the network for radical unschooling families
I know this is an old thread but we have been off the radar since moving here in 2006. We have decided it's time to be legal for various reasons. Now the cost of the Farm seems outrageous to me, we have 4 kids and Homelife has that cap on families. My concern is if Homelife will give me grief because I have no records or prior registration.
So I sill haven't done anything and it's September 5....OY!
We are seriously considering a move to middle TN and was curious to know more about the legalities of Unschooling in this state...
I am from MI... its the easiest state to homeschool/unschool.
Do I have to register with an umbrella school? Or is that just one way to do it? My husband has a BS degree. Any info you might have to help us get this info would be great!! I love The Farm BTW and had no idea they had an association for homeschoolers!! And the Homelife Academy sounds good too! Thanks
it's really quite easy to register in TN. the law used to require a college degree once you started into the high school years but they no longer have that requirement. basically, you file your intent to homeschool with the county you live in and then send in a paper at the end of the year checking off all the dates you had school (180 days). they do testing in grades 5, 7, and 9-12. We haven't used the county in a long time so I'm not sure if it's still the same, but parents choose the year their children are in. several people we know, including ourselves, would have a child in the 4th for 2 years and then register them as 6th, doing this until the child is 16 and no longer has to be registered. We started using an umbrella school when samuel was in the 8th grade because neither of us had a degree at the time. We have been using one ever since and I like it enough that even though the laws have changed we're staying with homelife.
We're in middle TN, ourselves. It's lovely here (and land is cheap!). Currently we register with the school district with Mo - which is also free, btw. With Ray, we used The Farm as our umbrella school and found them easy to work with and happy to amend their policies to cover our quirky situation - unmarried dad and step-mom, dad a high-school drop out, not something the Christian umbrella schools want to deal with.