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Homeschooling in New York
Hi my name is Johnna and I homeschool in New York. I am a Christian, first of all, wife to the same wonderful man for almost 19 years and mother of three. I love having my children home; to watch them grow and develop is of utmost importance to me, and to have the primary influence in their lives, as opposed to school teachers and peers, is vital to their growth and development in my view. The other joy of my life is serving the Lord with my voice; I love to sing praise and worship music and Southern Gospel music.
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Legal disclaimer: This section is one family's story and how they meet the mandatory school attendance laws in New York. 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.
Finding Support and Resources in NY
The best local resource, especially for new homeschoolers, is the local LEAH (Loving Education At Home) group. A family can find one for their area by going to the New York State LEAH website. There are a multitude of helpful websites for anything from spelling courses, history, science and math, as well as resources for buying and selling used curriculum.
Homeschooling in New York can be Difficult at Times
Homeschooling in New York can be difficult at times. In one respect, it is good to have the accountability from the school districts, but on the other hand, who knows our children better, the school district or us? We have it reasonably easy in our area because the gentleman who heads up the homeschool program is sympathetic to our desire to homeschool, but not all districts are so blessed. I feel that as long as our children are learning what they need to succeed and doing things they enjoy and can also learn from, I don't see the need for all the paperwork that New York State requires. This just adds to the long list of work the parents have to do in addition to teaching and raising their children.
When a family decides to homeschool, and every year thereafter until the child graduates, a parent is to submit a letter of intent to homeschool by July 1. Within 14 days of the start of the school year, an IHIP is to be turned in to the district office. An IHIP includes a list of all curriculum a family intends to use and/or a plan of instruction and names of instructors, etc. They must also submit dates for submission of quarterly reports that they must turn in on or near those dates. Year-end testing is a requirement, although not every year until the ninth grade.
Each year I go back to the records I have on my computer and, using the forms, retype the information and print them out. Of course, hours of research go into determining which curriculum I will use prior to writing up my IHIPs. Quarterly reports are my weakest point -- I am not a good record keeper. Of course, Time4Learning has been a big help on that end because of the portfolio kept for each child. In a nutshell, we fulfill the requirements the best we can, and that's all the district should ask.
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 Homeschool Days
Our homeschool days are quite uneventful since each of my children works pretty independently. My son, Josh, and daughter, Mary, take turns at the computer doing their Time4Learning. They intersperse chores and play time between their turns at the computer (they also eat... a lot!) Josh and Mary use T4L as their primary curriculum and we supplement it with other websites such as Internet4Classrooms.com or Mr.Nussbaum.com and activities such as working in the garden or volunteering at our local animal shelter. My oldest son, Clark, works at his Christian Light books independently too, interspersing chores, reading and eating between subjects.
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!
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If you have any more questions or comments about homeschooling in New York, head over to the New York 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.