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Here is a great website that will give you information State by State on the Laws For Homeschooling..




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..

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I highly recommend that you read this from a homeschool graduate if you are interested in homeschooling.





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!"



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We were beginning our homeschooling adventure shortly after our state group fought in court to legalize it. At first we had to file an affidavit with the state and have the kids tested every year. Now, with the history of successes here, we don't have to do that anymore. You just file a notice of intent with the state and go on your merry way. The universities here also recognize homeschooling as a legitimate educational option and homeschoolers simply take the ACT or SAT and gain entrance. They can also just go to community college first. Youngsters who are not 'college age' but are advanced enough take college courses, too.


I never felt the need to join a legal defense organization, but check your state's laws carefully.

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Because of the Constitution homeschooling has always been legal in all 50 states according to Michael Farris with HSLDA. I remember when we started homeschooling a long time ago and we were committed so much that we knew we'd fight the system if it came to that - because we knew the Constitution gives parents the right to teach their own children at home and we knew the spiritual lives of our children were at stake. (94% of homeschoolers keep the faith and 93% continue to attend church after the high school years. But a shocking 75% to 85% of Christian children sent to public school drop out of church, and do not hold a Christian worldview after high school graduation.)


I'll share an article giving details below.




The Big Questions




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.)



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



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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Copyright 2004 Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000 · Purcellville, VA 20134-9000 · Phone: (540) 338-5600 · Fax: (540) 338-2733 · E-mail: info@hslda.org

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Should anyone want to know, I was homeschooled for four years and as an educator (canning is only a part-time gig, you see) I do have many resources, stories, and opinions regarding HS and eduction. Send me a PM and we can chat.

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Originally Posted By: Anonymous
We belong to HSLDA! My hubby calls it the insurance you hope you never, ever want to use!

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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I don't know how many of you know this, but HSLDA has grants for special needs children. They called me a few weeks ago and told

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.

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How much (approx) is HSLDA membership? Sis just told me her DIL is going to try homeschooling this fall. Thought I'd gather some info, web links, etc to print off for her to check on.



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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