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Hawaii Homeschool

Postby BecAntes » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:48 pm

I have read the legal specifications for Hawaii, but still don't really understand.

I know that I have to send in a Notice of Intent before beginning homeschool. But I don't have any idea when I can start homeschool or if I can do it year-round. Also we will be moving to Texas in March of next year. What do I do about the homeschooling then.

I am completely lost as far as homeschooling my 5yr old daughter goes. I need alot of help sorting everything out. Please help!!

Rebecca

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Re: Hawaii Homeschool

Postby elliemaejune » Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:20 pm

BecAntes wrote:I have read the legal specifications for Hawaii, but still don't really understand.

I know that I have to send in a Notice of Intent before beginning homeschool. But I don't have any idea when I can start homeschool or if I can do it year-round. Also we will be moving to Texas in March of next year. What do I do about the homeschooling then.

I am completely lost as far as homeschooling my 5yr old daughter goes. I need alot of help sorting everything out. Please help!!

Rebecca


You might be making it more difficult than it really is :-)

As I read the law, you notify the principal of the public school your dc would attend...whenever you decide to hs... today, tomorrow, next week...whenever. There's no reason that you can't teach your own dc any time of the year, all year.

When you move to Texas, you won't have to do a single thing. Texas is the happy recipient of a court case decision which makes homeschools equal to private schools, and private schools are not regulated by the state. When you get here, just keep on hsing :-) You don't have to tell anyone or nothin'.

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Re: Hawaii Homeschool

Postby BecAntes » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:03 pm

I tend to make things more complicated than they might actually be. I overthink things sometimes. :oops:

So when we go to Texas, we don't have to notify anyone that our daughter won't be going to public school? What about if we decide to put her in public school, do we just enroll her?

Any and all advice is appreciated.

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Re: Hawaii Homeschool

Postby elliemaejune » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:41 pm

BecAntes wrote:I tend to make things more complicated than they might actually be. I overthink things sometimes. :oops:

So when we go to Texas, we don't have to notify anyone that our daughter won't be going to public school? What about if we decide to put her in public school, do we just enroll her?

Any and all advice is appreciated.

Rebecca


I tend to over-think things, as well, so you're in good company, lol.

Nope, you don't have to tell anyone that you're hsing. Very kewl :-)

If you decide to enroll her in school (public or private) there are some things which will make it easier:

Immunization records
Photocopy of her birth certificate
Some sort of academic records, such as recent standardized test scores.

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Re: Hawaii Homeschool

Postby BecAntes » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:17 pm

I read that here in Hawaii (I don't know if it is the same in other states), the kids only take the standardized tests in 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th grades. I may only homeschool her for kindergarten, possibly 1st too. In Texas, do younger kids take those standardized tests? How will that work if they don't?

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Postby Theodore » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:43 am

The only requirement for homeschooling in Texas is that you cover "reading, spelling, grammar, math, and good citizenship". There are no requirements for attendance, qualifications, notice of intent, recordkeeping, or testing, making Texas pretty much as easy to homeschool in as you can get.

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RE:Hawaii Homeschooling

Postby BecAntes » Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:00 pm

Thank you for your help with understanding the laws of homeschooling.

Rebecca

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Postby Mark » Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:09 pm

Theodore wrote:The only requirement for homeschooling in Texas is that you cover "reading, spelling, grammar, math, and good citizenship". There are no requirements for attendance, qualifications, notice of intent, recordkeeping, or testing, making Texas pretty much as easy to homeschool in as you can get.
yeppers...

*smiles from a happy Texan* :)

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Re: Hawaii Homeschool

Postby TXMomTo2 » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:53 pm

BecAntes wrote:I read that here in Hawaii (I don't know if it is the same in other states), the kids only take the standardized tests in 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th grades. I may only homeschool her for kindergarten, possibly 1st too. In Texas, do younger kids take those standardized tests? How will that work if they don't?

Rebecca


Standardized testing (TAKS) begins in 3rd grade. They do begin preparing students in 2nd grade.

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Re: Hawaii Homeschool

Postby elliemaejune » Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:31 pm

This is true, but only for public school dc. Homeschooled dc don't have to be tested.

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Re: Hawaii Homeschool

Postby TXMomTo2 » Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:09 am

Yes, guess I misunderstood, thought she was inquiring about if she only hs'd until K-1st and then placed in ps in Texas.

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Re: Hawaii Homeschool

Postby BecAntes » Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:26 pm

TXMomTo2 wrote:Yes, guess I misunderstood, thought she was inquiring about if she only hs'd until K-1st and then placed in ps in Texas.


You didn't misunderstand. That is what I was asking. I only wanted to homeschool my daughter while we were here in Hawaii. Unless, of course, I really enjoyed homeschooling her and she does really well. Then I might decide to homeschool her longer. But origionally I was asking about placing her in public school after the first couple of grades.

Thank you all for your input. I really appreciate it.

Rebecca


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