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Postby Britta » Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:21 am

We are a Montessori homeschooling family in Virginia. We are currently homeschooling our preschoolers, who will start Kindergarten in the Fall of this year, 2012.I am doing everything I can to be able to continue teaching from the Montessori method, but am nervous and unsure about what exactly Virginia requires for Homeschool families curriculum wise. I was just reading over the Homeschool law in Virginia on this thread but still have a few concerns/questions. I have a high school degree, and am a few classes away from a two year Early Childhood Degree. I also have an extensive work history with children. I have found a few informal Montessor curriculums online, mostly written by homeschooling families, that I could use as guides along with guides about what your Kindergartner should know. I also have several Montessori Guide books as well as Early Childhood text books. Is all this sufficient material to show we are following a curriculum? Is only having a high school degree enough for me to not have to follow a boxed curriculum?
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Postby elliemaejune » Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:31 pm

Britta wrote:We are a Montessori homeschooling family in Virginia. We are currently homeschooling our preschoolers, who will start Kindergarten in the Fall of this year, 2012.I am doing everything I can to be able to continue teaching from the Montessori method, but am nervous and unsure about what exactly Virginia requires for Homeschool families curriculum wise. I was just reading over the Homeschool law in Virginia on this thread but still have a few concerns/questions. I have a high school degree, and am a few classes away from a two year Early Childhood Degree. I also have an extensive work history with children. I have found a few informal Montessor curriculums online, mostly written by homeschooling families, that I could use as guides along with guides about what your Kindergartner should know. I also have several Montessori Guide books as well as Early Childhood text books. Is all this sufficient material to show we are following a curriculum? Is only having a high school degree enough for me to not have to follow a boxed curriculum?


Virginia has no requirements regarding curriculum or methods.

You are supposed to "submit a description of curriculum which is a list of subjects they intend to teach. Families are not required to describe the content of individual courses." That means what it says: a *list* of the subjects you are teaching, not a list of the names of the instructional materials or methods you'll be using. So your list might be taken from your Montessori Guide books as far as what a 5yo might be expected to learn.

I would also strongly recommend becoming a member of HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) before submitting your notice of intent.
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