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Subject: Where to start???
Date Posted: 12/3/2012 7:19 AM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2012
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I am having to teach my 7 yr old son 1st grade at home. He was just diagnosed with AS n the school dropped the ball by suspending him because they diagnosed him as a bully. I am disabled n have a low income and was wondering where do I start? In my state Alabama, u have to be enrolled in program but when I tried to find out what kind I was told home schooling wasn't legal in my state. So I am totally confused. I can enroll him in a church home school program ( confused why this is ok ) which is great but there price for 1st grade books are $210 n wasn't sure if there is a place (website ) where they are cheaper. He didn't go to Kindergarten because its not required so I just bought workbooks to help him last yr. If anyone can help me by telling me what to start with or how to start I really need the advice. I only have one wk to get him started before the school board will cite me for truancy. Ugh. All this at Christmas. Thank you for reading and offering me the info I need to get started. Happy Holidays! Christie

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Date Posted: 12/3/2012 7:26 AM ET
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Oh AS just in case your not sure what this is, stands for Asbergers Syndrome which is a form of autism. He's very smart but socially inept n has some obsessive behavior. I also have a 3 yr old daughter that I'd like to include in some lessons to keep her occupied while I work with him. I'm hoping I don't do this all wrong. I just want to do the very best for my children.
Date Posted: 12/4/2012 11:20 PM ET
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Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states.  Each state makes its own laws on homeschooling.  I am not familiar with Alabama's laws.  I would start by getting some good legal advice from Home School Legal Defense  (http://www.hslda.org/laws/) or Home School Legal Advantage (http://homeschoollegaladvantage.com/resources/homeschool-laws-by-state)  They both have the laws by each state on their site and if you sign up with them, they will help you if you have trouble with the school.  It sounds like it might be worth the money for you to sign up with one of them. 

Dawn H. (DABACF) - ,
Date Posted: 12/7/2012 8:25 AM ET
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This link has a long list of church schools. Many of them are available statewide and enrollment ranges from about $50 to $150. Choose a school that allows you to pick your own curriculum, which is most of them. There are many books already posted on here that can be used to teach first grade. You wouldn't necessarily even need actual textbooks, if you found the list of subjects taught in first grade. You could then use books from here and the library if you are close enough to one to cover each topic. 


I have been home schooling for 12 years in several states, not Alabama specifically, but I can usually figure the laws out quite well. Feel free to pm me if you have more questions!




Date Posted: 2/27/2013 2:01 PM ET
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Christie, the inexpensive, very helpful quick-reads at www.homeschoolhowtos.com will help you out. There are lots of free blogs on that site, too—written by a lady who has 25 years of teaching experience!

All the best to you!