Homeschooling in Utah
Hi my name is Debbie and I homeschool in Utah. I have two children, a daughter that is 24 and a son who is 10. I home schooled my daughter when she was in grade school and I have been home schooling my son for almost three years. I feel home schooling is one of the best things that I can do for my son. It gives me the ability to teach him "our values" and let him learn at his pace.
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Legal disclaimer: This section is one family's story and how they meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Utah. 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.
Resources for Homeschooling in Utah
Home schooling in Utah is great! There are so many resources available to homeschoolers that it is hard to decide which to pick because they all sound so interesting. There is never a lack of people to get advice from, be mentored by or get hands on help, when I have a question or problem.
I am part of a home school co-op that meets once or twice a week and we share our experience with other families. I teach a CSI class for home schoolers and a self defense class. My son takes physics and guitar lessons.
There are many resources for home schoolers such as these email groups through Yahoo:
A Typical HomeschoolDay For Us
A typical day for us looks like this: my son will do five minute timed math exercise, then he will practice his piano for 30 minutes. We then work in 45 minute increments, and then he gets 15 to do what ever he wants. Play outside, play with the dog, video games etc.
Depending on what subject we are focusing on that day, we will do book-work for the first 1 ½ to 2 hours then he will go to Time4learning.com and work on three or four subjects . We try once a month or so to use one of the several science experiment books that we have to make things from, like a race car made from popsicle sticks, a self-propelled boat made from a pop bottle, an airplane from clothespins, etc. Once a month or so, we will have a "book day" where we just read our favorite book or I will read a book to him. We do not have a TV in our home so that is never a problem.
When I first started home schooling my son he fought me any time I mentioned that we were going to do "English". However when we started Time4Learning, he loved the "language arts" section so much that he would spend hours working on that subject alone. He finished several months of work in just a few weeks. The set up for language arts is so kid-friendly that he could not get enough. He still does not know that "language arts" IS English!
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 Utah, head over to the Utah 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 the number of lessons that are included for each grade and subject. All students have access to at least 2 (and in most cases 3) grade levels of curriculum for each subject, so they can move ahead or review at their own pace.
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.
The Lesson Activity Finder - One of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child. You can visit our hints and help section for more information about the activity finder.
Lesson Planning Worksheet - Wondering how many lessons to have your child do each day? Estimate the number of activities per day using this easy to use, printable worksheet.
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.
Sign up for Time4Learning and gain access to a variety of educational materials, which will engage and challenge your child to succeed. Make Time4Learning a part of your children's homeschool resources.