to Relaxed Homeschooling and Unschooling in Colorado — Made Simple! RMEC is the original, the only, statewide unschooling site in Colorado.
So what is unschooling and relaxed homeschooling, exactly? They’re “methods” of homeschooling. They let your child learn at their own pace, without setting up “a classroom”, buying pricey curricula, or driving you crazy trying to ‘play teacher’. Does unschooling work? Absolutely. It’s the oldest, easiest, and most natural way to learn. All of us taught ourselves that way for years, but sadly, most of us have forgotten, because we’ve been indoctrinated by 12+ years of institutional schooling, culture, social pressure and the advice of “educational experts”. I’m not an expert, btw — I’m just a veteran unschooling mom, a journeyman who unschooled two kids into college at ages 14 and 16 and counseled thousands of parents since the mid 90’s. In fact, if anyone tells you they’re an expert at this, turn and walk away. Run, in fact.
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 finally available on Netflix!
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 Casting Call
Have a young baker aged 8-13 who loves to bake? Who can make 3-4 scratch recipes on their own? They might be a perfect fit for “Kids Baking Championship; Season 2″ show. Win money, get 15 minutes of fame!
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 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.
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