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Subject: I need info. on where to begin.
Date Posted: 12/11/2007 12:01 AM ET
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My son is almost 4 and I really want to homeschool him. Where do I start? I don't know anything about the laws for Louisiana. I do have a school desk I got from Goodwill and I do have the time. Just not sure how to get started. So, please pour your knowledge on me!

 

 

Thanks Michelle for pointing me in the right direction.

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 12:56 AM ET
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Homeschool Legal Defense Agency website onLouisiana law. Looks like you can operate as a private school, and all you really  have to do is provide notice to the public school that you're doing so, within 30 days of the year starting. You don't have to do this until compulsory age, which in LA is 7 years old! At the top of the page I linked, there is another link that will take you to a more detailed description of what the law really is there, and what it means directly. I advise you to read that. :-)

Next, you should know that a lot of homeschoolers don't really advise any formal sit-down learning at the preschool age, or until around ages 5 or 6. Some prefer to do some sort of preschool learning, but some don't. That's a "totally up to you" issue, but you should know that you will probably encounter those who advise not bothering with it at all for at least a year or two. So, you should know - DONT STRESS about it! Whether you decide to start now, or after Christmas, or next fall, or whatever - you have time. Relax, and do some research.

The next thing I usually advise is to read up on learning styles. How does your kiddo need information presented in order to really "get" the concept? Most kiddos fall under one of three categories: visual learners (they have to SEE it), auditory learners (they have to HEAR it), or kinesthetic learners - sometimes called kinetic or tactile - (they need to physically DO it). You can google "learning style quiz" and get a ton of little quizzes to take to see what learning style you are. Take a few of them on your kiddo's behalf, and then google you up some information on that particular learning style.

World Book site about curriculum standards. Click a grade level and it will tell you what a general course of study for that year will include. This is a good starting place to know WHAT to teach WHEN. Another good place for you to look, especially since your state law requires that you teach equivalent to the public schools for each grade level, is to google for Louisiana state public school district sites. Someone will inevitably have their scope and sequence for each grade level, or at least a teacher will have something.

Know this: you dont have to spend a lot of money (or ANY money for that matter) to homeschool. There are free resources all over the internet. Are you a Christian? Hubbard's Cupboard has some fantastic *free* curriculum especially for the preschool-kindergarten set. Check out the two's curriculum! Christian or not, Letter of the Week has some fantastic things (both for letters and other things - browse the full site!), and Starfall has some great kid things for learning to read. Five In a Row is a literature based unit study program - it has you read a single book every day for 5 days, and you do activities related to the book that include every academic subject. There are volumes for "Before Five in a Row" (ages 2-4) and for "After Five in a Row" (ages 8+) as well as several volumes of the original title (ages 4-7). Wishlist it. ;-) Or all of them.... *giggle* Also, Ambleside is a free online curriculum, and there are others.

Hope this gives you a great start! I'm a member of a homeschooling forum that I've treasured for the friendliness and extreme helpfulness of all of the members there. I've learned more from that place than I could ever have gathered from the net on my own in a much smaller amount of time. The ladies there are fantastic! HomeschoolSpot is a very welcoming arena for newbies, as well as a wealth of info and websites, and just an all-around great place to be. I've made several friends there. :-)

I forgot to mention - one other thing I'd recommend is for you to seek out other homeschoolers in your area. Check CafeMom, check yahoogroups, and ask around at all of your public libraries. Someone will know about a group somewhere. :-) Congratulations on your decision! Welcome aboard! ;-)

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 7:31 AM ET
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I'm a Louisiana homeschool mom.  There are two options, either as a home study program or as a private school.  The home study option requires more work, so we do the private school.  I also encourage you to check out the hslda. org site and look for local support groups from their links.  CHEF is a chrisitan state wide organization.  I have a 4th grade son, our school year looks like this.

1.  we send a letter to the state at the beginning of the school year.  We give our start date and number of enrolled.  They send us a letter in return, which I use as "proof" of homeschooling. I use it  to get discounts etc.  (books a million, Barnes and Noble for a couple)

2.  We are required to do 180 days per year. 

I would check minimum age requirement, you may not have to even register until a certain age.  Please feel free to PM me.  We've lived here almost 2 years and find the laws very simple to follow.

 

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 11:24 AM ET
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Thank you both!  That was very informative! Thanks Dalynn for all those links and info. And thanks Paula, I'll surely pm you if I have questions. I'm so glad to have found this part of the forums!

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 6:28 PM ET
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Thanks Michelle! You've been a huge help! I am going to look at those links!

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 9:33 PM ET
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Do you keep copies of certain lessons. Like keep a folder and just make copies? I mentioned to my husband today and he's okay with it! I wasn't sure what he'd think. So, that makes me feel better.

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 9:54 PM ET
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I keep a portfolio of our work. I add a couple things each month.

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 10:42 PM ET
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I do a portfolio as well.  We started homeschooling in a state that required it and have just kept the habit.  I do 2-4 samples per subject per year.  It all fits in a 3 prong folder.