An important update from Brenda Dickenson the President of FLHEF regarding HB1.
Every time I meet a classroom teacher, or a homeschooling parent who was previously a classroom or was trained as a teacher, and we start to chat about teaching, they have so many horror stories to share. Almost always those of them who aren't homeschooling their own school-age children, express the wish that they could.
I, too, have my own horror stories to share
Faith-based curriculum options can be found for a variety of options. Hindu specific resources include:
Florida law does NOT require any particular curriculum. Homeschool parents do not have to use public school materials. Parents may use any materials at any levels that work for their children. Materials do not even have to be textbooks or workbooks but can be websites, apps, ordinary books (sometimes called living books), magazines, graphic novels, or whatever works to help your children learn. Note that there’s no such thing as accredited curriculum; there are accredited programs that offer curriculum, but there’s no need to use them. Even in high school, feel free to use any materials that work for your children. You can adjust levels without permission from anyone or change materials if one isn’t the fit you thought it would be.
Where do you find curriculum? There are many available sources these days. Many buy from online sites--whether directly from publishers, or general book sales sites, or sites specifically geared to homeschool materials. There are Facebook groups specifically for selling homeschool curriculum, eBay.com, Amazon.com, and more. Some homeschool groups and homeschool conventions often sell curriculum. Used curriculum can save your budget. There are free materials available online or through a local public library and some schools or school districts offer free materials if you use the magic words "off-adoption materials" when asking.
How to choose? My suggestion is to proceed slowly and carefully
Some people want options that are secular, but definitions of what secular means vary.
To some, secular simply means that it isn't faith-based and doesn't involve religion, but is neutral when it comes to a stance on the origins of the world and doesn't come from any particular religious viewpoint. These options may be used not only by those without a faith, but by those who have a strong faith but don't want curriculum that might teach another viewpoint.
To others, secular is more than that
There are may great faith-based curricula which combine typical educational subjects such as reading, history, science, language arts, math, and more with faith--or at the very least don't undermine faith while teaching those other subjects. Many faith-based homeschoolers choose such materials. Even some who aren't Christian prefer the more traditional values that are usually present in faith-based materials. Here are links to help you find a variety of Christian options:
While there are many Christian homeschool curricula available, there are some specifically geared to Catholic families. These links may help Catholic families:
Looking for faith-based information? Here is a source that links to a few sites for homeschoolers who are Buddhist:
There are many faith-based curricula available. Here are links to some options for Jewish families or those wanting to learn about Judaism:
Sometimes people get the idea that faith-based curriculum must be Christian, but there are many faith-based curricula out there. These links might help those who are Muslim or want to learn more about Muslim faith and culture:
Tips for Homeschooling Teens
intent on fighting their parents at every turn. Even teens who were previously wonderful darlings who readily went along with all the educational plans put in front of them, may now balk at their parents' plans. That's normal. It's part of how teens push to develop their own identity and get mentally and emotionally ready for a life on their own. But at the same time, parents want their teens to be on track to do well as adults, to be prepared for college or careers or trade school or whatever life holds for them.
Here are some ways to move past these attitudes and successfully homeschool a teen.
Q: What if my child is behind in math? I don't want to deschool and have my child get further behind. How does deschooling work for kids who are behind already?
Education is a journey. It's more like a marathon than a sprint. You have time. You have to realize that you have a few years to get this done and starting out right will help you get to the finish line with your children.
One year, as a classroom teacher, I taught seventh graders who were almost all behind.
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