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Oct 04 2012

FAQ about Homeschooling

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Here are answers to questions that people search for when they come to my site.

What are the state homeschooling requirements?
~Each state is different. They have different requirement as to subjects, hours required for instruction, testing needed and a few other requirements. In a previous blog post I share links to each states requirements as stated on the HSLDA website.

What are the easiest states to homeschool in?
~Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas.

What are the hardest states to homeschool in?
~Massachusetts, North Dakota, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Is old fashioned education curriculum classical?
~In a sense it is but it is more of a mixture between classical and modern. “I prefer to teach with a balanced combination of textbooks and so-called living-books. The term living-books was coined by the great educator Charlotte Mason. It refers to books that are fun and interesting to read, books that draw the reader into the plot and educate while entertaining. This curriculum is built largely, but not completely, on public domain texts. While working with these older texts, I’ve discovered that they have a few advantages over modern books. First off, they have high expectations for their readers. These books haven’t been dumbed-down to a lower standard or watered-down to politically correct pabulum. Another quality found in older books is that they were written at a time when God and the Bible were an assumed part of daily life. This contrasts sadly with our current situation where the mere mention of God, Jesus, Christianity or the Bible will get a book banned from the public school curriculum in a heart-beat.” ~Taken from oldfashionededucation.com site.

How do field trips count towards homeschooling subjects?
~Writing what you learned, drawing a picture about the trip, spelling out special words, or calculating the cost to get there and the gas and distance would qualify for math. Just think how each subject could be used. If you can’t incorporate the subject, work on it verbally on the way there or on the way back.

Where can we find information on outings for homeschoolers?
~ Google searches, asking a librarian, searching the local newspaper and travel sites for tourist are a few ways of finding trips to go on. Click here for a post I wrote on homeschooling trips.

What supplies are needed for the Old Fashioned Education curriculum?
~Standard school supplies. But I compiled a list of helpful supplies for homeschooling, click here to see the list.

When is the best time to buy school supplies?
Most people start shopping for school supplies just a few weeks before school starts. But I start shopping in July and up to September. Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Target and Walgreens all start their sales in mid-late July. If you follow the ads every week and stock up on the specials, you can usually complete your supply list for 50-75% off of what you would spend if you just went out shopping a few days before school started. All it takes is about an hour a week to save alot of money.

What questions do you have about homeschooling?

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