Homeschool Information Night

Are you thinking about homeschooling your children? Do you know how to get started? Are you nervous?

Or are you a current homeschooler that would like to help someone who is wanting to homeschool? Or do you want a different perspective?

Come to our Homeschool Information Night

January 30, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
The Montes Home
Please RSVP to Lisa Montes

freedommom@1791.com

We will have some current homeschoolers who will briefly tell us why they homeschool and we will have some curriculum that we use for you to take a look at. We will also have a Q&A session.

We serve appetizers and desserts.

Husbands and Wives are both welcome to come. We ask that if all possible, you find someone to watch your kids. If it’s not possible, but would still like to come, contact me.

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Unschooler’s 2014 AZ Conference

If you are interested in Unschooling, then I highly recommend joining the Facebook group: Northern Arizona Unschoolers. They post information about group gatherings and other collaboration between Unschooling families.

I just found out from the group that there will be an Unschooler’s Conference in AZ next year. Join the FB group for more information.

Arizona Connections Academy

A few days ago, I received a direct mail advertisement from Arizona Connections Academy. My first thought was how much homeschooling must be growing for homeschool academies to be advertising via direct mail. My other thought was that some others might be interested in learning more about this.

They will have an in-person information meeting on Thursday, Aug 1, at 6:30 pm at Starbucks on 351 N. Montezuma St.

After a brief review of the website, it looks like it provides full public-style instruction in all core classes and many electives. There are also a couple dozen activity clubs your child can participate in. It’s basically set up as a distance-learning/online charter school. There is no cost for curriculum or activities (as far as I can tell). Your child will periodically have a review session (once every two weeks) to monitor progress and learning. Regular assessments will be taken and it will follow core curriculum guidelines. Your child can learn at his/her own pace and (possibly?) take subjects according to their own level.

Once again, another great opportunity for home-based education! Really, there are SO many options out there, it’s hard to keep track of all of them!

School at Homers

Updated July 2013*

One popular way of homeschooling is by selecting a private or public on-line school for your child’s education. The nicest thing about this is that the virtual school is responsible for the curriculum selection and teaching of your child…the parent just has to make sure the child attends and does their homework. It’s a lot like school…just at home. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. I found out just today, though, that if your child receives over 49% of their education this way, they are not considered as homeschooled students in the state of Arizona, see here. Basically it’s an issue of the state funding your child’s education. For that reason, I’m nick-naming these homeschoolers as School at Homers.

But, you are still doing school at home. You and your child are also not really part of the local school’s social scene and PTA (for some of us…thank goodness)…so we welcome all School at Homers here because we all still need a support group. 🙂 And information about extra-curricular activities.

Resources:

Arizona Connections Academy

K12 Arizona Virtual Academy

Sequoia Choice and REACH

The Yavapai County education website has a bunch of great options for virtual academies and on-line classes. These are accredited virtual schools that provide state standard education for your child.

You’ll also find great resources at Homeschool.com, but make sure you find out if the virtual school meets Arizona State standards.

Williamsburg Academy provides a high school classical education via virtual classrooms. You can opt to pay the tuition and attend it as a private school (think: no need for your child to do quarterly state testing) or go through Sequoia Choice and have tuition paid by Arizona State but your child will have to take quarterly tests. I posted an article about this particular partnership here.

 
*Since I last wrote about this, I’ve come across several different choices in providing an education at home that models the public school model. The pros and cons to this depend largely on your personal preferences and even possibly political views. School at home choices receive funding through the State, so your curriculum is no cost to you. They are set up as distance learning charter schools with a teacher who keeps tabs on the family/student to make sure the child stays on track. The curriculum follows State Standards and Common Core Standards. Often these choices will have an additional group gathering/field trip option where families meet once a week/month with others who are learning in the same system.