to Relaxed Homeschooling and Unschooling in Colorado — Made Simple! RMEC is the original, the only, statewide unschooling site in the state. I’m Cindy Englan Wentz, your host and veteran unschooling mom of two grown, comically messy, introspective, home-owning, college-educated sons. We began our journey in public school, with one child labeled “gifted” and the other “slow”. In 1993 I pulled them out of 5th and 1st grades, as scared and lost and confused as it gets. Within three years the oldest was in college, I launched RMEC and started counseling new homeschoolers. My “slow” child received his BS from the University of Colorado last fall. With Honors, mind you. Does unschooling work? You betcha.

Most newcomers ask, so what are unschooling and relaxed homeschooling anyway? Very simple. They’re “methods” or “styles” of homeschooling. They allow your child learn at their own pace, without you setting up ‘a classroom’, buying pricey curricula, or wearing yourself out trying to ‘play teacher’. Unschooling is the oldest, easiest, most natural way to learn. People have taught themselves this way for thousands of years. We just didn’t have a name for it until the 1980s when author John Holt coined the term “unschooling” after years of observing how children learn. Sadly, social pressure, our own compulsory school indoctrination and lots of meddling from “educational experts” have convinced us parents that we’re not smart enough to do this anymore. We’re not equipped. We’re not certified. Balderdash! I’m here to calm your fears and debunk such nonsense.

The Colorado Homeschool Law in a Nutshell
Do our legal requirements leave you with more questions than answers? Wondering where and how to start? Here’s the most in-depth and comprehensive FAQ you’ll ever find on what Colorado’s legal requirements are (and aren’t). Best of all, it’s in plain English.

The Rookie Workshop for New Homeschoolers (coming soon)
My truthful, fun, how-to guide for new homeschooling parents.

Cindy is available for private phone consultations.

Colorado Homeschool Law in a Nutshell was such a relief to read through and finally understand what was going on in just a few minutes. Before reading I was pretty confused, not at the overall idea, but at some of the important details. After reading I paid Cindy for a few minutes of her time as well; the money spent on the e-book and time I can honestly say is some of the best money I’ve ever spent. I’m so happy & relaxed about home-school now, the book was amazing and she made perfect recommendations. We only found it a few days ago and we’re 100% taken care of now, thank you Cindy!

                                                           — Micah and Teresa in Colorado


The Empty One (The Fallen Conviction Book 1)
by Matthew Stanley. What happens to an unschooled kid who refuses to read until age 10? Why, he just might grow up to become a published author. Yes, this is my son. And yes, this is an unabashed plug for his first book. :)

A Miracle On Trial: A Critical Analysis of The Mathematical Miracle of the Quran
And that same unschooled, un-pushed, unhurried child could then write a second book. This one is non-fiction.

Project Learning Tree – Colorado
K-12 classes, excursions and get-togethers OUT OF DOORS! Exercise, fresh air, talking face-to-face. What a concept, huh? Also FREE TREES for teachers! Sponsored by the Colorado Forest Service.

Wanna Chat With Other Denver Metro Unschoolers?
Create a user name and password and join right in! Easy-peasey.

Christian Youth Theater – Denver
An extra-curricular Theater Arts education program. Winter Classes for 2016 enrolling now!

Senate Democrats Move to Fund Universal Pre-Kindergarten
Pretty soon kids won’t have time to have a childhood anymore.

Tax Credits for Nonpublic Education (Homeschooling): KILLED
SB 045, was approved by the Colorado Senate but defeated by the House Education Committee (mostly democrats). Dateline April, 2015.

The reasons against the bill included: “It forces taxpayers to fund religious indoctrination” and “It uses public dollars to fund private education” and “It entices and induces parents to leave the system.” Really? Many of us don’t homeschool for religious reasons. We’ve already decided to leave the system anyway (and will do without, thank you very much). Meanwhile the public schools STILL receive the lion’s share of our property tax dollars — but I don’t hear anybody complaining how unfair that is to homeschoolers.

State Board Endorses Anti-Common Core Bill
The Colorado State Board of Education voted 5-2 to a Republican-sponsored measure that would pull Colorado out of the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC testing group, reduce state assessments, and give districts more testing flexibility.

Is Your Bank Supporting Common Core? There’s Now an App That’ll Tell You.
Before opening a new bank account, filling up your tank, shopping for groceries, purchasing a computer, booking a flight or visiting a drug store, find out which political causes those companies are spending your money on.

Filtering and Surveillance Should Not Be Considered Protection
There is no free lunch. Or “free computers”. Take a look at what kind of tracking apps those online-school-at-home academies are installing on your kid’s “free” computers.

A Student Critiques What She Calls “Blended Delusions”
“In my opinion, technology’s place is not in the classroom, at least not for the most part. Sometimes it is necessary, but most of the time, it only serves as a distraction and offers activities that inhibit productive, successful learning.” — A 2015 high school senior.


Behavior Labeling

If an adult is reinforced for behaving appropriately we call it recognition.
If a child is reinforced for behaving appropriately we call it bribery.

If an adult talks and laughs we call it socializing.
If a child talks and laughs we call it misbehaving.

If an adult writes in a book we call it making notes.
If a child writes in a book we call it destroying property.

If an adult sticks to something we call it perseverance.
If a child sticks to something we call it stubborness.

If an adult is not paying attention we call it preoccupation.
If a child is not paying attention we call it attention deficit.

If an adult hits a child we call it discipline.
If a child hits a child we call it fighting.

Please know that I only link to sites, articles and products that I personally know or have checked out thoroughly. I don’t link to “junk sites” or those Johnny-Come-Lately Mega-Corps who could care less about homeschooling … but have discovered we’re “a market” and only want to sell us something. If you have a negative experience, let me know and I’ll check it out. — Cindy