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posted ago by chicago_prisoner ago by chicago_prisoner +80 / -0

My wife and I are about to make the decision to start homeschooling our kids. Anyone know of any good web sites with resources? I think we have a good source for text books. I need some info on social groups for homeschoolers so my kids have social interactions.

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ProfPeterBoyd 5 points ago +5 / -0

My family uses Seton Home School Grade-by-grade homeschool in a box. Comes to your front door. On line transcripts to show for all grades/classes completed. "Fill in the grades" and some tests on line, the rest are out of the books and study guides. By 6th/7th grade, my kids were 90%+ get through the year on their own.

I happen to be Catholic, and excpet for the religion class, I think it won't offend the sensibilities of most Christian families.

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Ducki305 5 points ago +5 / -0

Ron Paul has homeschooling curriculum available

https://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/

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Agent_86 3 points ago +3 / -0

Odysee Rumble and bitchute have tons of videos on how to get started.

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BerettaStroker 3 points ago +3 / -0

Make sure to find out the reporting requirements in your state. Should be able to just web search "homeschool" and your state.

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Allister 2 points ago +2 / -0

Their name implies Illinois, there are no reporting requirements in Illinois, no curriculum requirements, no grading requirements, no hourly requirements... The only government form is an optional 'Intent to homeschool' and almost everyone advises against filling it out, there is no need to add your name a government database when it's not required... And if your kids are currently in school you should notify the school with your intent to pull/transfer them from that school, be in the middle of year or for the next year, simply notify the school that your children will no longer be attending that school... Don't provide any more details, most schools will push back, but you are not required to tell them anything, just explain you are simply notifying them that your children will no longer be attending so that that they don't mark them as absent and truant, and leave it at that...

Of course, other states differ and some can be a huge hassle with tons of red tape, so you will need to figure out the red tape for your state, Illinois, on the other hand, is red tape free due to an old court case that Illinois lost in the Illinois Supreme Court that ruled that as long as a child was getting and 'equivalent' education form a private or homeschool it was none of the State's business...

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Clandestiny 1 point ago +1 / -0

I have to say, I caught a case of "the retard" when I looked on the pricing page at first: https://fpeusa.org/admissions/tuition

I thought it would be $675 per class (all year) at 4 classes a week. Like, daddy's going to have to rob a bank for you two kind of thoughts at first, lol.

It's obvious to me now, but for that 15 seconds I was shook.

Thanks for the link :)

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BerettaStroker 2 points ago +2 / -0

It's more expensive than some of the other full self-taught options but I wanted some semblance of "regular" school with a teacher since it has to fit in with a parent also working from home at the same time for us.

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Clandestiny 2 points ago +2 / -0

Sure, seems reasonable actually $675 for the year per class per kid.

I was thinking $2,700 per kid per week :D

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chicago_prisoner [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

I looked at this link, and my wife and I really like it.

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GIJ0E 2 points ago +2 / -0

As much as I don't like Nextdoor, I have to admit I found everything from people in my area on there. I joined a group on Nextdoor called Trump Train and when I was considering homeschooling, I posted a message. They literally sent me tons of links to sites and information I need. They also pointed to local private schools that do majority homeschooling and go to actual school one day a week. Just find like minded people and they'll help you out.

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FreeFire 2 points ago +2 / -0

Excellent! It's too dangerous right now to let them in the hands of public schools.

No better solid learning institution than wholly independent Hillsdale College, which offers FREE online courses on the U. S. Constitution, other subjects. They also provide a monthly online paper, Imprimus, on one subject of current interest. These are fine teaching tools. Hillsdale.edu [They take no sort of government money.]
Hillsdale can also provide you with other useful references for schooling at home.

I saw a reference to BooksbyCari.com for home schoolers; they offer books in paper form, or audio, or as e-books, all under $20.

Also, consider checking your own local neighborhood for homes with children who can become a part of your classes, "recess" and "field trip" bunch! Local mothers can take turns preparing meals and fathers can ride herd on the younguns.

I suggest the Federalist Papers for valuable historical knowledge, and to learn what the founders knew and how they thought. They are great teaching tools:

Why Study The Federalist Papers?

Dr. Paul Rahe explains the importance of The Federalist Papers today.

About The Federalist Papers: Written between October 1787 and August 1788, The Federalist Papers is a collection of newspaper essays written in defense of the Constitution. Writing under the penname Publius, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay explain the merits of the proposed Constitution, while confronting objections raised by its opponents. Thomas Jefferson described the work as “the best commentary on the principles of government, which ever was written.”

Hillsdale College   33 East College St    Hillsdale,  MI   49242   USA (Hillsdale College, free online course)

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DeplorableKatie 2 points ago +2 / -0

Here is a Gab group with about 62k members https://gab.com/groups/287

This person has an estimated time per day each child needs. She also posts lots of good homeschool info https://gab.com/Nurturing_Connections/posts/106295781318003152

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Allister 2 points ago +2 / -0

I would like to state that times they listed are pretty much in the ballpark, it's amazing how little time is actually needed when it focused education vs communal indoctrination...

