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|Posted on June 24, 2017 at 4:57 PM||comments (114)|
So you have decided to homeschool. What should you do first?
Most of you will want to file the Private School Affidavit. This entitles you
to start homeschooling. You are now the administrator/teacher. Certain
subjects are mandated, such as reading, math, social studies and science, but you do have a lot of freedom with this choice of homeschool.
Record keeping requires keeping a copy of the completed Private
School Affidavit, an attendance record, and information on the "teacher" which does not involve holding a teaching credential, but only to be
"capable of teaching". Also a plan for the course of study being taught.
With this option, you simply notify the previous school of what you are doing. If your child attended a public or private school, you can request their records. This is done by writing a letter from you (your school) to the prior school, requesting the school records. Be sure the name yourself as the child's administrator because you want your child's file at that school closed, which will not happen if you exercise your right to a parental copy. A new law went into effect on January 1, 2013 requiring states to forward a pupil's permanent record or a copy no later than 10 schooldays following the date the request was received.
You are pretty much on the way now. The next big step is "Designing a Course of Study". Things to consider are, what is my child's
learning style? Where are they in their subjects? If this seems overwhelming, you may want to start with a packaged curriculum.
Well, these are the beginning steps to opening your own homeschool. I will be talking more about this subject, but would love to address your questions and concerns. I can be reached at the email below. Happy Homeschooling.
|Posted on June 7, 2017 at 10:46 AM||comments (63)|
Why do parents decide to homeschool their children? The 3 most known reasons are Religious, Philosophical, and Problem-Solving.
Religion is an important part of many people's lives. They feel that public school does not project the value system that they want their children to have.
Philosophy - Some parents believe that today's educational instruction does not promote learning and true growth. Some prefer older methods of education and some want the cutting edge of technology for their children.
Problem- Solving - This might represent the largest group. These parents had their children in traditional school, but felt it failed to give their children the best possible education. It was not a good fit for their
student. They turned to homeschooling because they felt the system lacked the necessary individual care needed for their child.. Your reason may be one of these, or yet quite another one.
LEARN THE LAWS
California offer state funds charter schools. If you enroll in a "homeschool charter school", you have an advisor with funds to assist you in getting your materials and resources. One other alternative, is for a family (or group of families) to set themselves up as a private school.
This can be relatively simple. In this mode, you can set up the student group and have parents take turns being the "teacher". When you have lots of help, things can be much easier. See who is good at what type of subject, and divide up learning accordingly. In that way, the responsibility and the planning can be divided between many parents, or grandparents, and the work of it all will be divided. Field trips can happen on the weekends, or holiday weeks. Have fun with it. As far as the
curriculum goes, you can agree on a standard homeschooling program and vary according to any needs each child has. If there is a specific subject that NO ONE feels comfortable teaching, jointly hire a tutor.
All problems can be handled. Check your state for legals and go from there.
As most of my readers know, I am a tutor. I work out of my home in California and help all kinds of students. I have 2 grown daughters of my own and 3 beautiful granddaughters, who I love to help learn. Each one of them learns differently, as each of your children do. Some are readers and some are visual learners. Think back to your schooling and what you learned and now jump forward and honestly think about what parts of your education you use each day, at home and on your job. Center on those things. Ask your child what they want to do when they are older, and model their learning around that. I taught in a private school for many years, and we had the opportunity to teach our students academically and otherwise. I was the cooking teacher, one of my loves, and we had an art teacher, and we had reward systems. School was fun. We did not have homework. Imagine that. They learned in school and parents did not have to be the second teacher each night. Simplicity is the key.
Make your own schedules. Set it up so that it is easy for you and your children. I have worked with many homeschoolers and they can learn traditional studies in half the time. Use lots of fun things to teach. I have reward points boards in my tutoring, and snacks to munch on. Make it fun. Keep it light. We want our children to love learning.
If any of you out there have questions, please feel free to write me a comment, or email me personally. I love to help. I have included my email at the bottom. HAPPY HOMESCHOOLING!
|Posted on April 1, 2017 at 8:15 PM||comments (41)|
HOMESCHOOLING, is it a good alternative? Do you feel you could successfully educate your child? These are questions that many parents ask themselves.
