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New Homeschooling mom has a few question.

Posted by on May. 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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I am a Oregon mother of 2 boys and we have decided that we are homeschooling, but that's about it. Do you have any resources on where to go from here. I already checked my school district's requirements and what I have to do in order to home-school (ie: notifying them of our intent to home-school our children.)

I am hoping to start with our older son in August, but other then that I am kinda unclear on how? Are there any blogs, or websites that you found helpful in getting your game plan together. He knows his ABC's, 123's, colors, and shapes.  I have been searching the web, but there is so much info and I am not sure. Our district  is very vague on anything homeschooling, other then tellikng us when we have to do testing, and notify them they give nothing.

Thanks, Sarah

by on May. 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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usmom3
by BJ on May. 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

 First don't depend on the school system to give you the right information! You need to go to Homeschool legal advantage & read the laws for your state. Second figure out you children's learning styles & then decide on a method based off of that.

SewEcoMommy
by on May. 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Thank you so much for the info. I really hadn't thought that there might be an issue with my decision to   my children. I thought that I had the right to either send them to a public or privet school or home school them. I will admit the idea of schooling being compulsory didn't make me thing that there shoudl be an issue since I had no problems with testing and such.  

oredeb
by on May. 18, 2012 at 3:49 PM

 Hi sarah, im in oregon also, what town are you in? in portland theres a homeschool store called exodus

heres another site to help out  http://www.homeschooldiner.com/guide/intro/galaxy.html

http://www.oceanetwork.org/support/  find a homeschool group to join

http://www.oceanetwork.org/

KickButtMama
by Shannon on May. 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM
You can read up on my homeschool at me blog -
http://www.cafemom.com/group/699/forums/read/16483396/Defining_Our_Homeschool_piog

If you scroll down my 2 nd entry is all about how we HS
SewEcoMommy
by on May. 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

We just moved to Wilsonville in Clackamas ESD. We had been living in Aloha in Beaverton School district 48. We had been talking about homeschooling since our kids were born, but we are now at the point were we need to make a this all work out, or enroll him in school. Thanks for the info and I will be checking out the store, and websites.

romacox
by Silver Member on May. 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Florida Parent Educator's Association gives you a sample "Letter Of Intent, and other documents at the following link:' FPEA Sample letters

However you will also want to check with Oregon's State Home School Association for such documents and  legal requirements to make sure your State uses the same. Oregon Home Education Network

The following article gives you information, resources and links to all sorts of valuable information (grade level requirements, testing resources, various home school methods, how to create your own lesson plans, ext)  How To Home School



Ruth372
by on May. 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM
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Homeschool Legal Defense also has info. on the laws in every state.  http://www.hslda.org/  You can get a copy of the laws without joining.   I would suggest seeing if there are any Homeschool conventions you could go to.  That is a good weay to see what is out there.  (It can be a little overwelming)  Congratulations on starting this new adventuere!  :-)

swim-mom72
by on May. 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM

WELCOME! All good advice so far. It can all be very overwhelming, that is natural. Find a support group to help you and your kids. Check Yahoo or HSLDA for ones near you. If there are none, then get plugged in with some online groups on here, yahoo or at homeschoolreviews.com to help you with all of your questions.

We are finishing our 5th year and I STILL have questions and get nervous about certain issues, it is natural, just don't let it overwhelm you. That is where a good support system comes in handy : )

Some places to check out for figuring out your homeschool style and choosing curricula: Cathy Duffy's book "100 Top Picks for Homeschoolers" or her website, The Well Trained Mind forums, http://donnayoung.org/index.htm, http://kickbuttcrazylapbooks.blogspot.com/, http://www.homeschool-curriculum.org/, Timberdoodle, Time4Learning, Sonlight, and Rainbow Resources.

 

usmom3
by BJ on May. 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

 

Quoting SewEcoMommy:

Thank you so much for the info. I really hadn't thought that there might be an issue with my decision to   my children. I thought that I had the right to either send them to a public or privet school or home school them. I will admit the idea of schooling being compulsory didn't make me thing that there shoudl be an issue since I had no problems with testing and such.  

 You do have the right to chose unfortunately most schools are very ignorant of your laws as a homeschooling parent & will only tell you the schools policies about homeschooling which in many cases are not in line with the laws of the state.

When I pulled my son from PS 6 years ago the school told me that I had to sign papers from them & get permission from them to homeschool him. If I hadn't educated myself on the laws I would have not know that they where wrong & actually breaking the law trying to force me to sign their papers!

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StrictMomof2
by on May. 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

 Pinterest has so many wonderful resources for home schooling Moms. I currently use Connections Academy (the public school version.) I LOVE this school!! I have the freedom to teach my son when and how I want, but I have help from teachers to help us as needed. Plus he gets live lectures if he wants to attend them.

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