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ebuy123 1 point ago +1 / -0

i did this, you can do this too.

you MUST contact your local school's district office and ask them for the written guidelines and DEADLINES to be approved for homeschooling in your school district. you will be REQUIRED to submit a plan in writing by a deadline date for this school year (likely in only a few weeks) to the district office. the superintendent of schools will review your written plan and may or may not approve it. you may need legal help. BUT. contact the school district office immediately ask them how to get the written guidelines for your district and what your DEADLINE is for this school year to submit your plan.

you do not want to fight back and forth with them if you can avoid it. they can report you to child services in 2 seconds to get leverage over you and they are not a nice group to have to deal with.

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Dallasguy 1 point ago +1 / -0

Khan academy is good too.

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1stLssah 1 point ago +2 / -1

I have heard that alot of parents are creating groups online in order to organize n find other like minded parents to pool resources n money to form small class rooms in their areas n employ an actual teacher.. ya might wanna look online to see if you can find anything near ya.. makes great sense as ya get 5 to 10 sets of parents together. They all chip in and employ someone to teach.. you get to choose who, ya now have a close knit support group of parents to help each other out.. your kids can get socialized if that's what ya want n it seems to be much more hands on with your kids.. I've heard great things about it.. I'd just go online and type things like homeschool in what ever town or city ya live in

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probablyacoincidence 1 point ago +1 / -0

Look up HSLDA. Reach out to them and join. You will get a certification and legal protection in case anyone comes after you. Look up your state requirements for homeschooling. Make sure you are following state guidelines as this is a huge hotbutton for child protective services to investigate and give you problems. Find your local groups. Back in my day they were few and far between, there was one in my state when my mother did it. Now theres are dozens in that same state. Find one you like and join. Socialization only depends on you and and your wife, my children are far better socialized and comfortable than any public school children i know without any of the indoctrination. Then research curriculums. Go online and read, investigate, there are so.many good ones and they are different. Find one that fits your families goals and life style. Some are super strict and disciplined, some are much more free flowing, both can be good for diferent reasons. You may choose to pick and choose different subjects from different curriculums as you see fit. Theres so many resources and so much you can do. You wont regret it. You will doubt yourself and constantly check to make sure you are doing enough. But if you care and invest, your children will be so far above and beyond their peers in every way. Their logic and independance of thought will be head and shoulders above anyone they currently are equal to. You will invest and struggle and work to do everything you can, but your investment will be the most valuable thing you have ever done

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gamingnerd1 1 point ago +1 / -0

Find some parents who also want to homeschool their kids and do it as a group. Keeps the kids socialized while home schooling no. Just a thought.

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Allister 1 point ago +1 / -0

I see your name implies you live in Illinois, lucky for you Illinois is one of the easiest states to homeschool due to an old Illinois Supreme Court case when the state tried to shut down private shooling many years ago...

What you have to do in Illinois to homeschool is to be blunt nothing, at least not formally... There is a voluntary form you can send into the state telling them your intent to homeschool, but almost everyone advises against it as it tags you in a database and it's not required so don't give them any info...

The only thing that most advice is that if your kids are currently in public school, notify the school that they will be transferred out so that they don't end up in truency logs... You don't have to tell them where they are transferring or that you are going to homeschool, they will likely push for this information but refuse to answer and just tell them you are simply letting them know they will not be attending that school next year for truancy reasons... If you kids have never attended school no need to contact that school at all since they won't be in their records as students...

Again this applies to Illinois, every state is different...

In Illinois (due to that court case) you simply have to provide an equivalent education, there are no testing or curriculum requirements at all, but most advise that you at least keep some logs showing what you taught and notes or grades so that if you ever find yourself with jack boot thugs at your door you have something to back up the claim you are homeschooling and providing that equivalent education...

Contact local homeschool groups, many libraries are a good place to start as many libraries now have homeschool programs you can attend so that the kids get that group interaction... Meet those other homeschoolers and connect on Facebook (even though you may not like it) there are many homeschool support groups on Facebook... You will find out very fast that most homeschoolers are conservatives, so even though it might be a library program, it's not going to be a liberal government setting...

Curriculum can be all over the place, there are obviously religious curriculums, as well as devoted conservative curriculums, we personally use Power Homeschool as a base curriculum and review what they are actually learning and skip what we might not agree with, and we add in 'unschooling' stuff basically doing real-life stuff like shopping, crafts or household stuff instead of school some days... Note that Power Homeschool is the same curriculum as Acellus Academy that some smaller 'real schools' use but Power Homeschool is the non-accredited version, but that doesn't matter in Illinois... I'm not saying Power Homeschool is perfect, but we find it to be a good foundation and the kids all took to it very well...

Again feel free to reach out to me if you have any specific questions about Illinois homeschooling...