Hslda has this map listed below and they will send a pdf of your state laws to you when you put your name and email address into their form.
States requiring no notice: No state requirement for parents to initiate any contact.
States with low regulation: State requires parental notification only.
States with moderate regulation: State requires parents to send notification, test scores, and/or professional evaluation of student progress.
State with high regulation: State requires parents to send notification or achievement test scores and/or professional evaluation, plus other requirements (e.g. curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents, or home visits by state officials).
Bridgeway Academy has good summaries of laws and compares each states options to each other.
Child Learning Styles:
There are 3 main learning styles, visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
- Visual: Visual learning is a teaching and learning style in which ideas, concepts, data and other information are associated with images and techniques.
- Auditory: Auditory learning is a learning style in which a person learns through listening. An auditory learner depends on hearing and speaking as a main way of learning. Auditory learners must be able to hear what is being said in order to understand and may have difficulty with instructions that are written. They also use their listening and repeating skills to sort through the information that is sent to them.
- Kinesthetic: Kinesthetic learning (also known as tactile learning) is a learning style in which learning takes place by the student carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration. People with a kinesthetic learning style are also commonly known as "do-ers".
The first year we began homeschooling was in kindergarten and was quite difficult. She had just gaduated from headstart and I wasn't sure where she was or what she had or hadn't learned. I also didn't know her learning style. Our day consisted of mostly worksheets and a lot of pulling teeth. Come to find out she already knew what I was trying to teach her and worksheets are not her thing. I finally figured out that she is kinesthetic, which most kids this age tend to lean that way anyway. She may or may not change as she gets older. When I looked into curriculum for 1st grade I limited the worksheets and bought curriculum that had hands on projects. This year has been a whole lot better.
Here is a fun quiz you may want to try to help give an idea of your child's learning style.
Teaching Styles: This is just a fun quiz, but it can give you an idea of how you may want to teach.
Homeschooling Methods: There are many different ways to homeschool. Below is a list of some popular methods used. A combination of the methods may also be used. Example I am a slightly school at home, electic mix.
Most of the curriculum I am familier with is christian/religious based because I was raised with it and now homeschool my daughter with it. There are other curriculums out there that are secular based but I am not familier with them. Please feel free to check into it yourself if what I have listed is not what you are looking for.
Rod and Staff
CBD (is not a curriculum but a store with a wide variety of curriculums including indpendant ones. Great if you are electic.)
I will continue to add tothis post whenever I find something new.