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my husband may be working in Israel for a total of 3 years. although we haven't decided (he doesn't have the contract yet) where exactly we will end up we have been thinking about Italy. just the little reading i have done so far worries me though...i am not a certified teacher (they say you have to be) but we have been homeschooling on and off (oldest was homeschooled, now in charter, middle is homeschooled right now) for almost 10 years.<br>
is there a curriculum that can be used internationally? i thought i remembered one but can't remember the name. we have just started recently using a curriculum and it is working well for my son (8 y.o.). my oldest son would probably return to homeschooling as well, he is almost 14.<br>
normally i don't worry about things unless i really know what is going to happen but something tells me he will get this contract, so i thought i would post here. thanks in advance for any input <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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There is an expat homeschooling yahoo group. You could ask there.<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/expat-homeschool/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/expat-homeschool/</a>
 

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Hi,<br><br>
I live in Switzerland, and I've been told that homeschooling is basically not legal in Italy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Same goes even for the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland...and if that wasn't bad enough, their school day is like ALL day.<br><br>
If you do end up going there, I truly hope you find a loophole.<br><br>
good luck.
 

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The home school legal defense association has sent out emails requesting help to make it legal, or help parents being prosecuted in other countries, so maybe they could do something there too??? <a href="http://www.hslda.org" target="_blank">www.hslda.org</a>
 

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I live in Naples, but we are US military, so the rules are different. Is it a government contract? What part of Italy? There are a lot more options in areas like Rome and Milan.
 

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My understanding is homeschooling (scuola familiare) is legal in Italy under certain restrictions but not well-known. I believe that some authority or other has to be satisfied that you have the "educational and financial means" to homeschool, and give you approval to do so.<br><br>
I don't know how they approach ex-pat's homeschooling though, and whether they sort of turn a blind eye to the crazy foreigners... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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dh found out that school is also on Saturday there, yikes...<br>
i believe it is a government contract, i wonder if that would change anything. i looked at home ed magazine's website, i will check out hslda too, thanks.<br>
thanks so much for your responses, it gives me something else to go on<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;">dh found out that school is also on Saturday there, yikes...<br>
i believe it is a government contract, i wonder if that would change anything. i looked at home ed magazine's website, i will check out hslda too, thanks.<br>
thanks so much for your responses, it gives me something else to go on<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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The school on Saturdays thing depends on the town. Some places it's Monday to Friday from about 8-4 or so, while the more old-fashioned set-up is to attend Monday to Saturday until lunch time. It's actually rather civilized as they get to have a nice big lunch and then have their afternoons free for family time!
 

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In Naples I think it is all day Mon-Fri and a half day on Sat. I would ask your employer if that is who you would get your visa through.
 

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No it is not true, it is not illegal to homeschool in Italy and you do not have to be a teacher to homeschool, either:<br><a href="http://www.alberosacro.org/legislazioneitaliana.htm" target="_blank">http://www.alberosacro.org/legislazioneitaliana.htm</a><br><br>
111.2 I genitori dell'obbligato o chi ne fa le veci che intendano provvedere privatamente o direttamente all'istruzione dell'obbligato devono dimostrare di averne la capacità tecnica od economica e darne comunicazione anno per anno alla competente autorità.<br><br>
the parents of the "obliged" (the person who has the obligation to be in school) who would like to privately and or directly provide for the eduction of the obliged must show that they have the capacity to do so and communicate year by year with the competent authorities.<br><br>
But then, if the children go to school in Italy, they'll pick up Italian in no time and they will enjoy their stay more, they'll get to make friends and you too will have social contacts more....personal opinion here.... not a homeschooler myself just my candid opinion... a couple from England came with two kids age 6 and 9 and they went to school in Italy for three years in the beginning it was tough but they loved it and in the end they were speaking fluent Italian... Feel free to PM me if you need more info...
 

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I know a lot of civilian families that work for the US gov here in Naples (or NATO) that live all over town and homeschool (mainly so they can travel at will). No one has ever ask anything, but they are US passport holders with visas and sojourneurs permits, not applying to be Italian citizens. So I think it just depends on your classification.
 
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