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 a BS in Mathematics, a minor in Computer Science, with Honors. This is the child who couldn’t read until age 10, refused to open a textbook, and wouldn’t learn Math until he wanted to enter college at age 16.
The Rookie Workshop for New Homeschoolers (coming soon) is my detailed, fun, how-to guide for new homeschooling parents.
The Colorado Homeschool Law in a Nutshell
RMEC is also the place to find the most in-depth and comprehensive FAQ on the legalities of Colorado’s home school law, what your options are, explained in plain English by a homeschooler with over 20 years’ experience (that would be me).
Cindy is available for private phone consultations.
UPDATE: The Bill to Change Colorado’s Compulsory School Age — Killed
HB 15-1053 which would have changed compulsory age in CO from 7-16 was killed in committee on a 6-5 party-line vote on January 26, 2015. The hearing began at 1:30 and lasted 6 hours. Several of our witnesses had to leave due to the late hour. Three testified for the bill and one educator against it.
ACTION ALERT: Proposed Homeschool Tax Credit Bill for Colorado
This bill creates a much needed tax credit for private school and home school students beginning in 2016. Calls and emails to the Senate Education Committee need to be made by January 29, 2015.
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