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Ok, so I tried to get the discount card for B & N, and the first time, the woman told me to bring a copy of our curriculum as proof of home schooling. We unschool, so we didn't really have a curriculum, but I found an old preschool one that I thumb through for ideas and such occasionally. Fine. So I bring it in and the manager tells me I have to bring a legal form, like from the state. Well, my kids are not old enough to file yet, in FL you don't have to until they are 7. So what do I do? We buy TONS of books, and while most of them are 2nd hand, dd1 is really into the Magic tree house series and if would help if I could get a discount on them. Plus I think Jo-Anns also does a discount and we are there every week as well. I suppose I could start a 'school' but then I'd have to report to the state right? I don't want to do that. I was a bit miffed, because if I were a pre-school teacher for a public school, I would qualify, but if I am 'teaching' pre-school to my own kids, I don't....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Our state doesn't ask us to file anything, but we made up a school name and use it when appropriate. It isn't a legal entity, so I don't have to register it with anyone. Other times I show my membership card to our state homeschooling organization, and that's always been accepted.<br><br>
You can make your own ID cards or get a free one to print out <a href="http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/homeschool-id/" target="_blank">here</a>. I bought some little no-heat laminating pouches at an office supply store.
 

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I agree with PP, just type up your own and laminate.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, so I tried to get the discount card for B & N, and the first time, the woman told me to bring a copy of our curriculum as proof of home schooling. We unschool, so we didn't really have a curriculum, but I found an old preschool one that I thumb through for ideas and such occasionally. Fine. So I bring it in and the manager tells me I have to bring a legal form, like from the state. Well, my kids are not old enough to file yet, in FL you don't have to until they are 7. So what do I do? We buy TONS of books, and while most of them are 2nd hand, dd1 is really into the Magic tree house series and if would help if I could get a discount on them. Plus I think Jo-Anns also does a discount and we are there every week as well. I suppose I could start a 'school' but then I'd have to report to the state right? I don't want to do that. I was a bit miffed, because if I were a pre-school teacher for a public school, I would qualify, but if I am 'teaching' pre-school to my own kids, I don't....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:</div>
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are you talking aout your 3 year old? I wouldn't really consider that homeschooling, just parenting. And I think that people pushing for things like a homeschooling discount on things you would be buying anything, even if you weren't homeschooling, makes us all look bad, and can have the effect of businesses not offering discounts to people who really are homeshcooling.
 

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Owch. I don't think it makes anyone look bad at all. A three old could certainly be in a preschool. A preschool that has books and costs money.<br><br>
That being said, there still may not be anything you can do to circumvent the rules. FWIW though, I still think it's cheaper to find books via fetchbook & buy them online.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Owch. I don't think it makes anyone look bad at all. A three old could certainly be in a preschool. A preschool that has books and costs money.</div>
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Considering the number of people who ask DS every time we go anywhere what school he goes to (he's 4), and that they've been doing it since he was 2.5, I definitely considering teaching a little one to be homeschooling not just parenting.<br><br><br>
Either here or on another board there was a BN employee who said it was absolutely not a problem for a homeschooler to get the discount, and that she gives the discount on all books purchased, too. If only you went to her BN!
 

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We have the same problem. We do not register with the state till age 7. So I can not get discount cards for any of the local bookstores or the educators card at the library. I have heard of some people making their own official looking card and having that work, but I have heard of it not working a lot too. Good luck.
 

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That homeschool buyers co-op site has ID card templates and stuff so you can make your own. I keep meaning to do some.
 

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vbactivist-I was afraid that I'd get some responses like yours. However, if the program included public PRE-SCHOOL teachers, I feel it should also include pre-school age children who home school. I am NOT using a discount card for MY reading material, but only for the things I am getting for my dd. Like Magic Tree House books. Or workbooks (yes, we unschool, yes, she likes workbooks!) Certainly those things are considered 'schooly' enough? I'm NOT making any one look bad, my kid is doing what any other kid in a PUBLIC PRE-SCHOOL is doing.
 

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wow i have had no problems at borders, but haven't tried b&n. borders asks for id buti tell them ( with all my kids in tow! most of the time, oh and borders only does it occationally the teachers discount...) anyway, when i go up i say i don't have an ID but i homeschool all my kids and they always respond really nice and say welll you get it for sure then, lol. i some where do have an memebership card for my umbrella group, but i lost it already! i guess i could use that if i needed to.
 

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Just an FYI to the OP....you have to file the year your child turns 6, not 7, in Florida. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">vbactivist-I was afraid that I'd get some responses like yours. However, if the program included public PRE-SCHOOL teachers, I feel it should also include pre-school age children who home school. I am NOT using a discount card for MY reading material, but only for the things I am getting for my dd. Like Magic Tree House books. Or workbooks (yes, we unschool, yes, she likes workbooks!) Certainly those things are considered 'schooly' enough? I'm NOT making any one look bad, my kid is doing what any other kid in a PUBLIC PRE-SCHOOL is doing.</div>
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where do you live that there is <i>public</i> preschool? I mean school available for everyone not yet in kindergarten.<br><br>
and I'm sorry, I wasn't intending to be snarky. you're right if prescool workers/daycare workers can get the discount, then by all means, you should too. I just get frustrated with people who intend to homescool, calling themselves homeschoolers when they have nonschool aged kids. but i guess that is another thread. sorry.
 

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Google "universal preschool"<br><br>
Yes, many districts do have public preschool for 4 year olds. Some are beginning to offer it to 3 year olds as well.<br><br>
We have Title I, NAEYC accredited public PreK in our district for 4 year olds. I believe it was originally intended for kids who received services in the Birth to Three program, but anyone can apply.<br><br>
Some states have already mandated the availability of public preschool for 4 year olds. In many places there's a push to extend this down to 3 year olds.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Google "universal preschool"<br><br>
Yes, many districts do have public preschool for 4 year olds. Some are beginning to offer it to 3 year olds as well.<br><br>
We have Title I, NAEYC accredited public PreK in our district for 4 year olds. I believe it was originally intended for kids who received services in the Birth to Three program, but anyone can apply.<br><br>
Some states have already mandated the availability of public preschool for 4 year olds. In many places there's a push to extend this down to 3 year olds.</div>
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Thanks for the info <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm assuming these are funded with our tax dollars <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Yes. Where I live we know ONE three year old that is not in preschool, and her mommy is planning to unschool as well. Every other three year old (and up) attends some sort of school. And right on the B & N requirements, it offers the program for preK teachers and up.<br><br>
Thanks True Blue...I have been looking into homeschool laws in many states as we may be moving and must have my info mixed up...mommy brain and all that!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the info <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm assuming these are funded with our tax dollars <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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Of course. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Plus, when I was living in NY, the prek-ers even had homework!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
mommy2abigail -- No prob! We move all the time being military so I know how it gets!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thank you jplain for the link! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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yikes! I don't think it makes ANYONE look bad. it's not as if she is lying to save money! who cares what the public school deams the right age to start "schooling"? since when do homeschoolers rely on the government's ideal of when a kid should be schooled. as far as i am concerned I've been schooling them since conception! or... at the very least birth. homelearning has been there before the government's ideals and it will last longer than they do too.<br><br>
I don't mean to be nasty, but that seemed rather harsh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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