Support for New & CoVid Homeschool Families in the 2020-2021 School Year

As we all know, there are many families who are deciding that they will choose home education for this upcoming school year. Some of them plan to re-enroll their children back into their local school districts for the following school year.  Whatever is decided, this is a place that you can get a quick introduction to the support information you need.

1. Read this website. Focus especially on the tabs for “Legal Requirements” and “Start Homeschooling”.

2. Join our Facebook group, (CHN) Parents Seeking Homeschool Info, and be sure to answer all of the screening questions so your request does not get declined. Link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1263388143678454/   

If you are already homeschooling and have withdrawn  your child, you are welcome to join the main group which is geared for those families.
CT Homeschool Network, Link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CTHomeschoolNetwork/

3. Learn about homeschool methodologies.  There are many successful ways to instruct your child.  You will need to narrow things down in order to decide which option would be the better fit for your child. You might want to take this quick (free) assessment to learn which of the many home education methodologies to focus on.
Link here

Utilize the links below, and the descriptions that give you a quick insight as to the methodology’s philosophy.

    • Charlotte Mason Method (CMM)   The backbone of the CMM is the use of literature – “living books”. The philosophy holds that children learn best from real-life situations when they have plenty of time to play, create and be involved in real-life situations that they learn from.
    • Classical Education: The Well-Trained Mind There are five tools used as the foundation of the classical method of home education, with an emphasis on literature. The tools are used through three stages of learning; grammar, dialectic & rhetoric, with an emphasis on Latin & Greek.
    • Distance-Online Learning Homeschoolers can use online resources to create their learning experience, or sign-up for an existing online curriculum provider.
    • Eclectic Most homeschoolers use an ecelctic approach, drawing from a myriad of educational resources for their education. They might also use a combination of methodologies.
    • Unit Studies Unit studies are a condensed, deep-dive into chosen topics that can be done in a few months, instead of a full year.
    • Montessori  Children learn at their own pace via exploration, sensory awareness & experience, respecting & following the child’s interests, slow down, involve them in daily family lifestyle, with a focus on simple, natural materials and resources, with less emphasis on technology.
    • Waldorf  This organic, wholistic, liberal arts approach to learning is conscious of the whole child. Standard textbooks are not used, though creative resources are, including self-created ones. The approach was popularized by Rudolf Steiner in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
    • Traditional  There are many curriculum publishing companies that sell quality, complete curricula for all grade levels. Using this “school-in-a-box” approach works for many homeschoolers. There are some for free and others for purchase; all good quality.

4. The Letter of Withdrawal
You need to send a letter of withdrawal (LOW) to your local public school superintendent’s office, or private school’s head of school.  We have a sample LOW on the CHN website. Read the page and scroll down to LOW.  Once you have sent the LOW, your child is then unenrolled as a public or private school student and you are a home educating  parent.  You might be asked to file a Notice of Intent form with the district, and it is important to know that it is n-o-t required by law; it is a suggested procedure.  It is strictly the parent’s decision to file it or not.

5. Understand that you have complete freedom in CT to homeschool as best meets the needs of your child, and there are many methods of success to choose from. You have 365 days of the year in which to complete a curriculum, if  you choose a traditional or online program. They are typically modeled after a standard school year. Since homeschoolers are not limited to Monday – Friday, 9AM-3PM, they can choose from any time of day, and any day of the week.  That’s offers a lot of choice and flexibility to easily fit home education into your personal family lifestyle.

6.How many hours per day does it take a child to do their academic work?
These are averages given to help parents understand that homeschooling doesn’t mean a family is sitting at the kitchen table all day long – not at all. Academic learning is only part of the homeschool experience. What do homeschoolers do with the rest of their day? There are co-ops, field trips, nature hikes, martial arts classes, music instrument classes, museum trips and classes, day trips, library visits, cooking & baking, learning life skills, ice and roller skating, movies, visiting friends, mentorships, dances, and much more. It is a very active, vibrant community with the world as our learning ground.

  • Pre-kindergarten: 15-30 minutes
  • Kindergarten: 30-60 minutes
  • Grades 1 & 2: 45 minutes to 1-1/2 hours
  • Grades 3 & 4: 1-1/2 to 3 hours
  • Grades 5 & 6: 2-1/2 – 3-1/2 hours
  • Grades 7 & 8: 3 to 4-1/2 hours
  • High School: 4-1/2 to 6 hours

    This is a brief overview. In the groups, you will continue to learn, get a lot of support, and move forward with the decision about education that will best suit your family’s needs during these unprecedented times.  We will everyone in CT all the best, whatever they decide.

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