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tamelroy

I am new and could use help

I haven't even done the letter yet, I am scared if I do it wrong they won't let me home school. I need my son out!!! He is only 6, he has a teacher that he has been saying is mean, but the other night he started shaking really bad and crying. He is really afraid of her!! I have been wanting to do homeschooling but I have been scared that I will not do a good job. But after this all I want is him home with me. Please any one that can help me to make sure the letter is right and I need material to get started. I can't afford much right now, but I want to do the best for him. Where do I get material? What I have seen doesn't seem to be much, it is more games then actual work. I don't know if I am looking in the wrong places.

To sum it up, I need someone to really help me with the letter that it is 100% right to (charles) I don't want to mess it up.

I need material that I can print and is free right now.

Thank you in advance to any help, I don't want my son messed up any more then he is from this school.

Tracy



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mayamay

My school district has a form that you fill out. Call the school district office and ask them what the process is for you. Also ask them if they have materials you can use--an outdated textbook is probably 85% or more the same as the current one, maybe even more in the early grades, and ask them for your state curriculum.

Reading and writing and 'rithmatic are still the basics. Check your public library. There is a series of books: "What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know," "What Your First Grader Needs to Know", and so on.
Ask a librarian to help you find resources in your library.

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tamelroy

mayamay,

Thank you for your response, but lets just say the school district doesn't want to help? Wouldn't I have to go to the school itself and ask all this? I am sorry if I seem so dumb this is all new to me. And to tell you the truth I am scared to death. I am on the verge of going to the school as it is and asking what is this teacher doing to my child.

I have been on the computer all day looking for materials I can use for him. I know he will do better with me then this school. I just have to prove it to them.

Thanks again, I will go to the library too and check it out. Our library hours are not the greatest it is hardly open, but when it is I will go.

Thanks again, sorry I seem so frantic, but what I seen the other night with my son, I am on the edge big time!

Tracy

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mayamay

Just call the school district office on the phone to ask them what the process is to withdraw your boy from school. If they have a process, they will tell you. I remember how emotional I was when I withdrew my first home-school student from conventional school, but the people at the district office are not (usually) emotionally involved.

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2xstepmom

Withdrawal information can be obtained by calling the school district main office for the procedure, which is usually not complicated. There are home schooling groups in nearly every area, the one we joined when we made the decision to begin homeschooling my daughter was very helpful in getting us started. The books mayamay suggested have useful information also.

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tamelroy

Well I know I have to submit a letter, but here is the thing. Just your thoughts, where you guys have been through this. I just got in a fight again today with the nurse. Now, is it possible they give me a hard time when I stroll in there with the letter that MA requires? They could deny me right?

The thing that stinks I don't even have Anthony's doctor support with pulling him. She wants me to basically kiss their butt, and sit in on his class, now I am not that dumb, the teacher I am sure will be nice as pie! I don't know if I should see a lawyer, or what. I will be moving soon, but this school has done so much damage I can't take it anymore!

Thanks guys for your replies, I am so sick over this I can't even think straight any more!

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mayamay

Your rationale for deciding to homeschool is not required. School officials do not need to know your rationale. If it is known to them they do not need to agree with it. . . . The school cannot legitimately evaluate your educational plan on motive, only on content. Your rationale is extraneous information; your plan should speak for itself.

From this website: http://www.homeschoolinginmassachusetts.com/gettingstarted/legal/statela...

In my plan, I included the textbooks and time I intended to use in teaching different subjects. My state no longer requires a plan, just an agreement to spend 5.5 hours for 180 days educating my child.

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tamelroy

Thanks for all your support! Now, I don't have much money right now, I am in the process of loosing my home. So, I was thinking of K12, but not too sure yet, or even the deschooling to give him a break from text books, but I don't think they would ever approve that one. Any way this is what I got so far, tell me what you think, and any changes I should make before I go in there.

Education Plan for Anthony McElroy age 6
DOB: 08-22-2004
Tracy McElroy and Francis McElroy

Anthony McElroy will be taught at home at kindergarten level we will be covering reading, writing, the English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, history, science, plus more. We mostly plan to use the K12 program, and other online resources.
I Tracy McElroy will be teaching Anthony and I am of competent ability and good morals.
Home school year extends 365 days a year, easily exceeding the minimum 180 days of a public school.
Dated work sample will be submitted upon request.

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mayamay

You have a run-on sentence.
" ... kindergarten level. We will . . . "

If you aren't positive you will use K-12, don't say you will. I am not very happy with K-12 at the 8th grade level here. The interface is very clunky and hard for my daughter to use. You could say you will use online and community resources.

The comment about it exceeding 180 days could be interpreted as picking a fight, which you don't need to do.

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tamelroy

Thank you so much maymay!!!! Just do one more check I fixed it, and this is all I need to bring to the school? Also, should I ask for his school records? Someone along the line told me to ask for a receipt when I take this into the school, do I need proof I took this there? Thanks again!

Anthony McElroy will be taught at home at kindergarten level. We will be covering reading, writing, the English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, history, science, plus more online and community resources.
I Tracy McElroy will be teaching Anthony and I am of competent ability and good morals.
We will provide the equivalent of the 180 days, 900/990 hours of instruction required yearly in the public schools.
Dated work sample will be submitted upon request.

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mayamay

In my state, the request goes to the school district, not the school, and they give you a release so that if you take your kid somewhere during school hours you can show that the child is not a truant.

A style note--you don't have to, but I would figure out how many days are left of school and state that I would provide that many days of instruction. Twenty days each in March, April, and May would be 60. I've never asked for my kids' school records. It might be good to have another perspective. I hadn't thought of that before.