Homeschooling & Unschooling- the Why & the How?

It is amazing how you can look at any situation and think “This is happening for me” which, in a way, all of life is happening for you not to you. If you take a step back and see that there is power there – knowing that there is a plan for you and it’s time to embrace it.

Due to COVID-19 our family martial arts school in NYC is closed, we’ve left the city and are experiencing a major refocusing. It is uncomfortable and there have been times when I’ve woken up crying, spiraling down the poor me tunnel and wishing things were easier. HA, how embarrassing and ungrateful that is….everyday I make a conscious effort to dwell in GRATITUDE and abundance for the things I’ve been given, so I can avoid the self – indulgent path. People have had (and are having) far greater challenges than this. We are blessed with complete abundance of health, family and faith.

It’s been said that the quality of your life is determined by the questions that you ask yourself. (Thank you Tony Robbins). Asking empowering questions motivate people to move forward, lame questions – like “why me?’ make one a victim of circumstances.

What are your empowering questions that are steering you towards a better version of yourself? Mine are:

  • How can I help my children tap into their power and be as great as they can possibly be
  • How can I be a better wife & mother?
  • How can I love myself more fully and completely?
  • How can I serve more people? How can I be more disciplined?
  • Can I defend myself and my family if need be?
  • Can I provide food for my family?

The uncomfortable and undeniable answer to the last two questions is NO. Although I’ve spent years learning stuff, I have very few actual life skills. I cannot hunt, I cannot fish, I cannot build shelter, I cannot make fire and I cannot identify the plants in my area……in other words I am completely reliant on others for my basic human needs. This is completely unacceptable. Thank God, we’ve been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for years, which has helped me have a platform for understanding strategy and practical hand to hand combat skills.

Rather than wallow in the idiocy of this predicament the realization has sunk in that there is no time like the present to arm ourselves with REAL LIFE SKILLS.

What better time to homeschool or Unschool? No work, fewer distractions and the intense and burning desire to get some life skills and avoid the indoctrination of subjects that are absolutely irrelevant. My husband has been talking about homeschooling for a long time but we never pulled the trigger. It is amazing what you will put up with because it is easy. Sometimes it take a major life event to shake you from your duldrum. Although I didn’t love the education the kids were receiving, I felt that it was sufficient enough to get the job done. This is not a reason to offer up your most treasured resources to the state.

Reasons we chose to avoid the public school curriculum for 2020 – 21:

  • Individual choice for curriculum
  • Want the kids to explore their unique passions
  • Want them to spend more time outdoors / less time on screens
  • Do not want them recorded in any classroom
  • Want to avoid unnecessary anxiety about covid
  • Do not want them wearing masks in school

Now that I know Why we are homeschooling, the next step is How?

Step I. The first thing that I did once we made up our minds to homeschool was to go online and join a bunch of facebook groups for homeschooling in our area. All of the following information came from parents who have been doing this for a while and are eager to help. Finding a community is by far the most important first step in my opinion.

Step II: Let your Superintendent know that you intend to homeschool. Here is an example of the letter that I sent:

Step III. Submit an: Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) Required # of hours:  Grades 1-6   900 hours per year / Grades 7-12   990 hours per year.

Here is an example of an IHIP for a 7th grader. I have been informed to not cite any specific programs and / or resources in case you change your plan mid – way you do not want to be locked into anything too specific.

Grade Level: 7

Quarterly reports will be submitted November 2020, January 2021, April 2021 and June 2021.

Basic curricula and resources: Freya will use a variety of methods and tools in her education this academic year, in compliance with Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education. The topics will include, but may not be limited to the subjects required by the Regulations. Freya will attend the equivalent of at least 990 hours of instruction. Instruction will be provided by Freya’s mother, your name here, and other instructors as necessary.

Mathematics: Freya will continue to learn mathematics through a hands-on approach using resources including but not limited to games, workbooks, online programs, apps and worksheets.

English: 7th Grade Freya will continue improving her reading skills by using books suited to her interest and reading level. While some books will be from home, she will also use the public library as a resource.

