Christian Military Homeschoolers of San Diego Christian Military Homeschoolers of San Diego Christian Military Homeschoolers of San Diego
 

About Homeschooling

Q:

"I'M NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS IN CALIFORNIA?"

A:

California has four options for homeschooling:

  1. File an affidavit to function as a private school. Every year the Private School Affidavit (PSA) must be filed between October 1st and 15th. New private schools that start up later in the school year should complete an affidavit and file it when they start up. Kindergarten is not compulsory in California, so there is no need for you to do anything if your child isn't six years old yet. As a private school, you will need to teach basic subjects and keep attendance records; however, you do not need to turn these in. You may use any curriculum such as boxed program, accredited distance school, online, or eclectic.  The PSA may be found at the following webpage: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ps/affidavit.asp                                                                                                                                                                              
  2. Enroll in a private school satellite homeschool program.  If you are enrolled in a private school satellite program (a “PSP” or “umbrella school”), then you do not need to fill out a private school affidavit. Your PSP will do it for you.  PSP’s will require basic information from you and will usually keep records of your child's grades as you provide them. Sometimes these function as support groups and/or co-ops.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                         
  3. Have home instruction provided by a certified tutor. You may teach your child if you are a certified teacher, or you may hire a teacher/tutor.                                                
                                
  4. Enroll in an independent study program or charter school at home using homeschool curricula. These are government funded programs that are still considered public school. While they offer greater financial incentives, they give you the least freedom, flexibility and options. The school will provide your curriculum and oversee your teaching. Most programs have you check in monthly either at the school or with home visits. Some schools have extracurricular activities and on-site class days. Children may not be taught religion or any faith-based education during school hours. Here is link to all of the available charter schools in San Diego:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/si/cs/ap1/countyresults.aspx?id=37 

 

**Please be advised that California has recently passed legislation regarding vaccinations (SB277) that includes some charter or in-class instruction options for homeschoolers. You can find the text for the legislation here to see what the requirements are for your students: (There is current pending litigation regarding the constitutionality of this law, however; as of August 2016, the law is currently in effect.) https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277

Q:

"I WANT TO HOMESCHOOL INDEPENDENTLY.  HOW DO I START?"

A:

The best source for laws on homeschooling is HSLDA.com.  They have a list of homeschooling laws for every state and overseas laws.  You can follow the this link for line by line instructions in how to file out the Private School Affidavit (PSA): http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/ca/affidavit/AffidavitInstructions.asp
 

If you join our group, we have a lot of great homeschooling families to help you. Check out our homeschooling links or get your questions answered by posting them on our forum or on the Facebook group page. Many homeschool families recommend reading 100 Top Curriculums, by Cathy Duffy.  She has done all the hard work for you by finding the best programs out there. A great aspect of the book is how it helps you discover your child's learning style and your teaching style.  

However, the most valuable resource you'll come by are other homeschoolers. They can help encourage and direct you on your journey.

Q:

"HOW CAN CMH HELP ME IN MY HOMESCHOOL ENDEAVORS?"

A:

Christian Military Homeschoolers purpose is to help other like-minded families. We support each other through sharing knowledge and holding group events, enrichment classes, holiday parties, field trips, and get togethers throughout the year. CMH also has a discussion board, and a Facebook group page that provides encouragment and homeschooling links for our members.  We are all military families at CMH, so we understand frequent moves, deployments, and being new.  We believe strongly in family first.  We make it easy on families to get involved without overcommitment. 

Q:

"WHY ALL THE FORMAL RULES AND REGULATIONS? WHERE DO THE FEES GO?"

A:

CMH leadership believes it's best to establish our mission and guidelines from the start. This will reduce future problems, misunderstandings and disputes. While rules are not always fun, they are necessary for the group's health and survival. These guidelines are meant to ensure our members have consistent views on leadership and operations and promote unity among us. Fees are necessary in maintaining the group's website, operating expenses, events and party funds. This helps reduce our members' individual expenses during group activities.  We have kept these fees as low as possible, but some supplies or donations are needed on a regular basis. For instance, most parties are potlucks that require bringing food, paper plates, plastic cutlery, etc.. 

Q:

"IS THIS THE RIGHT GROUP FOR ME?"

A:

We welcome homeschoolers of every type and we offer a variety of things to include different family teaching styles and because of our military affilication the dynamics of the group are constantly changing or evolving. But the one thing that the leadership has always maintained is that CMH is to be a relaxed group where military homeschool families can encourage each other, learn from one another and have fun! We don't believe that there is any one correct way to teach our children. We celebrate the different styles and recognize that children learn in all different ways. But most importantly, CMH members agree that our sole desire is that our kids learn to become happy, healthy, successful adults who love Jesus. 

CMH may not work for everyone, and we know that it's not possible to meet every need. We are blessed to be in a very homeschool rich area. If CMH doesn't feel like the right fit for you, we are more than happy to try to suggest a local group that may better meet your needs.

Q:

"HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO COMMIT?"

A:

You are not alone as many of our members are going through this right now. There is no better time to make new homeschooling friends!  We are all military families and go through a lot of the same struggles.  
We are completly dependent on our volunteers and we appreciate everyone helping where they can.  We can not have the events and activities without everyone working together. However, CMH is not meant to be a stress in your life and we are a very relaxed group that love's the freedom homeschooling offers our families. We understand that your committment level may vary from time to time so we only ask that you sign up, at the very least, for the Events Committee, where you will help plan at least one event per year. Of course if you would like to do more, we always welcome that!

Q:

"HOW DO I JOIN?"

A:

If you are interested in joining CMH, please make sure you read through the site to become familiar with everything.  Once you're ready, click the Join CMH link on your left and follow these two easy steps:  

1. Fill out the membership form
2. Pay the membership fee 

Please remember your username and password. Once you are approved, you'll get a confirmation email and your account will be activated. This allows you to see member only pages.  

If you ever have any questions, please contact us at cmhsandiego@gmail.com