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FAQs

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1.  My child is currently enrolled in school.  I would like to homeschool.  How do I withdraw from the public, or private school system?

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Although you are not legally required to register with the school district, or receive their permission to home school, you should officially withdraw your child(ren) from the public school. Failure to do so could result in school officials filing charges, citing compulsory attendance laws, or failure to attend school against you and/or your child(ren). Write the principal of the school where your child attends and tell him that you are withdrawing your child from the school in order to homeschool. Send the letter certified mail, return receipt requested to receive proof of delivery. If the school subsequently contacts you and notifies you that you must do more (come to the central office, fill out a form, etc.), do not go to the school.

Texas school districts have been notified by the Texas Education Agency that such a letter meets the guidelines of cooperation with the school district in compliance with the compulsory attendance laws. Unless the school district has evidence that your letter of assurance is not true, this should be the end of your contact with the school district over withdrawal. A sample letter can be found at www.thsc.org.

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2.  What about socialization?

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This is the most frequently asked question.  Socialization is quite possibly the most misunderstood aspect of homeschooling.

There are two types of socialization:  Positive Socialization and Negative Socialization. Let's consider the first.

Positive Socialization is what children most often receives when spending time at home, or with like minded families.  The situations that the children find themselves in tend to be positive, uplifting, encouraging ones.  Positive Socialization surrounds your child with situations that promote, not destroy your set core values

On the other hand, Negative Socialization is what is most often found in the world, and school systems.  This type of socialization throws the child into situations where there are actions, words, or situations that impact the child negatively.  Remember the nickname "Four eyes" for the child who wheres glasses? 

More poignantly, Positive Socialization provides avenues for children to mature in a loving environment where positive behavior is modeled daily for them. Positive Socialization enable children to have conversations with their age mates as well as those significantly younger and older than they are.  Negative Socialization assumes that in the "real world" we will always be with our age mates, and in our own subculture.

Imagine a group of people standing in a circle, holding hands, facing one another.  This picture demonstrates that the group, or family, holds the same values and that the children look to the adults to be their models. This is Positive Socialization.  Now, imagine that same group standing with the children's' backs facing the inner circle, while their faces are facing away from the adults, away from the circle.  This is negative socialization and represents that the children and now looking to their peers for validation and as a model.

Children are more likely to be influenced by the majority than to be an influence on them. Children who receive their education outside the home are prone to accept their peers' and teachers' values over those of their parents. Some advantages of freedom from peer pressure can be self-confidence, independent thinking, the ability to relate to people of all ages, and better family relations.

 

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3.  What curriculum is required, and where do I find it?

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Classical Conversations' Programs offers non-consumable materials. This means it can be used repeatedly. It is not used up with one child, as a workbook would be. Most of the time, you only need to purchase this material once and use it for your entire family.

The Foundations Program utilizes the Foundations Guide as curriculum.

The Essentials Program uses the Essentials of the English Language, and Institute for Excellence in Writing materials.

Students and parents enrolled in the Challenge Program are given a guide, and various other resources are used as well.

All of this curriculum may be purchased from the Classical Conversations Book Store, or borrowed from the local library. Please contact the Program Director to get a complete list of what will be required for the program of your choice.

 

In order to legally homeschool in the state of Texas, you must have a curriculum which teaches reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, Texas history, and citizenship. You must ensure that the material is being taught.  This curriculum may be obtained from any source and can consist of books, workbooks, other written materials, or materials on an electronic monitor including computer or video screens, or any combination of these.

 

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4.  Is homeschooling difficult, and how long does it take?

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Homeschooling and participating in Classical Conversations is not difficult, but instead is a blessing!

Homeschooling requires a time commitment, but not as much as you might expect. One-to-one teaching is more efficient than classroom instruction, and thus takes less time. Time requirements vary according to each family's dynamics and age of children.

Please speak to the Director(s) of the Program(s) you are considering enrolling in.  He or she will be able to give you more specifics and will be able to take into account your family dynamics.  It should be stated here, depending on the age of the student, due to the participation in our weekly Classical Conversations community, much of material can be independently completed by the student.

Most families in the Foundations Program find that they can complete their school work within four hours; however, they must be diligent to practice the material daily.

More often than not, students enrolled in Essentials are also enrolled in Foundations.  These students tend to spend four to five hours a day completing their assignments. 

Challenge students have six seminars (subjects) to prepare for.  It is recommended that the students spends one hour a day per seminar.  Since these students are older, most of this work is done independently.

 

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5.  How many days each year do I need to school?

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Homeschools in Texas are considered private schools, and the state of Texas does not regulate the number of days per year that private schools must be in session, or the number of days a student must attend school. The Texas Administrative Educational Code requires that public schools meet 180 days per year; public school students must attend 170 days of school per year. This applies to public schools only.

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6.  What are the Texas Homeschool graduation requirements?

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Please see the "Publications/Articles" link in the left margin for how parents of students enrolled in Classical Conversations Challenge Programs might award credits, compared to the state of Texas.

Homeschools in Texas are private schools, and they are not regulated by the state; therefore, homeschools set their own graduation standards. There is no minimum age requirement for graduation. If you plan for your student to attend college, then you should find out what the entrance requirements are for that college.

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7.  Will my child receive a high school diploma?

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Yes.

When a student meets the requirements set by his school for graduation, the parents may award a high school diploma. Diplomas may be ordered from the Texas Home School Coalition Association and other sources.

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9.  Where can I get more information on homeschooling?

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Please visit www.classicalconversations.com for more information.  Check the Event Calendar for the next Information Meeting, Open House, and Free 3-Day Practicum.

You may also contact Classical Conversations' Regional Support Manager, Sadie Aldaya, at saldaya@classicalconversations.com

Much of this information was derived from the Texas Home School Coalition’s website. http://www.thsc.org  and http://www.theteachingcompany.com

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