I have tried to find answers in the old homeschooling threads and via google but I'm slowly getting more and more overwelmed.
I'm in the Mat-Su Valley, with a 4 year old kid who's supposed to start school in the fall, we had originally planned on applying to Birchtree Charter School but are now very much leaning towards homeschooling.
I think I have a general idea of the two "systems" (go with some program like IDEA and get some kind of financial allotment for all kinds of schoo/learning related stuff, but then you have to fulfill some requirements, too...or go independent, get no money but have full control over what you do when etc. Is that basically correct?)
I was just wondering about how big the differences betwen the two options are. How much influence do other people/does the state have if you go with one of those programs? What exactly do you have to do if you sign up with one of them? Are there advantages of specfic programs? From reading the older threads, it seemed that most here are homeschooling with IDEA?
We could really use the money to help with school related expenses but one of the reasons to homeschool is so that you yourself can make the decisions about curriculum, timing, etc. and not have other people or the state dictate, right?
I would really appreciate it if someone could give me some pointers. I'd also be thankful for any links to helpful websites. I'm very willing to do my homework and read and research, but I'd love some help to point me in the right direction