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We are a military family currently stationed overseas in Japan. I have been homeschooling my 6yr old son since Sept, so we are still pretty new to it all. Our base really doesn't have any restrictions, laws or guidelines when it comes to homeschooling, so we can pretty much teach how,what and when we want which has been great. Over here, when I decided to home school my son, all I had to do was inform the school and dis-enroll him, get materials and just start "teaching" him.

My problem is that we will be going back to the states this year and I would really like to continue to home school but i know that each state tends to have their own home school regulations and laws etc. We haven't received our new orders yet, but there is a good chance that we will be heading to CA. I decided to look up the home school regulations for CA and I was a little overwhelmed by all the legal mumbo jumbo. Seeing how I have been able to pretty much "teach" how and whatever i wanted to up to now, I'm a little bit nervous to go back stateside.

Are any of you ladies in CA? Is homeschooling there as difficult as all the legal mumbo jumo makes sound? I am just afraid that I wont be able to homeschool my son if we end up there or that it will be difficult to.

by on Feb. 15, 2014 at 4:37 PM
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Jilectan
by Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM

I'm in California and it's really not difficult at all. I've always just filed something called a Private School Affadavit that registers us as a public school. That's the way to go if you don't want oversight or having to take any of the tests. If you like charter schools, there are distance and in person charter schools, too.

IIRC, you keep a copy of your PSA, an attendence record, and immunization records for your kids. I've never shown those to anyone and my attendence is a printout of a calendar with days marked for when we take a day off. Otherwise, they're in school on weekdays. Well, Saturday, too, but that's not required by anyone. You don't need a teacher's licence or anything, just the ability to teach, just like for private schools.

mommy2kaelynn
by Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:34 AM

I am in So. Cal too. We school under a PSA (Private School Afidavit) and yes, it's very easy, no real regulations, other than keeping records, filing the PSA each year, and making sure you complete a full 180 day school year) We actually have quite a few "unschoolers" in Orange County, where I am. Some people like the structure of using a charter, or even free online school like K-12, but the majority of the families i have met in person like the ease and freedom of the PSA. Where in California do you think you will be?

SugarMama99200
by Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Thanks you all so much for your replies. You've really put my mind at ease. 

snowpeasmom
by on Feb. 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Di you get the same amount if money with sky mountain? I did the psa this year. My son is 6. But spent about $600 on supplies. I was looking into charter. Sky mountain and golden valley were on the list. I want to apply to next year as I am looking into some co ops

Quoting Precious333: Which chartet are you with? We do sky mountain.



Quoting maggiemom2000:

I'm in CA and it is super easy. You can file a PSA (private school affidavit) and pretty much do whatever you want.

My kids are enrolled in a charter school and we love it (we did the PSA for awhile but switched to the charter school for the funding). The school pays for all of our curriculum, we get $1600 per year per child to spend. It even covers things like horseback riding and skiing. We just have to meet with our "ES" (education specialist) once a month and do that state testing in the Spring. Some charter schools are a lot more restrictive than ours, but there are a handful around the state where you can get funding still do just about whatever you want.

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Precious333
by Julia on Feb. 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM
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Both are good. I have seversl friends with golden valley. I think it was $800 per semester per child.

Quoting snowpeasmom: Di you get the same amount if money with sky mountain? I did the psa this year. My son is 6. But spent about $600 on supplies. I was looking into charter. Sky mountain and golden valley were on the list. I want to apply to next year as I am looking into some co ops



Quoting Precious333: Which chartet are you with? We do sky mountain.





Quoting maggiemom2000:

I'm in CA and it is super easy. You can file a PSA (private school affidavit) and pretty much do whatever you want.

My kids are enrolled in a charter school and we love it (we did the PSA for awhile but switched to the charter school for the funding). The school pays for all of our curriculum, we get $1600 per year per child to spend. It even covers things like horseback riding and skiing. We just have to meet with our "ES" (education specialist) once a month and do that state testing in the Spring. Some charter schools are a lot more restrictive than ours, but there are a handful around the state where you can get funding still do just about whatever you want.

maggiemom2000
by Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Connecting Waters Charter School (i'ts in Nor Cal)

http://connectingwaters.org

maggiemom2000
by Member on Feb. 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I posted this almost a year ago

Filling the workboxes with educational fun!

