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    Smile Hi From California

    I am interested to find out about legal aspects in California
    and also looking for information on what is the best resources are available.
    thank you very much

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    Its pretty easy to homeschool in CA. There are two main routes - independent homeschooling (you fil out a form each year), and homeschooling through a charter school. Charters have more oversight and you are tied to a public school school-year, but they give a lot of assistance and materials.
    The best resources are going to vary based on your particular needs, but he worst resourves are generally going to be online schools, or all-in-one box curriculum. Homeschooling is about individualized attention making education right for your kids - impersonal automated sources, or ones written to the dullest common denominator are going to make everyone miserable.
    If youre interested in charters, shop around until you find one that feels like the perfect match for you. Youre allowed to enroll in your and adjoining counties. Find ones that have enrichment classes, flexible documentation and requirements, and seem like people you would want to be around.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Hi and welcome! Do a search for homeschool charter schools in California. I don't know where you are located, but there are probably a lot of them to choose from.

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    Hello from another Californian!

    When we first left our local public schools, I was very nervous about homeschooling and was afraid to lose my sons' IEP's, so we enrolled in CAVA (California Virtual Academy) which is a statewide online charter school. They use the K12 brand homeschooling materials which are actually quite good. We would meet once a month with a local teacher to review the boys' work. This is a good program if you want to have inexpensive access to traditional school materials and professionals. It is very easy to use and a lot of the program is interesting; however, it is a typical public school day simply done in your house rather than at a brick and mortar school. The first year with them was good especially in the special needs support we got, but by the second year, they had changed their special needs access, and I was quickly realizing that my kids really needed different types of projects to be successful in their learning.

    So, we took the plunge, left CAVA, and started homeschooling on our own. Legally, we register as a private school with the California Department of Education every year. There is an affidavit that you fill out online at the CDE website that registers your school. You are required to teach the standard math, language arts, science, etc and to keep attendance for your kids. The CDE website actually has a great set of pdf's that show what is typically taught in each subject at each grade level which was really helpful for me in designing our own curriculum.

    Good luck with your search for the right schooling decision for your kids. I'm sure you'll find a good fit for you!

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