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How exactly do I start?

Postby jslcbb » Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:49 pm

I have dicided to homechool my children. I want to start now wdith my 5th grader because they are having sex ed in health class next week. I would like to know exactly what I need to do to pull her out of school now in the middle of the year. I live in Minnesota. I am wondering also if I will have to do the standardized testing this spring, or can it wait until next school year. Please help if you are able. Thank you.

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Postby Theodore » Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:17 pm

A standard form you can fill out and send in, from MACHE:
http://www.mache.org/HomeEd.htm

A similar form, and more detailed information, from MHA:
http://www.homeschoolers.org/minnesota_law_and_forms

MN homeschool groups:
http://www.home-school.com/groups/MN.html

Basically, you only have to send in the basic form (by October 1) if you have a bachelor's or a teaching degree. If you have neither, you also have to send in quarterly report cards - that situation is covered in the second link above. There is a yearly standardized testing requirement, and you have to include reading, writing, literature, fine arts, math, science, history, geography, government, health, and physical education in your curriculum, but there are no attendance requirements.

Regarding when specifically you have to take the standardized test, I don't know - that's something you need to discuss with your local school superintendent. If you use the school's test, you'll probably have to follow the school's schedule for testing, but I imagine there are other test suppliers in your state.

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Postby Ramona » Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:13 pm

Theodore wrote:you have to include reading, writing, literature, fine arts, math, science, history, geography, government, health, and physical education


I just want to add a note that this may sound like an overwhelming list at first, but in my experience it really isn't.

Reading and literature are basically the same thing.

History, geography and government are just different parts of one subject--social studies--that you can cover at different times of year. Same for health and science. Same for reading/literature and writing.

Fine arts can be done one day a week instead of every day.

Phys Ed doesn't need to be anything more than running and playing outside in between the other subjects.

You can do this! (I have so much fun homeschooling my kids!)

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Postby jslcbb » Fri Jan 19, 2007 3:03 pm

Is it better to get a whole curriculum together, where all subjects are covered, or to just pull different things together. I am worried that I may not cover everything, or forget something improtant. How do you make sure that if you pull from different sources, that you are covering enough. How do you go about writing a lesson plan. Is one even necessary?

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Postby elliemaejune » Fri Jan 19, 2007 5:11 pm

jslcbb wrote:Is it better to get a whole curriculum together, where all subjects are covered, or to just pull different things together. I am worried that I may not cover everything, or forget something improtant. How do you make sure that if you pull from different sources, that you are covering enough. How do you go about writing a lesson plan. Is one even necessary?


The answer is "yes." :-)

There is no guarantee that you will "cover everything" if you buy all your materials from a single publisher.

I have never found a single publisher that I liked for all subjects. Most hsers do use a variety of resources.

Have you reviewed the requirements for hsing in MN? Have you talked to other hsers in MN who can help you out on how to get started? I think that will be the most important thing at this time. Your other questions can be answered over time, but you need to know what to do to get started right away.

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How do I start homeschooling my teenagers?

Postby macias6471 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:18 pm

Hi, I'm Veronica. I live in Houston Texas and want to homeschool my two teenage sons. They are ages 13 and 15. I need to know what are the requirements to start? Do I have to fill out paperwork? Do they require testing like the taks? Do I have to go through some sort of background check to homeschool? Do I have to get authorized through my state to homeschool? I'm getting mixed reviews and information on homeschooling. I greatly appreciate any and all information.

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Re: How do I start homeschooling my teenagers?

Postby elliemaejune » Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:48 am

macias6471 wrote:Hi, I'm Veronica. I live in Houston Texas and want to homeschool my two teenage sons. They are ages 13 and 15. I need to know what are the requirements to start? Do I have to fill out paperwork? Do they require testing like the taks? Do I have to go through some sort of background check to homeschool? Do I have to get authorized through my state to homeschool? I'm getting mixed reviews and information on homeschooling. I greatly appreciate any and all information.


I have great news: You don't have to do a single thing (other than inform your dc's schools that they won't be coming back; if you just take your dc out, someone will think they are just not going to school).

In other words, No, they don't have to take the TAKS, No, there's no background check, No, you don't have to fill out paperwork, No, you don't have to get authorized through your state.

In 1994, there was a court case that decided that homeschoolers were the equivalent of private schools in Texas, and private schools are completely unregulated by the state.

You will need to decide what materials or methods you will use to teach your dc at home.

Here is a link for a group in your area:

http://www.houstonhomeschool.org/

There may be others, but this one will get you started.

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Curriculum

Postby Gypsy'sMom » Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:56 am

I have a 6 year old daughter who is I am (hopefully) going to be HSing next year. (First Grade) I am a little bit confused with all of the curriculum out there. I have no idea where to start. What exactly should a first grader be learning...math, english, history?, science?, etc. I have no clue when to start history and science and things of that nature (are those things started right away)...if anyone can help me I would appreciate it.
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Postby Calla_Dragon » Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:02 pm

Another MN homeschooler here! If you join MHA (Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance http://www.homeschoolers.org/)) for $25/year, you get a great packet of information about homeschooling in general and homeschooling in Minnesota. Plus you get several other things like discounts, a quarterly magazine, mailing list of events in the area, etc. You can check it all out on their page.

Also, there are a couple of yahoo lists in the Twin Cities area. One is ECHO-MN which is a great list and HSAdventures which is generally strictly events and field trips for homeschoolers.

I don't do boxed curriculum. I pull my curriculum from a variety of resources. Do I miss stuff? Yeah, I never go long without realizing what I'm missing or could be doing better and I research available curriculum and add it to our day. I pull stuff from workbooks, the internet, online games and lessons plans, library books - literally everywhere I can find it. If there's something you think your DC should be learning, toss it in. As long as you're covering the subjects required by law, you should be fine. I find that most homeschoolers easily go well beyond the minimum legal requirements - it's not hard to do. I have a blast homeschooling my kids. We never have a shortage of things to do and we have time to do things that other kids don't.


It does sound overwhelming at first, but with a 1st grader, we cover reading, spelling, writing, language arts (grammar), science, math, social studies, science, geography, art, music, Spanish, sign language, French, and phy ed. That sounds like a ton but we do each subject in 10 min increments and we don't do every subject every day. Obviously you would be able to tweak that with a 5th grader as their attention spans are longer but I'm sure you'll find a system that works for you and don't be afraid to yell for help. We've all been there - we've all looked around and thought "what did I do?" but once you find your groove, you'll be fine. :D

I can't answer your question about testing, unfortunately as I have a year old. I haven't even had to fill out the paperwork yet as he has not reached compulsory age in MN - that'll happen this fall when he turns 7.

Oh, and if you decide to join MHA, take your MHA card to Barnes & Noble and get your Educator's discount card. You get 20% off school related books and 4 times a year they have Educator's Week with all kinds of sales and events. :D Borders may have a similar program as well. I don't have a Borders where I live so I'm not entirely sure on that one.
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