to Relaxed Homeschooling and Unschooling in Colorado — Made Simple! RMEC is the original, the only, statewide unschooling site in Colorado.
The first questions I usually get is: so what is unschooling and relaxed homeschooling? They’re “methods” of homeschooling. They entail letting your child learn at their own pace, without setting up “a classroom” or buying pricey curricula. They’re flexible and won’t drive you crazy trying to ‘play teacher’. The next question is, but does it work? Absolutely. My sons were accepted in to college at ages 14 and 16. My oldest received a CISCO Networking degree. My youngest just graduated with a BS in Mathematics, with Honors. And I had little to nothing to do with these accomplishments. I just had to learn the hardest lesson of all; to sit on my hands and trust them.
The Colorado Homeschool Law in a Nutshell
Do our legal requirements leave you with more questions than answers? Wondering where and how to start? You’re not alone. Here’s the most in-depth and comprehensive FAQ you’ll ever find on what Colorado’s Home School Statue means — and best of all, it’s in plain English.
The Rookie Workshop for New Homeschoolers (coming soon) is my detailed, fun, how-to guide for new homeschooling parents.
Need a private phone consultation? Email Cindy.
Bill Nye The Science Guy’s tv shows are available on Netflix starting today!
Are you science-challenged but fun-loving like me? And you have no idea who this Bill guy is? Check out Bill’s most epic song parodies for an idea of what his shows are like (funny! AND understandable!)
The Food Network Now Casting for “Kids Baking Championship; Season 2″
Have a young baker aged 8-13 who loves to bake? Who can make 3-4 scratch recipes on their own? Win money, get 15 minutes of fame! And even if that doesn’t happen, baking and cooking are wonderful ways to teach Math and Science (and possibly a little History too; if you’re making Grandma’s recipe, share the origin of her recipe — or if you don’t know, postulate about it — substitutions she made and why, your childhood memories of making this same thing alongside her, what her kitchen looked like, what was going on in the world at the time, etc. Or explain about the spices or ingredients that are native to the region and that’s why they’re used in so many
Colorado’s 2015 Testing-Reduction Bill Passes
This does not affect homeschoolers, because our law is separate from public school law, but it’s good to see parents and teachers standing up and fighting back. See the summary page on exactly which tests are impacted here.
Tax Credits for Nonpublic Education (Homeschooling): KILLED
SB 045, was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, passed a second reading in the Senate and finally defeated by Democrats on the House Education Committee, in April, 2015.
The reasons against it 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 us.
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.
Proficient in One State May Not Mean Proficient in Another (Never Mind the Global Economy)
When the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law became law in 2001, each state had to set its own standards and define what “proficiency” was to mean. But in the years since then – unbeknownst to most parents and education watchers – the term has come to mean very different things in different states.
Filtering and Surveillance Should Not Be Considered Protection
There is no free lunch. Or “free computers”. Look at what kind of tracking apps those online-school-at-home academies have installed.
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.
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