I really like the unschooling path and I want to be there one day. But my reality shows it´s not the best option for now. After 2 months being back home from Costa Rica, we didn’t make any new steady friends and I realized it was harder than I thought, since all kids are in school.

My 5-year old girl can play with 2 boys that are sons of two of my friends. But it´s not very frequent that we meet them and so Luísa was left without kids for many days in a row. She seemed perfectly fine with this. She never wants to leave my side and wasn’t keen on the idea of going to school.

We live in a house a bit far from downtown and we have no neighbors, so it´s a pity that she can´t go and find kids in our street. Playing with other kids involve my full commitment. I want her to be with kids every day, or almost every day. So I had to decide fast if I wanted to give it a go at the local private school before the school year ends in December.

I also was having no time for myself, or for work. Before coming back to Brazil, I thought I´d hire someone to watch her a few days a week, but it just doesn’t make any sense to have a babysitter with no kids around.  Plus it would cost more than school. And since all kids are in school, she would be with another adult most of the time.

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The interests of homeschooling parents and organizations are in California represented by The HomeSchool Association of California (HSC). This organization was established in 1987 by a small group of homeschooling moms in the Bay Area. Initially they called their organization the ‘Northern California Homeschool Association’, but later changed the name in HSC, and the group has grown into a statewide, powerful organization.

The original founding families have come to new stages in their lives, and have passed their vision and knowledge on to new Association members. It is the Association’s vision to be an inclusive organization dedicated to homeschooling and to support all types of homeschooling families in every possible way. The organization and its members believe and are convinced that homeschooling parents have the fundamental right and are the best deciders for their educational choices.

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When it comes to homeschooling, New York is a pretty heavily regulated state, but if you’re convinced that homeschooling your child is the best option, nothing should keep you and your family from going the path that you trust.

In New York state there are two crucial documents that you need to submit. The easy one is the letter of intent (LOI), and the somewhat more complicated one is the Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP). You must submit these two documents at the start of each school year to your school district’s superintendent for every child that you wish to homeschool.

You are required to submit your Letter of Intent by July 1st, or within two weeks after you started your homechooling activities. Within ten business days of receiving your Letter of Intent, your school district will send you an Individualized Home Instruction Plan that you must complete and return withing four weeks. You can use the school district’s form or use your own form. Within ten business days (or by August 31st), the district will be notifying homeschooling parents if their IHIP is complying with all state requirements.

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The decision to homeschool your child or children is of course a far-reaching decision that will definitely have an impact on your life. Every U.S. state have different laws regarding Homeschooling and North Carolina has (as only U.S. state) a governmental Division of Non-public education (DNPE).

North Carolina is a good state to homeschool your children, but be aware that your homeschooling activities are in line with North Carolina law.

The requirements are that homeschooling educators must proof that they have at least a high school diploma, your homeschool must have a name, you are required to keep attendance records to show that you homeschool your children for no less than nine months annually, and you need to let your child take a nationally recognized standardized test every year to track their achievements, and immunization records must be kept up-to-date (though this requirement may be waived).

There’s no need to open a homeschool if your oldest child hasn’t turned seven yet, unless you have withdrawn them from a North Carolina public school.

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If you decide to homeschool your child(ren) you know you’ll be taking a crucial decision that will affect your life seriously. All states have their own laws on homeschooling, and Illinois offers its residents a lot of freedom when it comes to home education. In Illinois, homeschoolers are regarded as private educators. Home schooling parents must meet the legal requirements that the state imposes on them and teach their children in accordance with and at the same level what is taught with grade and age in public schools. Home schooling parents must teach core subject fields in English. The subject fields include math, language arts, social sciences, fine arts, biological & physical sciences, and physical development & health.

Illinois law requires that all children aged 6 to 17 must attend school, and though there is no minimum number of days or hours that homeschoolers receive education, the law requires home educated children to receive training and education that’s at least equivalent to education standards in public schools. Public schools must provide at least 176 days of education annually, and an instructional day needs to come with at least five instructional hours.

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Thousands of families across the globe are homeschooling their children, and though the idea of homeschooling your children may be a little overwhelming, you could do it just like all the others. Learning is a continuing process, and just remember that your child also has learned to talk and walk with you as the best teacher, and they may very well continue their education at their own home in a loving, relaxed environment.

Homeschooling does in no way resemble a public school, but then at home. Homeschooling is an entirely different way of looking at education, a totally different way to approach all sorts of educational topics. Homeschooling includes teaching that is tailored specifically to the needs of a child instead of education that’s dictated by standardized guidelines and curricula for the masses. If you consider homeschooling and want to learn about programs and curricula, you should first get the big picture idea, and later consider the smaller issues.

Styles of Homeschooling

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Most homeschooling is done at home, through libraries, parks, or any other public area may be great environments for homeschooling as well to educate children who want to be taught.

Many homeschoolers who love reading make a sort of second home of their local libraries, while others who love a bit more physical style of learning may prefer for example parks for education efforts. Natural landscapes are actually great places to educate children, though also an ordinary place such as a department store may prove to be remarkably educational.

Check out the following interesting homeschooling and education quotations:

…. Fact is that parents (both mothers and fathers) exert a lot more influence over the intellectual development of their children than we commonly think. Over three decades of research and study have actually shown that parents influence their children’s academic performance to a larger extent than any other factor, including schools (‘The One-House Schoolroom’, Family Research Council).

…. We have come to the conclusion that for most people the right to education is curtailed by the fact that in many countries people are obligated to attend school (Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society).

…. Today, many fellows are holding an MBA, a BA, an MD, or even a Ph.D. How unfortunate that they don’t hold a J.O.B. (Fats Domino).

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