Grammar: Freya will continue to improve her grammar using workbooks, reading & games/ games, correction and review of misspelled words in everyday writing, and use of the dictionary to learn the spelling and meaning of words.

Writing: Freya will create stories, poems, lists, notes, cards, letters and emails. She will continue her formal writing course and add creative writing this year.

English language: Freya will explore the English language through the writing and dramatization of original plays, stories and poems. She will participate in discussions on various topics of interest, including, but not limited to her current reading and ethics. She will research topics of interest on the internet and in the public library.

Logic: Freya will begin an introductory Logic course this year, using a formal textbook course with extra activities online.

Geography: Freya will learn world and New York State geography through travel and studies of both maps and the globe. Emphasis will be on local and New York State geography and history.

Modern World History and NY State History: Freya will continue her chronological study of world history while adding in-depth New York State history this year through the use of local hiking and tours, books, videos, and online sources.

Science: Freya will study science by participating in online classes, workshops and special events, as well as home experiments.

Health education: Freya will learn by studying healthy living practices, nutrition, planning healthy meals, shopping, cooking and cleaning.

Music: Freya will study music through online learning, usage of Garage band and tutoring from a professional. 

Visual arts: Freya will create arts and crafts projects at home and will study great artists and their works from books and other resources. She will also receive private instruction from a Professional artist. 

Physical education: Freya will continue martial arts training with her family at home, namely Kickboxing & Jiu Jitsu. 

Freya will learn about the following subjects in classes, books and through home instruction: patriotism and citizenship, alcohol, drug and tobacco misuse, highway safety and traffic regulations and fire and arson prevention and safety.


Laurel Carroll

Parent and Instructor

IV. Speak with the school liason. Our school liason has been extremely helpful & supportive. She has made general suggestions about resources (because I asked) and was very encouraging about the homeschooling process and results. She encouraged me to RELAX, do not obsess about curriculum and have fun.

I’ll be following up with more tips and tools that I’ll be learning on the ground. Would love to hear what you have going on?

237 Replies to “Homeschooling & Unschooling- the Why & the How?”

  1. cialis 20mg Finally, BMMCs deficient in ER О± expression had significantly reduced responses to some concentrations of environmental estrogens, suggesting that at least part of the degranulating activity of environmental estrogens on mast cells is mediated through ER О±

  2. Origin jest już prawie w całości cyfrowe. Oznacza to, że w przypadku nowszych gier zamiast instalować ją z płyty, możesz wykorzystać kod produktu i od razu zacząć pobieranie plików. Napisz recenzję dla Party Poker! Użytkownicy Party Poker dał pewien oszacowanie od 4 z 5 gwiazdek. © 2022 Electronic Arts Inc. To nie jest żadne rozwiązanie Twojego problemu , tylko próba naciągnięcia Cię na instalację wątpliwej reputacji programu z działania którego może wyniknąć więcej szkody niż pożytku ! Użytkownicy Party Poker dał pewien oszacowanie od 4 z 5 gwiazdek. Aby pobrać oprogramowanie wejdź na stronę Unibet i kliknij “ściągnij opgrogramowanie”. Zapisz plik na dysku i uruchom go rozpoczynając instalację. Sama instalacja potrwa do 5 minut. To nie jest żadne rozwiązanie Twojego problemu , tylko próba naciągnięcia Cię na instalację wątpliwej reputacji programu z działania którego może wyniknąć więcej szkody niż pożytku ! Pamietaj, poker bonus bez depozytu sa dalekie od zakonczenia wrecz przeciwnie, ale w coraz wiekszym stopniu sa one podane przez szkoly pokera i otrzymac je musisz udowodnic, ze jestes dobrym graczem w pokera, poniewaz wiecej jest odrc dobrych pokerzyst Mysliwi wolnego pokera pieniadze! 00-999 Warszawa ul. J.P. Woronicza 17 System operacyjny lub program komputerowy, poker 5 Kartowy jeśli stworzą wartość ręki 4-17. Komentując zmienność, 18. Ponadto ta japońska firma rozwinęła skrzydła i jest teraz dobrze znana ze swojej kreatywności w tworzeniu gier hazardowych online, 19. Jeśli przyjrzymy się bliżej tabeli wypłat, 20. Wpisz swój adres e-mail , a my poinformujemy Cię o aktualizacjach tego produktu

