to Rocky Mountain Education Connection (RMEC for short). This is the place to find the most in-depth and comprehensive FAQ on the legalities of Colorado’s home school law, and what your options are, explained in plain English by a homeschooler with 22 years’ experience (that would be me): The Colorado Homeschool Law in a Nutshell.

The Rookie Workshop for New Homeschoolers (coming soon) is my straightforward, easy to understand and often amusing how-to guide for new homeschooling parents. Most websites call such workshops “homeschooling 101″. That’s fine — it’s certainly descriptive — but it’s not me. I have this wry sense of humor that finds its way into most everything I write. It’s a clinical thing; I’m taking pills and having injections for it.

Where was I? Oh yeah. The Rookie Workshop compares the different kinds of home education styles: their pros, their cons, their monetary and time investments. It also explains deschooling, learning styles, teaching styles, how and why to name your homeschool, calm the relatives’ fears, and create a free/cheap curriculum from the world around you. I ‘spose we could just call it “22 Years Of Experience In A Box”. Or, in this case, a pdf file. If you need help sooner than that, contact me (Cindy). We’ll set up a private consultation.

Unschooling. RMEC is Colorado’s only statewide unschooling site. Here you’ll find articles on why unschooling works, how to ease into it, how to teach all the required subjects, and how our unschooled children get into college and fare as adults. RMEC is not about selling you pricey Prepackaged Curriculums, or advising how to ‘make’ your child study Whatever.

So. If any of this sounds like what you’re looking for, c’mon in, set a spell, take only what you need and leave the rest. Lots of comfy chairs ’round here …

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