I have been working with students for the past 17 years. Unfortunately, I see many children who are being dragged through public school, not really getting it, but forced to keep going. There are many things that go awry, with their education. Today's schools are too full, understaffed, and missing the extra help needed for students. Teachers are doing their best for the most part, but can't cover all the bases.
Example - I have a student we will call Ted. He is in 5th grade and is being threatened to be held back. He learns new concepts in his studies almost daily. The crime here is that he never really does each concept enough times to really learn it. Do this again and again, and we get failing students. We get confused students. We get stressed students. We get uneducated students.
Solution - One answer to this problem is homeschooling. Homeschooling has no real time limits. Concepts can be reviewed, drilled, exampled, and done until the student feels great about the concept. Imagine math learned in this way.
Have you looked at some of the math and language arts books that most kids use in class these days? OMG! I have a wonderful 3rd grader who, can't really understand her math question unless I help her understand the question. How do you do your work with that problem? In most homeschool books, the questions are written in simpler terms and as such, are easier to understand and do. They accomplish what we need, teaching our students to actually learn their math.
Is your student struggling in school? Do these ideas make sense? Does your child need help? Homeschooling may be a solution for you. Would you like to help educate your child in life learning and academics? You can do this!
Now, the big problem? Time and scheduling, right? In my BLOGS, I have another one talking about this situation. It can be done. Working moms and dads can do this.
It takes creativity and organization, but it can be done. Pool your resources with your friends and neighbors, get a small group together. If needed, use a tutor for a few hours a week. The rewards are great and very worthwhile!
I am always willing to answer any questions. Email me at [email protected]
and I will answer. My quest is helping these students to win in school and love education, NOT hate school, not be stressed!
|Posted on March 11, 2017 at 2:25 PM||comments (47)|
Many of you parents would love the option of homeschooling your sweethearts, but time wise and economically it is just not possible.
As a helpful solution, tutors have been used throughout the school year, but with the heavy homework loads each night, extra help on math or reading is just not possible.
Possible solution! Summer homeschooling! You ask, what is that and how does it work? I have many students coming to summer tutoring this year for help with one or more subjects that they had trouble with the whole year. Math, reading, writing, etc.! We will have small groups set up for subjects and appropriate year study to strengthen whatever subject is needed.
For example, math, 2 to 4 hours a week, we will center on things that the student didn't quite grasp that year! We will be using a couple of different homeschool programs. There will be some homework to be done at home, but not an overwhelming load like school time. It will be fun! There will be reward prizes! Study games!
If this sounds good to you, please call or email me for a FREE
CONSULTATION! In 2 or 3 short months, we can accomplish so much. It is in a safe, cool, happy environment. I have been working with students for over 17 years and enjoy immensely helping students learn and thrive!
Imagine having your student really ready for his or her next school year, feeling confident and ready!
|Posted on June 13, 2016 at 1:19 PM||comments (10)|
Are you overwhelmed with the idea of homeschooling?
Does it all seem too much to handle, but you know that it can be one of the very best educations you can give your sweetheart?
Hopefully these few things will help simplify your journey.
1. If you are signing up for a city program for your child, sometimes the information that they are supposed to learn doesn't come with much help regarding how to learn it. I work with a 5th grade homeschooler in math, and the materials, to say the least, are lacking. Solution - Go to Barnes and Noble, or a bookstore and look for a good, well explained book on the subject. I use many math books from SPECTRUM BOOKS. They have examples on how to do things and are much easier to teach. They include most of the curriculum that is included in the city programs.
2. I learned this next trick from a very experienced homeschooler. Use spiral notebooks. This way you can keep track of all the work that you do and can write daily lessons in them for your children. They go on sale in July and August and can be 15 to 20 cents apiece. Keep them in a specific place so that you won't spend time searching for them.
3. Write your own schedule. You can start your day whenever you want. Include cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner in your lessons. Cleanup is also a great lesson. I work with a homeschooler in math for 4 hours a week and we get a lot of work done.
4. Research coop groups. There are many. That way your children are able to interact with many children and learning can be super fun.
5. Use tutors for the subjects that you don't feel okay about teaching. I personally will teach homeschoolers in small groups, which is helpful for the family budget! Please email me with questions if wanted.
