What follows is the fifth weekly post with questions that we frequently hear when we say we are going to homeschool. You gave me your questions and comments, so now there is fifth post!
You asked me:
Do you have to take training, or get any kind of certification?
No. My state does not require any particular training or certification for parents to teach their own children.
Do they provide all the materials?
No. Who is "they"? No, we must select all of our own teaching materials. We have selected our books and supplies to teach from. My state does not mandate the use of any particular books, and does not have any approval authority over our chosen curriculum. My state legislature concluded that that would go against the very intent behind homeschooling.
Will you be in a Homeschool Co-op?
No. We will participate in a weekly gym time with other homeschoolers, and may join in field trips, but all of our educational time will be at home. I would consider a co-op if our child was older and in classes harder than what I am comfortable teaching, or if Dino needed to be in a group setting to learn best.
Will Dino have to take tests to make sure he is being taught the right stuff?
No. There are standardized tests with various companies that we can choose to order, and some schools offer to include homeschoolers when they test their students at the end of the school year, but there are no requirements by my state to do so.
Next week, I will be discussing our chosen curriculum and daily schedule.
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