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It's Official!

For over a decade I have researched homeschooling on the internet , most of the information I would have had to pay for. This deterred me and I ended up placing my children in public school to avoid legal action against me.

As the years passes I have found various sites that not only offer free information and materials, they offer support. Leading me in the right directions to educate myself about the homeschool rules and regulations of my state.

Last week I sent my Letter Of Intent (LOI) and when I checked my mail today I had a package from the school. This package was full of paper work explaining everything that I took initiative to learn before sending my LOI, (which almost made me regret not homeschooling from the beginning) More importantly, this package makes it official... I am now a homeschooling parent ☺

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LeaPea2417 wrote on November 15, 2014, 6:54 PM

Congratulations and more power to you! I think if a parent can home school their kids, that is great. Blessing to your kids.

allen0187 wrote on November 15, 2014, 7:12 PM

Congratulations on being an official homeschooling parent! I'm unsure how it goes here in my country but given the chance I'd like to home school my daughter as well even for just a year.

kcmaice wrote on November 15, 2014, 7:33 PM

Thank you so much LeaPea2417

kcmaice wrote on November 15, 2014, 7:38 PM

I have always wanted to homeschool allen0187 just didn't know how. Though it is a whole lot easier than I thought it would be to start off. Look into your local homeschool laws and support groups (I joined a few on Facebook), you might be surprised ☺

allen0187 wrote on November 15, 2014, 9:23 PM

I'll do just that. homeschooling ain't that common here in Manila. I figure it will be nice to learn how to do it properly. Although, I'm satisfied with the current school that my daughter is enrolled at.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on November 15, 2014, 10:19 PM

homeschooling sounds good but won't your child miss out on school activities, sports, proms and other things like that? Also graduation and inter acting with other children their age? Homeschooling is ok esp if it is difficult to sen your child to school or there is not good schools close by. Just my opinion because I think they can also learn from the trained teachers.

AliCanary wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:30 PM

I had to deal with bullying and some other discomforts at school, but I think it taught me how to deal with challenging situations. When I look back on all the football games and proms and school plays and things I would have missed, I'm glad I went to public school, actually.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:54 PM

Congratulations! I have a ton of resources for homeschooling free or on the cheap, do if you need anything don't be shy!

Ruby3881 wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:57 PM

Depending on the area, there are many homeschool groups that offer plenty of social activities, sports, field trips, graduation ceremonies & proms, "school" photos and IDs, etc. And lots of homeschoolers do have the support of trained teachers. Some even ARE trained teachers emoticon :winking:

Ruby3881 wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:58 PM

We homeschooled for six years, and my kids were just as active then as when they were in public school. There were actually so many activities for them to do, that we couldn't do them all!

kcmaice wrote on November 16, 2014, 12:19 AM

I think it is a great idea to learn your laws on homeschooling, just in case the need (or want) ever arises ☺

kcmaice wrote on November 16, 2014, 12:31 AM

I welcome your opinion ☺
Like Ruby3881 stated below, there are localized groups that inform us of field trips and other gatherings, not to mention the friends they already have.
Yes children can learn from trained teachers, however since Common Core took it's place is our educational system, the government is dictating how and what our children are taught. Which is to score high on a test even if they do not understand the concept of what is in these tests. When they don't score high enough as a whole, Great Teachers lose their jobs.

kcmaice wrote on November 16, 2014, 12:36 AM

Homeschooling isn't for everyone and if after giving it a few months, one or more of my children decide that they want to be in public school, then that Is Their Decision emoticon :winking:

kcmaice wrote on November 16, 2014, 12:38 AM

Thank you, I am So Excited! By all means, I'll have a look at what you have. I love finding materials to implement into our plan!

BarbRad wrote on November 16, 2014, 2:19 AM

Congratulations. It's a shame you had to wait so long. I wish you a wonderful family experience as you take this journey together. I never regret for a moment that we took that journey. I only wish we had been able to start it sooner.

BarbRad wrote on November 16, 2014, 2:24 AM

Home school support groups have activities just as schools do with regular social events. Children in home schools have a lot of educational opportunities that children in schools don't - extra field trips to places of special interest to them, family educational travel not limited by a school schedule, additional family bonding, and more. Many home school students are allowed to participate in school sports programs or the community sports programs. My son had a more active social life as a home school student than he ever did in a school setting.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on November 16, 2014, 4:11 AM

oh Sorry I thought that homeschooling is just at home through the intent or mailed pamphlets. I guess I was thinking wrong. I thought stay at home, work on your own pace and not interaction. Guess that was the old way before hehe

LovingMyBabies wrote on November 16, 2014, 9:48 AM

Yay! I am also a Home Schooling mom and it is a wonderful feeling being the one to teach my children. =) Congrats on making that step!

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 12:34 PM

This is a common misconception about homeschooling. Even if children are not involved with any other homeschoolers at all, they are always involved with their community. Learning in a homeschool environment is VERY different from sitting in a classroom, and it tends to involve a lot more hands-on activities as well as experiences in the community.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 12:37 PM

What kind of set-up do you have so far? Are you using a specific method or a boxed curriculum? Any special areas of need or interest? I'll see if I can't get together a list of resources for you :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 16, 2014, 12:41 PM

That would have been our wish too, even with the open hostility of the education system in Quebec for homeschooling, I wish we had never enrolled our girls in school there. We waited, like you did, because of the legalities and wanting to be careful not to get into any trouble. We wanted to be sure our girls would have a good educational experience. If I had it to do over again, I'd have bypassed the system altogether.

AliCanary wrote on November 17, 2014, 12:41 PM

That actually does sound really good--I was thinking homeschooled kids were somewhat isolated.

quickchai wrote on November 19, 2014, 10:52 PM

Congratulations!!! Keep up the good work and I hope you are successful in this endeavor.. do share with us your journey into home schooling so we too might be educated ^_^

LilyDay wrote on December 31, 2014, 7:37 PM

It is good that you took this step.

Homeschooling is something that I have thought about and researched fairly extensively for quite a while... now all I need are the children. :D

k2705 wrote on January 4, 2015, 10:10 AM

Well done on getting the go ahead don't think I'd be brave enough to homeschool.