to Relaxed Homeschooling and Unschooling in Colorado — Made Simple! RMEC is the original, the only, statewide unschooling site in Colorado.
What are unschooling and relaxed homeschooling, exactly? They’re “types” or “methods” of homeschooling. They entail letting your child learn at their own pace, without setting up “a classroom” or buying pricey curricula. Both are inexpensive, flexible, and won’t drive you crazy trying to ‘play teacher’. And yes, your children can still get into college. My sons were accepted at ages 14 and 16. My oldest received a CISCO Networking degree. My youngest just graduated from CU Denver with Honors. This is the same child who wouldn’t read until age 10, refused to open a textbook or learn Math until he wanted to enter college at age 16.
The Colorado Homeschool Law in a Nutshell
Wondering how to start homeschooling? Have you looked at the legal requirements and been left with more questions than answers? You’re not alone. I’ve assembled the most in-depth and comprehensive FAQ on what Colorado’s Home School Statue means, what your options are, where to find resources — simple but thorough. And 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? Contact Cindy!
Tax Credits for Nonpublic Education
SB 045, the Tax Credits for Nonpublic Education bill, passed committee on a 5 to 4 party line vote on February 6, 2015. It is now being sent to the Senate Finance Committee. Stay tuned. These updates courtesy of Treon Goossen, co-author of our Colorado Home School Statute.
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, you can now find out how those companies are spending on political causes. Thanks to a free online app called 2nd Vote, consumers have this information at their fingertips for America’s most popular brands.
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. That can’t be good for American students trying to prepare to compete nationally or globally for jobs requiring what proficiency tests are supposed to measure.
Filtering and Surveillance Should Not Be Considered Protection
Before you jump at that “free computer” the public school programs like COVA entice you with, you might want to check what kind of tracking apps they’ve installed … and how they’re allowing your child’s private information to be used.
A Student Critiques What She Calls “Blended Delusions”
A 2015 high school senior writes: “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.”
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