We are lucky to be part of a homeschool Charter School here in California, Connecting Waters Charter School, where we are given an allowance for curriculum and educational supplies. I realized that it was getting close to the end of the school year and we still had a lot of money in our account. I decided that one thing I wanted to spend money on was more hands on educational activities and games. We use the Workboxes system and I like to have fun things for the kids to put into the boxes. I shared some of the things I was doing a couple of years ago in my post (F)unschooling: Boxing up some learning fun! It mixes things up a bit when there are a variety of activities presented. I also believe that there is a lot of learning that happens when playing games. I know that I learned a lot of world geography as a kid by the hours spend playing Risk with my brother and sisters.

A lot of the activities I put in the boxes are pretty simple and inexpensive. When I saw this craft kit on clearance I knew it was the perfect thing to put into one of Scootch's boxes:



Now I had the chance to not worry so much about prices, I could shop on the school's dime. Here are some of the things I ordered:


Scrabble with math! I think I will love it and my husband will hate it. Hopefully the kids and I will have fun playing it.
This solitaire game is a lot harder than it looks! A fun combination of geometry, spacial awareness and logic.











Professor Noggin's History and Geography Card Games

These are card games but the can also be used alone like flash cards and self quizzes.


It is very common for a child with a high IQ to have a hard time memorizing basic facts, like multiplication facts. My little guy who is a wiz at algebra, way before his years, still needs practice with his multiplication facts. He took one look at this game and told me it looked stupid. He then proceeded to open the box, and play a game against himself, completely engrossed and got annoyed when anyone would interrupt him.
This looked like a fun game to put into a workbox. It is all in a very neat little hard case, making it easy to store, put in a workbox, or take on a trip. These kind of solitaire games are perfect for workboxes!


We have a set of Banangrams, but I start to run out of ideas of things to do with that little set of letter tiles. We have gone through most of Banangrams for Kids!, and this book will give me some new challenges for me to give the kids in their workboxes.


We already have 10 Days in the USA, so now we are going to try 10 Days in Europe. You have to travel from one place to another on a map, and you really learn the locations of all of the states or countries.
The kids are having lots of fun with the gyroscopes we got!


My younger son just started playing guitar with his dad so I got him a guitar along with an instructional book and DVD.

 We love the modeling beeswax but it is a bit pricey. This was the perfect chance to stock up on some.
 I'm not sure what I'm going to use the Wikki Stix for, but I'm sure I'll come up with something!

Some magnetic tangrams to round things out.



I'm already starting to plan for things I will buy in Fall 2014 when my little one starts Kindergarten. I'm definitely going to be ordering some of the things listed here.

Our first boxes arrived to day so I'm going to have lots of fun filling workboxes tonight!

What educational supplies would you buy if you had funding?

Jilectan
by Member on Feb. 17, 2014 at 1:12 AM

Thank you for posting these! These look like great games. I'll have to see if I can find some of them!

Quoting maggiemom2000:

I posted this almost a year ago


LoriAlane8
by Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I can't speak to homschool laws but have you thought about enrolling in a virtual academy? There are many. We are in California Virtual Academy since it uses the awesome K12 curriculum. It's a public school but done at home.

Knightquester
by on Feb. 20, 2014 at 6:55 PM

We live here, Northern California to be precise, but it's still California.  Needless to say California is very lax with it's homeschooling laws and regulations, also you have a large community (at least where I am) that homeschools and different homeschooling options and classes offered here.  I don't know when you're looking to homeschool but it's the first two weeks in October you can file your affidavit to homeschool.  If you need to do that before or after that date, then there's some kind of lien you can file, it's all stated in the states board of education site.  http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ps/rq/affidavit.asp, if you're going independent, then you'll be considered your own private school.

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