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Homeschooling in Maine
Hi, my name is Jenn, and I homeschool in Maine! I live in Arundel, Maine and our family has two girls, ages 3 and 8, which we homeschool.
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Legal disclaimer: This section is one family's story and how they meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Maine. It is not intended and should not be used as definitive legal advice. In most states, parents find a variety of legal methods to pursue the educational approach that they prefer for their child.
Options for Homeschoolers in Maine
I love homeschooling! I really don't have much to compare it to, but Maine is a great place to homeschool. The laws are easy to understand and follow. There is a very active homeschool community in the Portland area, and many hardworking parents do a great job in organizing activities for children.
There are two different options for homeschoolers in Maine. The first one, which I am more familiar with, is to register with the state as a homeschooler. The other option is to join a non-approved private school, which then registers with the state. With both options, you do not have to do anything until your child is 7-years-old, which is the compulsory age in Maine. For more information on legal issues relating to homeschooling in Maine, you may consult the legal statute for the state.
What You Need To Do
Personally, we choose to register our child as a homeschooler. When she started at age 6, she was already in public school, so we filed our notice of intent that year, the day we took her out of school. Maine requires that families file every year with both the state and the local superintendent. You can find a form to fill out here: http://www.state.me.us/education/hs/index.html.
Along with this form, you need to send in one of two things: the results of a standardized test or a portfolio review done by a certified teacher. We chose to use the standardized test, the Maine Achievement Test, which can be done at home and then mailed to have it scored. I know many families who choose to do a portfolio review as well. A homeschool-friendly certified teacher is fairly easy to find. They provide them at Homeschoolers of Maine, and many certified teachers will post their contact information on homeschool groups in the spring.
Time4Learning is vibrant, engaging, educational, and funny. It sure beats our previous homeschool curriculum which was textbook/workbook based.
Time4Learning is so effective that very little intervention is required. This works great if you're homeschooling multiple children.
Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
Time4Learning's experience shows that there is no single, best homeschool material. Rather than feeling torn between homeschool resources, parents should select a diverse blend of materials and activities.
For families with more than one child, choosing a homeschool program can be more problematic. What works for one child may not work for another. What works for one subject may not work on the next. What works one year, may fall flat the very next year.
Some of the features that make Time4Learning so successful include:
Time4Learning is proven effective with homeschoolers, has a low monthly price, is easy-to-use, and provides a money-back guarantee so you can make sure that it works for your children!
Sign up for Time4Learning as part of your overall homeschool program.
If you have any more questions or comments about homeschooling in Maine, head over to the Maine Parents Forum.
Some Helpful Tools and Resources
Welcome to Homeschooling Guide - Are you new to homeschooling? This guide was written by seasoned homeschoolers to answer some of the difficult questions new families often struggle with.
Curriculum Lesson Plans - An overview of what's available for each grade and subject.
Homeschool Portfolio Information - Answers common questions about homeschool portfolios and evaluations. It includes tips on organization methods, what to include and how Time4Learning can be used as part of your homeschool portfolio.
Online Parent's Forum - Reach out to homeschoolers in your area, join discussions, ask questions and trade ideas on our online community of homeschooling parents. Having the support of seasoned homeschoolers can really help make your homeschooling journey a success.
Hints & Help Section - Whether you're new to Time4Learning, a long term member, or a future member with questions about how the program works, this section answers questions about navigation, lesson planning & previewing, how the teacher guides and worksheets work, and more!
Puffin Academy App - Learn how to use Time4Learning on most mobile devices with the Puffin Academy app for iOS and Android! Get details on this kid-friendly app, including how to download and use it on the go with Time4Learning.