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    Here is the website for one around here. I think the owner scaled it back this year, though. Dbsam might know more about it. My kids were not a part so all info I have is second hand from friends.

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    Here is the website for one around here. I think the owner scaled it back this year, though. Dbsam might know more about it. My kids were not a part so all info I have is second hand from friends.
    Yes, my children went to Marram last year. We started with 2x/week but changed it to 1x/week. Unfortunately, she closed at the end of the year.

    Prior to opening the school last year, she had small groups of children at her home 1-4 days/week and my children went once a week and another day just for book club. She is doing something similar this year but with specific classes. We didn't participate this year: partly because the classes offered were not for us, some days she had only very young children, and we chose to use our funds for other outsourcing options.

    I really wish it would have worked out. I would like something once a week. I envy those of you who live in areas with a lot of non-religious HS activities.
    Last edited by dbsam; 05-24-2016 at 04:56 PM.
    Almost done with 8th grade (our fifth year homeschooling)
    Dumplett (girl - age 13) and Wombat (boy - age 13)

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    We attend our charter's *enrichment* classes currently 2 days/week.
    One day for *core* enrichments, another day for electives.
    Personally, I dont like giving up two days of my homeschool week - feels like I am constantly imterrupted from doing the things I want to be doing. I also know parents rejoicing that next year (this fall), enrichment classes will be offered 4 days/week.
    I guess everyone finds their own level of comfort.
    Our charter has regular K-5 attendance on Tuesdays (I looked this morning) of about 20 kids. Which is split into K-2, and 3-5. With two teachers, it seems about right for me.
    Because it also has a wide range of skill levels, the classes really are more enrichment and group activities more than buckle-down and learn (IMO). Also, kids that are disruptive are removed from the classes - I think they usually are sent to sit in the lobby (under watch by the admin), and sometimes they are *uninvited* to participate in the class. To me, it guarantees good behavior. I like that about it.
    I also like the split between ages, and the student-teacher ratio. And absolutely zero homework.

    I send my boy for two reasons - 1) for peer interaction with his buddies (and everyone is a friend), and 2) for instruction in subjects I would be miserable trying to cover at home (art, music, etc).

    As Lknomad said, schools for homeschoolers are popular and successful out here. And funded by the state, though.

    I hope this venture works well for you! My suggestion would be to have each course during the 3 days be independent, so you could accomodate people who only want to go 1 or 2 days per week.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.


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    OMG I knew asking all y'all would help, but what great ideas.

    I was going with the 3 days a week because of a similar program and in looking for my kids to form deep relationships. I think they need to push through politeness and really excel and fail in front of peers.

    But I'm kinda with you all, homeschooling is great because of the schedule. I like the idea of a daily focus (or something) and the option of each family picking what is right for them. Also, my rent is based on a per person basis so if this works good but if it doesn't well I won't go totally broke.

    And yes thanks for all the links!

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    Just wanted to mention that here in SoCal we even have a program that meets one day a week at Disneyland and the other day at an enrichment center. One if the charters offers the pass for the kids as part of the program.

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    Holy mother of fuck!

    In case anyone was wondering how this project is going.

    I've relocated twice now because of fire code issues. Now that I've finally found a place (much higher rent) the state is saying that yes I do have to be licensed as a child care facility.

    I was going to add an afterschool program to make regular money in my empty school room but that is clearly child care licensing. But even my microschool is deemed by the agent's supervisor as a small child care facility.


    It is killing me. And I want to be in that space doing STEM stuff. To be the director I need to have early education course work and job experience at a child care center.
    Mom to:
    DS 7 (2nd grader, PS up until mid 1st grade)
    DS 5 (Kindergartner)
    DD 3 (Pre-schooler)

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    As a person who is about the be a vendor for two charter schools here in CA I can tell you that there are a lot of hoops that you will need to jump through. For example, I normally would have to have liability insurance in order to work with kids, but since the learning centers (like the one you are considering making) have their own liability insurance, I don't. So you will have to consider liability insurance. The other thing that I am required to do here is livescanning. Because I come into contact with children. If I hire someone to work with me, they also have to have a livescan done. Livescans can be very expensive, and as a vendor I must do a different one for each school!

