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I will be homeschooling my 6 year old in the fall, after being in PS for K. I am trying to decide whether or not to join an umbrella or just do the school board review. I am in QA county, if anyone has any first hand experience there that would be great. Wasn't sure if this forum or the HS forum was the best place to ask about this...



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Welcome to Mothering! Just thought I'd bump your post up for attention. Hopefully someone will respond with some helpful info. :)

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It is more of what kind of h.s. experience you are looking for then who is going to review you.

If you want to be entirely independent in what you do then board review is best as youc an truly do what you want and just go for the review that is friendly and simply is veryfying if you did provide

"regular instructions in the required areas of studies"...

Board of Education review is not complicated process, it is more imporant what you teach your child and to make sure he or she is not going to  have any problems when / if eventually re-entering PS system. It is fairly easy to satissfy the needs of the interview if you indeed provide regular instructions for your child.


Umbrella system might have some benefits in certain regards but this is should not be your influence on how you school your child. If you are more of independent mind and wants to maintain it then board review is best, if you like to be part of a group and still having to send your reports to the system as reqired then the choice is yours.


I personally would still go with board review even if I was using an umbrella group as I would like to have sure feedback as and if I am complying with the requirements but this is only because I plan to send my children back to system in five years so I feel more confident that I have regular approval of the public system to what I am doing is on the same page. If I did not plan to send kids to p.s. then things might have been different.

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I disagree with Galaxymom. Sometimes the school system's review is "luck of the draw" and you may get a reviewer who does not truly understand the homeschooling regulations. They may ask for more information than you are legally required to provide. Who knows if the reviewer is actually supportive of homeschooling or not. I've heard of cases where the reviewer didn't pass them because the family just wasn't teaching it the way they would have... rather than checking if they met the letter of the law by giving "regular, thorough education" in each of the required subjects.

Some umbrellas are flexible in that they do not have a predefined curriculum, you can use whatever curriculum (or none-unschooling) that you want. I'd say if you are doing your own thing you may want to look further into finding the *right* umbrella, one that doesn't have a set curriculum. You may also meet like-minded families for some social interaction if you find the right umbrella.

We are using an umbrella and our review went well. It was nice going in knowing for sure that the reviewer is 1) a homeschooler herself and 2) supportive of what you are doing. We also have the backup support of the person running the umbrella organization, should there be any questions about your child's schooling (either questions originating from you or from anyone else).

Another note: some umbrellas fill up their open slots quickly, so it may be too late to join certain umbrellas at this time in the year. But I wouldn't let that stop you from trying to find one, though.

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