the curriculum is all free and we even got school computers for the kids... and the program is accredited which means my HS student will aactually graduate... I think this is a great homeschooling option... If this is something you are interested in then I would check out to see if it is offered in your state... otherwise contact your district and get all the needed homeschooling forms... HTH


Heidi - posted on 09/06/2009




Depends on the state. We live in GA, and are beginning our daughter with homeschool this year and didn't have to do anything with the state or Board of Ed. I do think that if she has begun school here and then we pulled her out to change to homeschool that we would have had to do the letter to the board of Ed or something.

Gina - posted on 09/06/2009




I started mine this year, my oldest is going into 6th grade, then I have a 3rd grader, and a kindergardener, and a 2 1/2 yr. old. I just called the school and told them they were homeschooling for now on. My son is doing an online private school, and my daughter and other son I got curriculum from Abeka. It gets pretty expensive, but I think I got too much stuff since this is all new.

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oops... if you have a charter school in the district all you have to do is get in contact with them and enroll your daughter. The letter to the superintendant is only if you do not have a charter school in the area. Sorry. :-)

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Hi Maleasha! It has been six years since I home schooled my oldest. Basically you have to contact the school district with a letter. Dear (school superindentant), I desire to home school my child. She will be starting Kindergarten in (YEAR). Please send me the information and any necessary documentation I will need to comply with the (STATE) education laws. Thanks (Your Name) Be sure to be as formal as possible with proper letter heading. You get the gist. They will send you what you need back. It is relatively painless. If your area has a charter school, they are absolutely invaluable. You'll have social and educational access. I started home schooling my son in CA and we loved the charter school. I was given any materials I needed to help teach him. It was also the best place for children to make friends with others who are home schooled. Then we moved to NY, a rural area, and started home schooling through their district. There are no charter schools in my area, so I was spending a lot of money to get resources. Then when he started 7th grade, he wanted to go to school as he lacked the social aspect. The good thing is that the school is small, it has prek-12 in the same building. It has a huge Christian community base in attendance. My son did extremely well! He's the brightest kid I know... I am prejudice. :-) God bless you and your family. Enjoy the journey with your little cuties (love your profile pic).

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