Homeschool Legal Defense
Posted 03 November 2005 - 05:13 AM
I would advise anyone seriously considering homeschooling their Child/Children to check out this site first. I myself have never belonged to HSLDA because Illinois is one of the easiest states to homeschool in..
As a second step I would find and contact a local homeschool support group.. Check with your public library. If you belong to a church talk with other members who might homeschool.. There are some great programs out there if your willing to search them out..
Oh my gosh there are so many WONDERFUL sites on the internet that have to do with homeschooling.. Go to www.google.com and do a search on homeschool.. The response is awesome..
Ebay is a great source of used curriculum.. (here I go getting myself in trouble with ebay again)
I'll post some of my most favorite Homeschooling Sites later on this morning.. I have been up all night (because I am a moron) and now I can't go to sleep for at least 5 more hours.. I'll have to take a nap after 7:45 when the last of the children leave for school..
Posted 03 November 2005 - 08:20 AM
I am editing this to add this article came from the group I homeschool under - Dayspring Academy -they have a ton of really good articles.
Here is the link to them: http://www.dsacademy.org/index.html
Another of my favorites is : http://www.homeschooloasis.com/main_lobby.html
lots of good stuff to read on both sites.
I do belong to Homeschool Legal Defense BTW- because I believe in what they do -But my state is super easy to homeschool in -all you have to do is turn in attendance -and be under a church cover group -and BTW I love my HS groups attendance policy read it if you want -it is good
My favorite homeschool quote is:
"Education is not the filling of a bucket- but the lighting of a fire!"
Posted 03 November 2005 - 10:58 PM
I never felt the need to join a legal defense organization, but check your state's laws carefully.
Posted 23 May 2006 - 02:07 PM
I'll share an article giving details below.
The Big Questions
CAN I DO IT?
Is it legal?
“Because the United States Constitution is the highest law of the land, homeschooling has always been legal in all 50 states,” says Michael Farris. “It has been a bit of a fight to get the various members of the education and social services establishment to accept that fact, but great progress has been made. Currently about two-thirds of the states have specific laws authorizing and regulating homeschooling. In the balance of the states, homeschoolers may legally operate as a small private school or provide ‘equivalent instruction.’ The details vary considerably from state to state and opinions about the law vary from district to district. What does not vary is HSLDA’s commitment to the constitutional right to teach one’s children at home.” - Michael Farris HSLDA Chairman & General Counsel
I don’t have a teaching degree. Can I really teach my child?
Yes, research and practical experience show that it is dedication and hard work, not special training, that produce outstanding educational results in a homeschool setting. (See Figure 1 to the right.)
HOW DO I DO IT?
Where do I find curriculum and materials?
There's an ever-increasing variety of curriculum—from traditional textbooks to homeschool-specific curriculum and correspondence courses. Thankfully, there are experienced homeschool moms who have taken the time to put together review guides, saving newcomers much time and frustration. Just two such guides are Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Homeschooling series and Cathy Duffy’s two volume Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manuals.
The best place to start is to contact homeschooling veterans in your local and/or state support group—ask what they have tried, what has or has not worked for them, and why. You need to get to know your child’s learning style. (See Useful Tips.) Attend a couple of homeschool seminars and curriculum fairs where you can look at your options firsthand. To find a support group or state homeschool convention near you, visit HSLDA's website.
How much time does it take?
A lot less than you think. Homeschooled students don't have to take time to change classes or travel to and from a school, so they can proceed at their own pace. In elementary years especially, parents and children often find that they may only need a few hours to accomplish their work for the day.
What if I have several children in different grade levels?
You'll be surprised at the subjects that can span grade levels. Certain curricula lend themselves to multilevel teaching. You can design your program so that older children work independently in the morning while you work individually with younger children, and then while younger children take naps in the afternoon, you can have one-on-one time with older students.
What about my child's special needs?
“Thousands of families are homeschooling children whose special needs range from Attention Deficit Disorder to severe multiple handicaps,” says Betty Statnick. “Parents often find that when they bring these children home to be educated, they come out of the ‘deep freeze’ that has kept them from making significant progress. Gone are the comparisons, labels, social pressures, and distractions that a regular classroom may bring. Parents can offer their children individualized education, flexibility, encouragement, and support. For learning-disabled children who function best with ‘real-life problems’ rather than artificial worksheet tasks, homeschooling may be ideal. For medically sensitive children, learning at home provides the opportunity for careful monitoring. And for attention-deficit children who function best with uniquely structured time and fewer distractions, homeschooling usually proves to be the answer.” - Betty Statnick, HSLDA’s Special Needs Coordinator
ARE YOU SURE I WON’T RUIN MY KIDS?
What about socialization & special interests/enrichment activities?
Research has found that most homeschooled students are involved in a wide variety of outside activities, interact with a broad spectrum of people, and make positive contributions to their communities. Experience has shown that homeschoolers are well socialized and able to make lasting friendships across age and cultural divides. (See Figure 2 at right.)
What about a diploma, graduation, & college?
Homeschool graduates closely parallel their public school counterparts—about two-thirds go on to post-secondary education, and one-third directly into the job market. (Brian Ray, Strengths of Their Own—Home Schoolers Across America, NHERI, 1997.)
Homeschool students who have utilized community colleges for foreign language, lab science, or higher mathematics courses discover as an added bonus that these course credits make it easier to enroll in four-year colleges after high school graduation. (See "Making a transcript" under Useful Tips.)
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 10:26 PM
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 09:01 PM
Posted 16 May 2008 - 09:30 PM
I can not say enough about HSLDA we were members and when we moved to a new state in the middle of the school term they tried giving us a hard time. All I said was here call my lawyer he will handle it took my boys by the hand left the BOE office. A week later we received papers to sign and return, not another word from them.
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 11:00 PM
me about it. You can receive up to $2400, per family. This can be used for therapies, things for home, curriculum. This grant isn't income based and apparently the form is simple, compared to what you have to fill out for other grants.
They also have grants for single moms, as well. The lady that called, even told me she was checking to see if we qualified, since my husband has nothing to do with my chicks and I don't work.
Posted 13 October 2009 - 11:15 PM
They now offer payments for $9.99 a month (here in CA. It might vary?) It's a wonderful peace of mind for $10. It's less monthly if you opt to pay by the year...but...well, we do what we can~
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