6. Picking a homeschool program. Decide how traditional you want to go.
Also decide how much you want to be responsible for regarding turning in lessons and taking required tests. There are very traditional, free programs through each city, and there are more open programs, less testing and more freedoms. Check them both out and see what you like.
7. Working parents, homeschooling can be accomplished. Get creative. Organize small groups, get a tutor to help you out. If you are one of the parents looking at homeschooling due to the new law on required vaccinations, which by the way goes into effect July 1. 2016, I'm sure there are other like minded friends who would want to set up small groups with you. (Again, email me if you have questions).
Have fun with learning. Teach your sweethearts all about life and education.
|Posted on May 30, 2016 at 5:58 PM||comments (26)|
Homeschooling definitely can be a great adventure. It can seem very unsurmountable. It doesn't have to be though.
1. I have to have a full day of study, like public school.
False Most programs can be delivered in 2 to 3 hours a day.
2. I have to have a set schedule for my homeschooling.
False You can set up a schedule for most days, but you can always change things around to accommodate field trips, family events.
3. My child will not be taught how to interact with others, if they are homeschooled.
False These days there are a multitude of homeschool groups and arranged field trips. Sports activities are great. Manners lessons and how to treat people lessons can be super fun! I used to do it in my classrooms. I taught my students how to seat teachers for a meal and how to also serve them. How fun, have your kids do that for mom and dad.
4. Friends at school - It is necessary for all children to have friends, but maybe not at a traditional school.
True With friends at school may come peer pressure. Peer pressure can bring disrespect of teachers, parents, and each other. Bad language can show up also. Unfortunately I hear stories of disrespect coming from teachers when speaking to the students also. Very upsetting.
5. I can't homeschool, I don't know how, or I am not smart enough to do that.
FALSE Homeschooling can be simplified to make it easy and fun for both mom or dad and their children. If that is not an option, choose to set up a group to help each other, or if a particular subject is too hard to confront, get a part time tutor to help. The amount of tension in school today for our students is very overwhelming. Wouldn't it be nice to control the pace and make sure your sweetheart understands his or her studies?
These are but a few of the falsehoods that burden moms and dads.
Please feel free to email, call or text me with questions.
|Posted on April 25, 2016 at 4:55 PM||comments (6)|
Well, here we are, just about into May and then June and then school is out for this year. Around the corner is July, the month the new law on vaccinations go into effect. When school starts again in August, vaccinations will be checked for most students, unless they are grandfathered in within the new law. Grandfathered in - that means that you had a personal belief form on file last year in the office of your school. That means that you have safe years if past Kindergarten and not yet reached 7th grade yet. That means that all this applies if you haven't changed schools in the recent past and if so, that you did a new Personal Belief Form.
I know that many of you out there are looking to better your child's education. Some of you are taking a second look at the vaccines that are required by the state. For all of you, homeschooling is an option.
I know that is a sobering thought, and for some a scary one. It is a possible option. To understand the law, a suggestion would be to read the law, SB277. It goes over your options.
One possibility is forming a small group and all agree on the program that you want to use. Waldorf is one I would recommend to take a look at. It is a very independent method of homeschooling. There are many freedoms with this program. I have a current homeschool mom who has used it for years and loves it. Secondly, take advantage of using a possible tutor. Introduce another person to your child's education. Have them tutor with a friend from the group. Ask the tutor to work with you and have a small group of 4, to lower the price per hour. Inside of your group, see what moms and dads have somewhat of a flexible schedule and see if one parent can take a turn each day to be the head teacher for the group. If not, exchange in some way with the person with the most flexible schedule and work it out. There are many ways that homeschooling can work out. Be creative!
I am always here for questions. I can be reached at
|Posted on March 12, 2016 at 3:56 PM||comments (387)|
Homeschooling can be a great way to educate your child. It can also be a hardship on the family finances. Mom and dad both work. Mom and dad NEED to work. Maybe you want to homeschool because the classrooms are so big and your student needs some more one on one? Maybe, you child has had a rough time with the new Common Core math or reading and needs some catchup? Or maybe, you have concerns on the mandatory vaccinations and wonder if that is something you want your child to receive? For whatever reason, homeschooling can be accomplished and not damage the family finances.
