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Homeschooling in New Jersey
Hi, my name is Kathi, and I homeschool in New Jersey! I am a homeschooling mom to my wonderful 6-year-old son. I also have five adult children and eight grandchildren. I retired after working for 20 years in the social work field. I first worked with mentally retarded/developmentally-delayed adults. Then the next 10 years I worked with drug addicted moms and their babies. A little over six years ago we adopted our son from Guatemala. He was 5-months-old when we brought him home. We always knew that we would homeschool him. So when it was time for him to begin kindergarten, we turned to Time4Learning. To help supplement our income I sew. I have a little store on Etsy.com where I sell handmade sandwich wraps, snack bags, produce bags and washcloths.
To find out more about the legal requirements for homeschooling in New Jersey, articles, and state-specific resources, you can also visit one of these sites:
Legal disclaimer: This section is one family's story and how they meet the mandatory school attendance laws in New Jersey. 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.
Homeschool Support in New Jersey
There are many local homeschool groups in New Jersey. I am an assistant organizer for New Jersey Homeschool Hangout. This is a meetup group that can be found at New Jersey Homeschool Hangout. We have regular activities including park days, theater, sports outings, zoos, hiking, and museum trips.
There are numerous groups on yahoo.com for New Jersey including:
All of these groups host a wide variety of activities for the children and parents. There is a brand new Yahoo group for 8 to 11-year-olds but I don't have the URL for it yet. There is also a brand new meetup group just for teens.
For more info on homeschooling in New Jersey, you can refer to:
I Love Homeschooling in New Jersey
I love homeschooling in New Jersey. It is one of the easiest states to homeschool in. Parents are free to homeschool in New Jersey "as long as the education that is received by the child is comparable to the education received in a public school." There are no special requirements of the state, no forms to fill out, no letters of intent, no assessments, no testing. You're basically free to do what you want. If you are ever involved in litigation, you must show that you are offering your child an education that is at least equivalent to public schools. After that, it is up to the state to prove that you are not meeting that requirement.
I do keep records of attendance just in case I would ever have to prove anything. I also keep copies of the work that my son does. This is so easy to do with the daily, weekly, or monthly reports you can print out through Time4Learning. As he completes each subject, I print out the overall report for that subject and grade level.
I LOVE Time4Learning! It holds the attention of my kids, plus I can keep track of their learning without hovering over their shoulders.
I am really pleased with Time4Learning. It has made a world of difference in my son's academic performance in school!
Our Laid Back Approach to Homeschooling
We are pretty laid back in our approach to homeschooling. On the average day, we don't roll out of bed until 10:00 or 10:30 a.m. Then it's breakfast while mom checks email and Dakota plays video games. If we have a morning activity, which we try not to plan, we're off to that. When we come home, we have lunch and then spend one to two hours on Time4Learning. If we have an afternoon activity, we try to do Time4Learning in the morning before we leave.
We try to make sure we spend at least one hour three days a week doing Time4Learning. Some days we are out all day, especially on park days. But we feel that even at the park we still learn. Days that we are at home all day -and those days are pretty rare- we might bake bread or cookies or just play outside in the yard. After dinner, Dakota likes to watch Mythbusters, How Its Made, or something on the Discovery Channel or Science with Dad. Sometimes they build rockets together or work on Lego projects. Then it's time for a bedtime story with Dad and off to bed. Two weekends a month, we go to Rocket Club where the guys launch their rockets.
Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
New Jersey homeschool law includes the freedom for families to pick and choose their own curriculum based on what works best for their child. However, families new to homeschooling quickly discover a dizzying array of choices when it comes to selecting homeschool curriculum. There is no more popular discussion among homeschoolers on the web than the pros and cons of various homeschool programs. After sifting through the homeschool curriculum reviews, most parents end up mixing and matching homeschool programs, trying to create the best match for their child.
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 New Jersey, head over to the New Jersey 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.