  3. buy stromectol for humans online com 20 E2 AD 90 20Viagra 20Feminino 20Caseiro 20Simples 20 20How 20To 20Get 20Viagra 20Or 20Cialis viagra feminino caseiro simples This is an interesting proof of concept of the first step in the process, but it still needs these induced pluripotent stem cells to be safely converted to useful adult cell types in the body

  4. In addition to all that, benefits of quality, writing coursework tasks in accordance to international standards requires a team of writers and support team who are extremely qualified. How much will you charge to do my coursework? To find out, please fill the form below: EssayPro doesn’t only offer a cheap coursework writing service but also guarantees satisfaction throughout your order process. Our expert writers are always ready to provide you with an unlimited number of edits free of charge until you are 100% happy with your paper. We have several services to assist students with their coursework. We assist with all types of customized writing projects. It includes informative, argumentative, or narrative writing. Whether you are a graduate or high school student, we can provide outstanding work to you. With the help of our cheap coursework writers, you can enjoy tension-free student life. At this step, you can check the correctness of your order information, apply discount code, check the final price and proceed to pay. If you are a student, you’ve probably thought before at some point, “Can someone else write my paper for me?” Students are generally quite busy people with all the research papers they need to write, all the tasks they need to do at their part-time jobs, and the time they still need to have to rest. This is exactly why so many students start looking for a reliable paper writing service to help them handle their assignments. When your college workload piles up and the deadlines of your work fall behind, then you may think of taking someone help and pay for research paper. Words Doctorate can be your helping hand as they offer custom writing service to you that you can trust blindly.

  5. Istnieje wiele rodzajów bonusów kasynowych, które można odebrać i grać na wielu platformach w świecie online Kody bonusowe kasyna a te, które są specyficzne dla danego typu gry, mają znaczący remis. Na przykład można zachęcić gracza do złożenia depozytu, aby go zdobyć Darmowe spiny do gier na automatach. Lub mogą dodać środki na swoje konto, aby otrzymać Darmowy bonus żetonów do gier z krupierem na żywo. Oto najlepsze przykłady popularnych bonusów w grach kasynowych, które są specyficzne dla danego typu gry. Teraz możesz zapisywać dowolne produkty z najpopularniejszych sklepów na liście zakupowej, a my codziennie, przez nawet 90 dni, będziemy śledzić, czy cena nie uległa zmianie. Jeśli się zmniejszy, powiadomimy Cię o tym mailowo. Jak pewnie wszyscy czekali, już śpieszymy z informacjami na temat najlepszych kasyn online bez depozytu na rok 2016. Na naszej liście znajdziecie tylko i wyłącznie bezpieczne kasyna internetowe, pewne i wypłacalne. Pamiętaj! Graj tylko z najlepszymi. Bonanza Game Kasyno15 free spinów od depozytu i za rejestrację Jeśli szukasz bonusów, które nie wymagają obrotu czy bonusu bez depozytu, to w Wolfy Casino znajdziesz swój bonusowy raj. Kasyno już za samą rejestrację przyznaje 20 darmowych spinów. Zatem nie musisz nic wpłacać, wystarczy podążać za naszą instrukcją poniżej. Jednak…Więcej Pan Kasyno to marka, której nie trzeba szerzej przedstawiać sympatykom gier hazardowych. To uznane kasyno internetowe, które udostępnia swoim graczom ponad dwa tysiące różnorodnych gier w postaci automatów, karcianek, ruletki oraz wielu innych form hazardowej rozgrywki. Pan Kasyno kod promocyjny pozwala na odebranie jednego z najlepszych pakietów powitalnych w sieci. Serwis nieprzypadkowo swoim wyglądem i stylem nawiązuje do luksusu i bogactwa. Jak wypada recenzja Pan Kasyno na tle konkurencyjnych serwisów hazardowych?

  6. methodist nursing program [url=]california department of child support[/url] artist signatures database

Leave a Reply