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Major Issues- Someone HELP me ASAP please! (PIOG)
by Jortess
March 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM

So I have been homeschooling both my children since the beginning of the year. HOWEVER my prior state did not require a online school or a accredited school for my 9th grade son.

We made a move in the middle of the year to GA, they refused to give him his credits for the first semester that he had completed. They also would NOT accept the portfolio that I had of my son's work. They had told me he  needed to be a a accredited program and must start all learning again even though we already did this.

Well, we are now in FL permanently (we just arrived) I have not checked their laws yet, but I am being told I will run into the same problem here as in GA. I do not want my son to have to do everything over, what can I do?

Time4learning was reccomended to me but they only do up to 8th grade. K12 wants the whole tutuion upfront, are there any other programs that I can use that allow monthly payments?

My daughter is 5th grade, GA did testing on her and said she was at a 1st grade math level and a 3rd grade reading level. She has a IEP from her previous school, she is ADD, dyslexic and very learning disabled, so naturally she is going to be behind. I'm not overally concerned about her, I think so far we are doing great with her disabilities, but I am wondering if there is a program that I can use for her that doesn't allow her to be "stuck" in the 5th grade, whereas she needs to be taught at multiple grade levels, again Time4Learning was recommended.

Any info wouyld be great.

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  • romacox
    by romacox
    March 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I live in Florida, and it does not require what you have been told. We have our own State lobbyist that helps keep our laws friendly to home educators.     Following are some links to help you:

    Florida Requirements (From Florida Parent Educators Association)

    Florida Parent Educators Association:  How To Get Started 

    How To Home School  (Different Methods Used By Home Educators and more.  Note: your oldest may be ready for dual enrolment (free college courses until she turns 18) which is towards the bottom of the page.


  • maggiemom2000
    March 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    One nice thing abouut time4learning is that your child automatically has access to three grade levels. For example, if you enroll her as a 4th grader she will have access to all of the curriculum for grades 3-4-5. You can also ask for different grade levels for different subjects, and you always get the requested grade level, plus the levels above and below.

    You can check out ALEKS for your 9th grader for math. http://www.aleks.com/homeschool

    Kahn academy is free! http://www.khanacademy.org

  • Jortess
    by Jortess
    March 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Thank you so very much!

    Do you know how the Dual program works?

    Quoting romacox:

    I live in Florida, and it does not require what you have been told. We have our own State lobbyist that helps keep our laws friendly to home educators.     Following are some links to help you:

    Florida Requirements (From Florida Parent Educators Association)

    Florida Parent Educators Association:  How To Get Started 

    How To Home School  (Different Methods Used By Home Educators and more.  Note: your oldest may be ready for dual enrolment (free college courses until she turns 18) which is towards the bottom of the page.



  • Jortess
    by Jortess
    March 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Thank you for the info and the links, I will for sure check them out!

    Quoting maggiemom2000:

    One nice thing abouut time4learning is that your child automatically has access to three grade levels. For example, if you enroll her as a 4th grader she will have access to all of the curriculum for grades 3-4-5. You can also ask for different grade levels for different subjects, and you always get the requested grade level, plus the levels above and below.

    You can check out ALEKS for your 9th grader for math. http://www.aleks.com/homeschool

    Kahn academy is free! http://www.khanacademy.org


  • romacox
    by romacox
    March 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Yes,  Your 8th grader can home school ,, and attend college for free until she turns 18.  Some home schoolers have obtained their two year degree before turning 18.  So it is  very worthwhile. 

    Dual Enrollment in Florida (dept Of Education)

    Dual Enrollment Florida State College

    See More Links Here



    Quoting Jortess:

    Thank you so very much!

    Do you know how the Dual program works?

    Quoting romacox:

    I live in Florida, and it does not require what you have been told. We have our own State lobbyist that helps keep our laws friendly to home educators.     Following are some links to help you:

    Florida Requirements (From Florida Parent Educators Association)

    Florida Parent Educators Association:  How To Get Started 

    How To Home School  (Different Methods Used By Home Educators and more.  Note: your oldest may be ready for dual enrolment (free college courses until she turns 18) which is towards the bottom of the page.





  • lifesadream83
    March 7, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/florida.pdf

  • lifesadream83
    March 7, 2013 at 11:09 PM


    We will be moving to Florida for 6/7 months.  From July - February.  I am not sure we will be there long enough to have her tested.  Normally I give her the CAT in May but according to FL law I will have to have a teacher adminster it.  What / where do you have your children tested?

    Quoting romacox:

    I live in Florida, and it does not require what you have been told. We have our own State lobbyist that helps keep our laws friendly to home educators.     Following are some links to help you:

    Florida Requirements (From Florida Parent Educators Association)

    Florida Parent Educators Association:  How To Get Started 

    How To Home School  (Different Methods Used By Home Educators and more.  Note: your oldest may be ready for dual enrolment (free college courses until she turns 18) which is towards the bottom of the page.




  • letstalk747
    March 7, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    good luck to ya

  • Pukalani79
    March 8, 2013 at 12:38 AM

     Good luck!

  • romacox
    by romacox
    March 8, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    There are home educators who also have a teaching degree that will (no test is required), evaluate your child based on their Portfolio  in which you save samples of their work 

    You can find one of them  by calling one of the Florida Home School groups. It is very easy and painless if you use someone use to doing this for home educators.  Don't just use any teacher. There are also other methods listed. Some private schools allow home educators to enroll their child, but educate them at home. I believe the link explains that method as well. I am not as familiar with that one.  

    following are links to the different letters including letter of intent which notifies the State you will be homeschooling, and the evaluation letter sent in by the teacher who evaluates your child's progress.  Downloads


    Quoting lifesadream83:


    We will be moving to Florida for 6/7 months.  From July - February.  I am not sure we will be there long enough to have her tested.  Normally I give her the CAT in May but according to FL law I will have to have a teacher adminster it.  What / where do you have your children tested?

    Quoting romacox:

    I live in Florida, and it does not require what you have been told. We have our own State lobbyist that helps keep our laws friendly to home educators.     Following are some links to help you:

    Florida Requirements (From Florida Parent Educators Association)

    Florida Parent Educators Association:  How To Get Started 

    How To Home School  (Different Methods Used By Home Educators and more.  Note: your oldest may be ready for dual enrolment (free college courses until she turns 18) which is towards the bottom of the page.





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