    The people who created the learning centers probably have many hoops they have to jump through as well behind the scenes. I just spoke to one about the insurance and she covers anyone who works with her under her insurance. I am not sure what kind of qualifications she needs because she basically supplies a place for others to work with the kids, and she organizes the facility and creates the schedules. She doesn't do the actual teaching.

    There are many situations, but it might be worth it once you get going.

    Just to give you an idea of what is going on here in So Cal. I think all these have been started by homeschooling families and started very very small. Since there is such a need they have grown incredibly. It is going to be a lot of work, but really, if you have families that need it, it will be worth it. You may want to contact someone who has a working homeschool learning center to see how they dealt with the hoops. The person who runs GEE (the first one the list) is quite nice.

    Great Educational Experiences - Home (My son did science here this past year)
    Discovery of Learning
    Celebration Education
    The Arbor Learning Community

    I will be working at this one next fall

    These are the ones I know about. There are others.
    Mom to two boys
    14 year old/9th grade homeschooler
    Non homeschooled son heading to Reed College this fall, and proudly wearing his Reed/Atheist t-shirt.

    I spend a lot of time sitting in an ice skating rink - still

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    starting a school for homeschoolers
    Okay, we are 13 weeks into the school year and I want to go back to homeschooling.

    There have been some great moments to be sure but one of my full time students (more of a traditional private school with 4 day/wk attendance) needs structure or he ends up pitching a fit which often ends in violence. I feel fortunate that I can be there and work with this student -as opposed to him simply being labelled and expelled but I end up holding my breath all day while micromanaging the environment to redirect this student.

    I got pushed into this model of a day school and an afterschool program because the rent in my spot is so high. But in both the day school and the afterschool programs I have to deal with bullies and poor role models.

    These cute little kids are messing with my idealistic notions of what a fun and flexible school looks like!

    If I'm going to increase enrollment next year I need a bigger space which has me trying to figure out what the school will look like next year. Right now I'm thinking of downgrading to 100% homeschooling support. I'm finding that folks don't want to send their kids in for the day, just for the experience, that they are looking for a deliverable be that chemistry or Newton's Laws of Motion. But because I'm so busy with school and afterschool I can't come up with the time to put together an actual homeschool worthy class. I've been offering board game Fridays for free and now we offer a gym class for free to homeschoolers. And these are really just to get PR out there and don't take anymore time than what we are doing already.

    But tonight I'm back here on the boards re-reading the advices already given. I think I could actually make money if I could free up my time and come up with specific classes and opportunities for students by forgetting about the day school for a while.

    One of the spaces I'm thinking of is above the children's museum and I can't help what a wonderful spot that would be. I've been interested in making a older kids version of a children's museum mashed together with a makerspace.

    Once again I'm babbling.

    I'm going to try to paste some pictures of what we've done so far. Plus a link to actual press we got.
    Mom to:
    DS 7 (2nd grader, PS up until mid 1st grade)
    DS 5 (Kindergartner)
    DD 3 (Pre-schooler)

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    Wishing you much success, and also wishing we lived closer , because I'd consider it, though looking at your description, I think only my oldest (DD12) would be up to the day length, and she's just not that enthused about STEM regardless of my enthusiasm...her chief talent is design and art, and I need to think seriously about tailoring her high school years toward a career she'd actually thrive in.

    DS9 LOVES science, but is the least compatible with regular school of all my kids, so I seriously doubt he'd be a good fit for any lengthy class.

    I hope you'll keep us all posted about your class and how it goes. If there were microschooling opportunities in my area, I would seriously consider sending at least DD12, and possibly DS5 (turning 6 soon, and would probably thrive in a class environment).
    40-something mom of 4 kids who haven't been to school, taking it one year and one day at a time.

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    Oops, didn't read this first. Sounds like you have been through the wringer!
    40-something mom of 4 kids who haven't been to school, taking it one year and one day at a time.

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