Notes on Homeschooling

To go along with my talk at the PorcFest 2016, this is a list of homeschooling resources that I have used or I believe work well.

Reasons to Homeschool:

  1. Freedom!!!  It’s yours and your children’s choice what you do and how.  That is very empowering, fun, and educational.
  2. Community–You are developing a like-minded community that will thrive on your presence there.
  3. Most Homeschooled Kids get good grades–
  4. Most Homeschooled Kids are sought after by colleges–
  5. If your child is Gifted, has Allergies, has a Disability, is being Bullied, is getting poor grades, is going through tough times and could use some extra attention and love.
  6. Your child is normal or average and you want more time together, you share a lot of love together….

Getting Started:

  1.  Check how easy it is to Homeschool in your state, and what requirements might be necessary.  https://www.hslda.org/laws/ or just type in your state and “homeschooling”
  2. Join Homeschool Legal Defense above for some protection.
  3. NH Resources:  http://www.nhhomeschooling.org/
  4. Have a replacement income source, and my favorite and easiest way to build a website with all the tools included is through SBI.

Starting Mid-Year/Pulling a Child out of School TO Homeschool:

  1.  Yes, you are allowed!!
  2.   You may need to state what school your child is transferring to, even if you are homeschooling.  Just make up a name of your school.

Curriculums:

  1. Borrowing from the District–This is possible to get grade appropriate materials from the Home District, however, this also puts you on the radar.
  2. Ordering materials online–search for one.
  3. Completing an Online Curriculum through an Accredited program–search for one.
  4. Buying your own/Creating your own–Eclectic
  5. Cost Effective/Low Budget–Curriculum Fairs allow Homeschoolers to purchase used materials, and are most easily found with larger HS groups.  Make plans with other HSing families to buy materials they are done with.  Or order used and new materials at http://www.allbookstores.com, which searches for the lowest prices.

Types of Homeschoolers:

  1. “Regular”–you teach your child at home using the materials you see fit.
  2. Democratic/Free School Types–You want your child to be treated fairly with equality to adults.  Children and adults make the rules together and decisions are made together.
  3. Unschoolers–You are comfortable with unstructured education, and/or you enjoy child-led education and freedom.
  4. Secular–You enjoy non-religious educational  materials.
  5. Religious–You want strict or non strict religious education.
  6. Part time-school or Preschool–Many parents are ok to put their younger aged children in Goddard or Montessori, Waldorf Schools or Private Schools, or a completely typical preschool, where they get some interaction with teachers and “regular” children.
  7. Coops–Some like to create their own groups based on what type of homeschoolers they are, and so they can meet PT/FT, one-two days a week, and are made up of any of the above types (and more).
  8. Academics at home but Coops for non-academics–Art, Music, World Language

Social Stuff:

  1. Forming Groups–there are many local groups, many available through Facebook.  Search for groups there.
  2. Again, Coops–If you have a community of a few families this can work so nicely.
  3. Playgroups–Letting your children pick the friends they want to see after their school work.
  4. Park Days–Having a nature element allows the children to stay connected to nature and science, and offers plenty of easy lessons that children relish.
  5. Regular Activities during Afterschool hours–Letting your children choose classes that suit them and have the chance to be with schooled children.

Health Concerns:  Many homeschooling families choose to not vaccinate their children.  If this is you, you may wish to get connected to exemption letters for your state, especially if you have one child in school and the rest homeschooled.  http://www.vaclib.org/

Look for Holistic Homeschoolers in your area, FB may be a good start, if you want to find others.

Community Service:  Most if not all, Homeschooling Families do so with an element of community service.  Decide what you want to do and go out there!  Helping local charities or groups is the most rewarding thing we’ve done as a family.  We make cards and mail them to seniors, make lunches and deliver them to our homeless, we raise money for animals and people.

Troubleshooting:  Using LOA is very effective in paving a smooth and easy transition into homeschooling, and for maintenance.

  1.  Not many people in my area are Homeschooling.  You will find your tribe as you go.
  2. People don’t understand Homeschooling so they criticize me and ask me a million questions about it.  Sometimes they want a simple explanation that you should get confident about giving.
  3. My own family criticizes homeschooling.  Stand strong in your values, no one’s opinions matter more than yours!  Use LOA to help you.
  4. My kids have learning difficulties.  Get into groups.
  5. I don’t have any experience being a teacher.  You don’t need any but some states do require more than others.
  6. I don’t know if I can afford homeschooling.  Try starting an online business with SBI here, this is what makes me money every month.
  7. Teaching more than one child at the same time.  Try doing less to start, an hour a day for younger, two to three for older kids.
  8. Having time alone.  Bartering some babysitting time is nice, so find some friends to allow you to get out while your kids play together.

Books/Resources:

  1.  Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn for good info on how we shouldn’t raise our children to obey for rewards or criticize them for not doing what we want.  Good lesson on manipulation!!
  2. Learn some relaxation techniques like meditation, Reiki, or visualization that will help you.  You don’t have to know everything right now, but each step will be revealed along the way with a little faith.  Again, use the LOA/Law of Attraction if you like it, to help you “see” your goal being attained easily.
  3. Your best asset is YOU–your vision, your clarity, your specific life has led you to question standard schooling…and you have a child teaching you how to be your best. Showing this child unconditional love is an important step in Homeschooling, because you will be together A LOT and need to have a positive time together for learning to be effective.  The best thing you can do to help your child is to literally be your best, fulfill yourself, be happy and accepting of yourself, and allow the same in your child.

Coaching:

  1.  If you wish to book some coaching time with me for using the LOA properly, I am available by phone or in person at this conference for a 50% off discount for coming to the PorcFest 2016.  Private sessions are $30 per half hour or $50 per hour for specific coaching for switching jobs, creating a website, transitioning into homeschooling, or being emotionally ready for it.  I can energetically help you to clarify your vision and how to get there. Looking forward to it.
  2. Jennifer Caruso, at 848-232-8392, and here at www.lawofattractionandmore.com.  My new affirmation website is still in the making, but I hope you’ll visit me for empowering LOA affirmations soon.