Teen Has Oklahoma Homeschooling Questions

by tobi renee
(skiatook oklahoma)

I'm a Kid Wanting to Home School

I'm a Kid Wanting to Home School

Hello There,

Hi my name is Tobi I live in Skiatook Oklahoma... as a young adult I strive to do what God wants me to do, and he wants me to homeschool... and to tell you the truth I'm scared.

My youth pastor said she would homeschool, so all I need to do is find out how much it costs and etc. I really don't know what to do because my parents won't help, they want me to do it all. I am going to do online homeschool classes. Do you guys know any and how I can get set up in it. If you guys have any suggestions please help...

Thank you

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Oct 27, 2009
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A Place To Start
by: Sharon

I highly recommend that you get a copy of "The Teenage Liberation Handbook." In there you will find ways of doing exactly what you are describing.

Also, you will want to find out what the laws are in OK regarding homeschooling. Every state has different laws, and you want to be sure that you are covering the bases. There is a good summary at HERO of Oklahoma. http://www.oklahomahomeschooling.org/oklahoma-homeschooling-laws.htm

The other main thing to do is decide what you want to learn. Make a list and then scope out the best way for you to learn it. The world is your oyster! Best of luck to you!

Oct 29, 2009
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Online research
by: mrsncook

First, start looking for homeschool groups, online schools, etc in your area. "ok cyber school" brought up:
http://www.heartland.org/publications/school%20reform/article/18230/Seventeen_States_OK_Cyber_Charters.html

Familiarize yourself with the law. "ok homeschooling law" brings up http://oklahomahomeschooling.org/oklahoma-homeschooling-laws.htm

Find out how you parents have to support you. In PA I have to file an affidavit with the school district telling them I'm homeschooling. It has my name, our address, my children's names and ages, and I get it notarized. I send in a medical exemption, too. I type up objectives to send in with those. I keep track of what we do through the year, call the evaluator at the end of the year, and file paperwork on time at the end of the year. I also have to get tests in grades 3, 5, 8 for my children. You have to know about your state requirements so your parents can help with that.

Then decide your curriculum and have at it. I use Netflix. Read, read, read. I'd suggest you start by researching famous homeschoolers. For instance, one wrote the Declaration by reading hundreds of books. One president didn't learn to read until after he was married. You'll find lots of interesting things about famous homeschoolers that I think will motivate you.

Finally, as you know, homeschooling isn't license to slack off. Every once in a while you find a family who wants to avoid truancy by pretending to homeschool, only to sit at home and play all day. Or you have the sensationalized news story about the rare abuser who hid under the guise of homeschooling. Homeschooling is a commitment that both you and your parents have to work on every day. Learning can happen anywhere. I have friends who unschool, and they do very well not having a formal curriculum. I have friends who school at home with a preset curriculum. As I said, we use an eclectic approach of using Netflix videos, which works well with all three of my girls' learning styles. Whatever you choose, enjoy yourself!

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