The Florida Dept of Education is looking for input from parents and others, including homeschooling parents, on how to reduce regulation of public schools.
See the notice below:
The newly expanded FTC scholarship Student Learning Plans Via the school choice bill that passed a few weeks ago, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship will give government funding to parents that can be used for a new homeschooling option called the Personalized Education Program (or PEP). The scholarship will be open for 20,000 more students this coming school year and 40,000 more the next year, and more the next year. The scholarship will offer serious money that will vary depending on the school district and grade level of the student
There is no "best" curriculum, even when it comes to online curriculum, because children are not all the same--what works well for one student may be a disaster for another. This list includes a variety of options that, based on our experience, are popular with homeschool families. (Being included on our list does not imply our endorsement of any.) Note that new options are popping up all the time but some are scams so vet them carefully before spending money on them.
A: A couple of decades ago, one child greatly affected my views on teaching children to read. This boy was about 8 or maybe 9 years old when his parents brought him to the tutoring company where I then worked as a full-time tutor.
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: