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Confused!

Postby myshelleluvsu » Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:31 pm

I am considering homeschool my 7th grader. Like so many other post I've read, I don't know where to start. I don't know how to meet the curriculum requirements for my state. I don't know what curriculum is good that isn't alot of money. So somebody out there please help. Oh by the way, I live in Louisiana.
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Re: Confused!

Postby elliemaejune » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:40 am

myshelleluvsu wrote:I am considering homeschool my 7th grader. Like so many other post I've read, I don't know where to start. I don't know how to meet the curriculum requirements for my state. I don't know what curriculum is good that isn't alot of money. So somebody out there please help. Oh by the way, I live in Louisiana.


I'm so glad your question included your dc's age and where you live :-)

According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, there are two options for hsing: the first requires that you get approval, the second does not. You don't want to have to get approval. Trust me on this.

The second just requires you to notify the school from which you remove your ds that you will be hsing:

"Students who are withdrawn from public school during the school year, or who attended public school the year before enrolling in a private school, must provide a written notification of enrollment to the public school he attended within 10 days of enrollment. This notification must include:
a. Student’s legal name;
b. Date of birth;
c. Gender; and
d. Race.
In addition, the notification may include a request for the student’s transcript. La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 17:221.3."

Here's the link to read the whole thing:

http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/Louisiana.pdf

The law says you must have "a 'curriculum of a quality at least equal to that offered by public schools at the same grade level,' La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 17:236, including the Declaration of Independence (elementary) and the Federalist Papers (high school). La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 17:268."

"Curriculum" does not mean a stack of books; it means the course of study your homeschool covers.

You will need the basics: English, history, math, science.

English includes grammar, composition, spelling/vocabulary, reading/literature (in younger grades it also includes penmanship).

History (also known as social studies or social sciences) is world, U.S. and state history and geography. Usually you choose one; Louisiana doesn't specify which one must be taught at any grade level.

Science...you know that one :-)

Because of course you want your dc to be a well-rounded person, you will also do things like fine arts (music, dance, theater, art history/applied art [actually messing around with paint and stuff]), computer literacy, health, p.e. of some sort, and so on.

Your state doesn't have any requirements for homeschooled dc to graduate.

You will want to consider whether or not your dc might want to go to high school. If so, it's much more difficult for homeschooled students to enter after 9th grade; schools commonly do not give credit to them for courses they have completed at home.

Were you thinking you'd want materials that are by Christian publishers/authors, or secular? That will make a difference in which teaching materials we recommend.

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Postby myshelleluvsu » Wed Mar 14, 2007 6:12 pm

thanks so much for the info...i just have a few more questions, concerns. How do I pick a curriculum? (either Christian or secular doesn't matter) I am a single parent on a limited income. I was really looking for one that is totally incompassed with one company, that will give me all the assistant that i need. Oh and he does, as of now, want to go to high school.
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Postby mdsmomct » Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:48 am

Have you looked at the Robinson curriculum or Accelerated Achievement/A2. We decided on A2 as it has it all except art and music and foreign language. You can order a demo from their site as well to check it out. It goes from K-12 except the math and science so it would be great since your ds wants to go back to school. JMO....

http://www.accelerated-achievement.com/index.htm

You can also do it yourself using the many different websites with free curriculum and the library. Best of luck to you![/url]

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Postby dempstermom » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:10 am

I've just started looking at curriculum myself on a limited budget. I have found some good books at Half price bookstore. Also you might check with a local homeschool group and talk to some parents would let you borrow and or sell previously used books. I'm having good luck with that route as well. Hope that helps.

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CLASS

Postby myshelleluvsu » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:37 am

Has anyone every heard of or used the curriculum known as CLASS(Christian Liberty Academy School System)?
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Re: CLASS

Postby elliemaejune » Fri Mar 16, 2007 9:11 am

myshelleluvsu wrote:Has anyone every heard of or used the curriculum known as CLASS(Christian Liberty Academy School System)?


CLASS itself is not a "curriculum." It started as an extension of Christian Liberty Academy, an actual school in Illinois. (It used to be called "Christian Liberty Academy Satellite Schools; all of the families enrolled were considered to be satellites of Christian Liberty Academy.)

CLASS uses a variety of publishers, including Christian Liberty Press, which is a division of Christian Liberty Academy. When you enroll your dc in CLASS, you get a box of books, a whole year's worth of materials for every subject, including answer keys and a teacher's planning book.

Many people appreciate the convenience of using CLASS; it's very reasonably priced, too.

I'm not much of a just-like-school kind of person, so CLASS doesn't appeal to me, but there hsers who use it every year.

You still have to follow the hsing laws in your own state, of course. Enrolling in CLASS does not exempt you from doing so.


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