Evaluations and More
A good evaluator works for the parents, assisting them in meeting legal requirements and in supporting them when districts overstep their bounds."
Curriculum--Tips on Choosing
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
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.