As a homeschool mom, who once had a career that involved management
and travel, I recognize that even though my current job is a daunting
one, there is still more I can fit into a day. [read
Is My Child Gifted?
can be the most rewarding and most challenging task you will ever
undertake. Homeschooling the gifted child presents its own special
set of challenges. [read on]
Java House... radical opinions about whatever, from OldSage
at The Java House:
Who is OldSage?
you Kidding Me”
We're Not Going Back to School
Our Teens Don't Have an Interest in Our Government
Your Privacy: An Ongoing Saga of Passing the Buck
to The Java House
Are Your School Records Private?
by Amy Cortez - Editor The Eclectic Telegraph
If you are a student at a private school or a public school you
probably ought to know that your records are not really yours. This
holds true for homeschooled students in most states in less you
take care of this little detail. A little item called the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows a school to release
personal informational items such as: your name, address, telephone
number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of
attendance to pretty much anybody, including the military....
From the US Department of Education (Promoting Educational Excellence
for all Americans) website:
"Generally, schools must have written permission from the
parent or eligible student in order to release any information from
a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose
those records, without consent, to the following parties or under
the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31).....
Read more about FERPA
may disclose, without consent, "directory" information
such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place
of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools
must tell parents and eligible students about directory information
and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time
to request that the school not disclose directory information about
them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually
of their rights under FERPA."
more about FERPA
you are in a state where you notify your local school system of
your right to homeschool, you might think about including text similar
to the following (you'll need to replace the Ohio code with your
own, or quote FERPA):
...Enclosed is a brief outline of our intended curriculum for
informational purposes. This outline and list are for informational
purposes only, and remain the private property of our family, not
public records subject to Ohio Revised Code Sec. 3319.321(B)(1).
If any third party requests access to this information, please return
these documents to us rather than violate our privacy.
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 3319.321(B)(2)(a), I hereby
inform the school board that no personally identifiable information,
including directory information, should be released without our
prior written consent. We also request that the local school district
refrain from sending us information concerning their digital academies,
community schools or other offerings....
You might also need to include requests like this if you are
taking online courses in other states. We encountered this situation
over the summer...read about OldSage's
is the difference between Regular Honors classes,
AP classes and the International Baccalaureate
You a Helicopter Parent?
[From the College Board]
Helicopter parents hover.
Does One Decide Which Colleges to Apply to? From the
Kaplan Test prep website
to Homeschooling Teens
Consider it your bloggy homestead. You feed the llamas and
I'll build the windmill, okay?
sample of the writing
sorry I fight with you
Are you sick of your PDA running out of batteries and erasing
your entire yearly schedule because you are simply too busy
to hot sync it, or whatever they call it nowadays? Are you
saddened by the ruining of your cell phone and iPod and
PDA through the repeated dropping of them in to puddles
and toilets? Do you feel like a big dork wielding too many
electronic toys in public? Well, if so, then welcome to
Matt McGabb’s Blog about Admissions, MIT and MIT Admission
Matt McGann - Associate Director of Admissions
sample of the writing
....MIT has a long history of admitting homeschooled students,
and these students are successful and vibrant members of
With The Kid
about our adventures in our own back yard and on the road!
From a mom who has been homeschooling and traveling with
a highly gifted student for more than 5 years.
sample of the writing
Back to School
Every homeschooling family celebrates a “Not Back
to School Day”, at least that is what I like to believe.
Our day to celebrate was Monday this week. The plan was
to go to our local coffee house to catch up on the latest
news with the coffee-house-posse, to go to Staples to not-buy
back to school supplies, to go to Morgan’s Livery
one last time to kayak our favorite river and then to Eat
at Joe’s (Joe’s Crab Shack) on the river for
to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Web Site
From the website:
WARNING: Before entering this homeschool site, be sure small children
are safely occupied, you have gone to the bathroom, and have plenty
of snacks on hand. This is a large education site with lots to
read and do!
“Long before it’s in the papers”
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Kids at Home
A practical website geared towards homeschooling and traveling with
gifted and talented students.
From a mom who has been homeschooling a highly gifted student for
5 years. Here you will find ideas about how you might homeschool
your gifted student. Ideas about how to homeschool and travel.
Join or form a Leago League team.
LEGO® League International
An international program for children ages 9-14 (9-16 in Europe)
that combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program with a
sports-like atmosphere. Teams consist of up to 10 players with
the focus on such things as team building, problem solving, creativity,
and analytical thinking.
Each September, a new Challenge is unveiled to FLL International
teams across the world. Over the course of 8 weeks, they stragegize,
design, build, program, test and refine a fully autonomous robot
capable of completing the various missions of the FLL International
"Robot Game" Using the LEGO MINDSTORMS™ technology.
They also search the web, talk to scientists, visit the library
and develop compelling presentations based on the FLL International
"Research Assignment", which relates to a problem or
opportunity facing the world today.
In Ohio: www.ispaceohio.org/
Queen Elizabeth I welcomes you to 16th Century England where you
can experience a full day of family entertainment & amusement
in a permanent 30-acre English village.
400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth REMBRANDT
AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF DUTCH ART
Treasures from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Opening September 24,
2006, The Dayton Art Institute is one of only three U.S. museums
to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see rare Dutch masterpieces
while the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam undergoes an extensive renovation
and expansion project.
discovered a 23 million year old carnivorous kangaroo?
Check out the October 2006 issue of Discover
Best Homeschool Laws in the USA are the ones in Utah.
is no longer one of the three "approval" states. Massachusetts
and Rhode Island are now the only states remaining which "approve"
homeschools. The discretionary approval authority of the school
district over homeschoolers has finally been eliminated in Utah.
Senate Bill 59, Senate Bill 59: Homeschool Freedom Bill, passed
both houses of the Utah legislature unanimously early in 2005. and
the governor signed it into law on March 18, 2005.
The bill provides that a school-age minor shall be excused from
attendance upon the filing of an affidavit by the parent stating
that the child will be homeschooled. This bill makes it clear that
a parent is in charge of the child's education. It states that
The parent is solely responsible for the selection of instructional
materials and textbooks, though the required subjects must be
The parent is solely responsible for the time, place, and method
of instruction, though a child must be taught "for the
same length of time as minors are required to receive instruction
in public schools."
A school board may not require a parent to keep records of instruction
A school board may not require credentials for individuals homeschooling
A school board may not inspect homeschool facilities.
A school board may not require standardized or other testing
of homeschool students.