So how do we manage all this? Well, there are many choices. Do you have friends or neighbors that plan on homeschooling this summer or next year? Ask around, maybe inquire on a local town site to see who is planning on doing what this next year? My suggestion is to get a small group of students, similar age, but they don't have to be the same age, and get together and pick a homeschool program. I have many BLOGS on the choice of programs. If you are looking for very minimal rules and regulations, but a great program, Waldorf is one of those. There is a lot of open choices for the parents and the program can be set up to lean toward your child's interests.
Time4Learning seems to be a good program also. There are city programs too which are free to all in the city, but they do have more restrictions and a more standard curriculum. Anyway, get some people together and go over the choices. Try to agree on one program, so that delivery is made easy. If everyone is on the same page, then begin addressing the schedule.
This may seem to be a horrendous task, but it doesn't have to be. Let's set it up on a five day schedule, maybe like a typical or close to typical normal school day. My suggestion is to chat amongst yourselves, and decide who has what strong points in what subjects? Who loves and is good at math? Who is a great reader and loves history? Get the idea. Divide up the kinds of lessons needed and each parent or parents picks a day that they can be the teacher or maybe half day be the teacher.
I'm sure many of you are thinking, but I can't get a day off to do my part? That won't work! Well, another option is to have a stand in for your day! Hire a tutor for YOUR DAY ONLY! Maybe one of the other mothers would like to do a second day, and make a little money? Maybe a college student interning to be a teacher could help out? There can be many solutions.
There are many ways to organize the homeschooling schedule. Put your heads together. Who can do what? It may cost you a bit to do this, but do remember WHY you started this in the first place. We all love our children to pieces, and want the very best for them, so chat amongst yourselves!
I am happy to answer any questions. I would love to hear back on your responses and concerns.
|Posted on February 14, 2016 at 4:30 PM||comments (14)|
Time 4 Learning is a homeschooling, summer program, and an after school system to help with your child's learning. It is a "On your own time", program. In other words, you move at your own pace. You are given access to 3 school years. For example, if you have a 4th grader who feels that some of 3rd grade was missed, you can go back and fill in the gaps. If your 4th grader is a bit advanced, you can dip into 5th grade learning. According to their website, their reporting system is easy. That would be letting them know what your child has done so that they can keep their progress charted.
The fees for this program are $19.95 a month for the first student and $14.95 a month for the second student. These programs can service Pre-k through 8th grade. High school can also be done, I believe for $30 a month. This gives you access to all the lessons needed. Please visit their website, TIME4LEARNING and watch the free lesson videos. They are great!
Their lessons are correlated to State Standards. This program would be great for a summer school catchup! They cover all the subjects needed for a full curriculum.
If this all sounds good to you, check them out. Please write me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at the email below.
|Posted on February 14, 2016 at 3:26 PM||comments (2)|
Why Do You Want to Homeschool Your Children?
1) Do you feel that they are not getting the education that they need?
2) Are they emotionally struggling in school?
3) Do you disagree with the public school curriculum?
4) Do you want more control over what, how and when your son or daughter learns their necessary skills?
5) Are you a parent who doesn't want to be told that your child requires some or all vaccinations?
6? Do you want to help write your child's curriculum around what you feel is important and what your child has in mind for a future career?
Do you want to have complete freedom over how you teach and run your own homeschooling program?
Do you want to stay connected to the local school system to feel a part of the group?
Are you in need of some extra financial support to help cover some of the extra curriculum activities you want for your child?
Are you wanting testing now and again for your student, or do you want to skip that have a lighter testing schedule for them?
These are all questions to ask yourself when making a decision on what program to pick. I wrote a BLOG earlier on the four ways you can set up your homeschooling according to the new vaccine laws. Keep these in mind when you make your choices. I am attached to a homeschooling group of ladies, and most of them have chosen to pick programs that allow them to make all the choices. They do not answer to a public school, or to a charter school, even though they will provide some funds to help with costs. There are many pros and cons, to say the least.
Do do your homework! Look over the reasons WHY you are homeschooling and go from there! I am happy to help with questions or concerns.
I can be reached by email, phone or through my website. I am setting up homeschooling groups for the summer in my area, and can help others in other areas.
714 609- 6895