PLUS - How to Set Up Your Student's Evaluation Portfolio at the Beginning of the Year
It’s midsummer 2020 and I believe it wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that nearly all parents have had some sort of conversation regarding homeschooling this upcoming year due to the pandemic. Lots of parents I have personally spoken to say one of the following:
No matter where you lie, it doesn't hurt to know the facts about how to legally homeschool your children. I'll be specifically linking and siting options pertinent to the State of Florida, however, many of these links will also help guide you toward the rules and regulations of the state in which you live.
Good news is... it's actually quite easy in many, if not, most states in the US!
When I feel anxious about anything, I find that the best thing to do is equip myself with knowledge. So that’s what I hope to impart you with by the end of this series of posts; knowledge about:
Part I: A Step by Step Guide to Homeschooling in the State of Florida, USA
First - Know the Law
The two very first places one should go is to:
1- The Florida Department of Education
2- The HSLDA (The Homeschool Legal Defence Association)
The State of Florida is labeled as a moderately regulated state. Here are the facts:
Food for thought...
Within my research I've come along these bits of information:
Read all the details on the HSLDA website by first seeking your home state and then clicking on the various methods allowed within your state. The state of Florida is very specific as I'm sure all other states are as well. Click here to see your state's requirements.
The Homeschool Portfolio
Some states do not require a portfolio, others do (i.e. Florida does). In spite of the rules, it might be a good reference for the parent and student to keep one any ways for your own record keeping and for the memories.
Legally, in Florida, you must keep a portfolio to account for these basic needs:
I want to be sure that the evaluation process is as smooth as possible so I've set up our Portfolio with sections and logs to make sure I don't forget to account for things throughout the year. Check out how I'm setting our portfolio from the very beginning of the year in this video:
It's more than the Florida laws asks for, but I figure it's always best to start from having too much and scale back at the end of the year. As opposed to scrambling to fill a binder with items that I didn't hold on to in any organized fashion from throughout the year. Here's a great article on why it's important to keep really good records throughout the school year.
I've created a listing for my Homeschool 2020 Portfolio Design in my Etsy Shop: This Is Me Cristi Design if you're interested in grabbing it for your own kiddos and starting the year prepped and ready! There are 23 pages in total in this package! It includes:
Hope you love it as much as I do and I hope you check out the listing in my Etsy Shop today! The free download is below. Enjoy!
I hope that you found this post helpful as you start to equip yourself with more knowledge of what it means to legally homeschool in Florida or that it helps empower you to find the information about your own state.
As I learn more nuances, I'll continue to add to this post to help you all out to the best of my ability. Don't forget to grab your free Homeschool 2020 cover above.
See ya soon!
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