Beginning February, 2014, I am no longer taking on new clients. If you are in need of an evaluator, please contact your county school board office for a list of local evaluators.
I will also no longer be able to answer your questions via email or phone. Please feel free to continue to browse the website for helpful information about your homeschool in Florida and post comments and questions. Perhaps other readers will reach out with information and encouragement! I’d love to see some dialogue happening here.
Right now my priority is family. I will update posts as I can.
Blessings on your homeschooling journey!
This is an interesting article about the fastest growing type of education today!
I thought this was hysterical. We need a homeschooling mom version too!
I’m partial to Stanford University for a couple of reasons. First, my girls participate in Stanford University’s EPGY program, and secondly, my grandmother’s relatives both worked for the University; one as Dean of something-or-another and the other as head librarian. Note to self: start working on documenting these things so that your girls know their history.
Sign up here for EDUC115N: How to Learn Math taught by Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education.
Who is this course for?
This course is for teachers of math (K-12) or for other helpers of students, such as parents. After the summer I will release a student version of this course. This course provides an opportunity for teachers and parents to preview the ideas for students and think about how they may be useful, as well as learn from new research ideas and share ideas with other teachers and parents who enroll in the course.
Maybe I’ll “see” you there!
If you have general questions about homeschooling in Florida, are looking for advice or support, please browse this entire site. You will likely find what you are looking for. If you have more in-depth questions, please contact your local school board office.
I strive to encourage and support all of you, however, I am no longer able to return every phone call I receive. I DO try my best to return general inquiries via email, so PLEASE email me first. That is your best chance of getting a response.
I’m happy to help and encourage as much as I can, however, my phone time is extremely limited. If you are inquiring about an evaluation, I will return your call, however, the quickest way to receive a response is to reach out to me by email.
Thanks for understanding!
If you are technologially challenged, and have done face-to-face evaluations wtih me in the past, this post is for you.
As you may know, my schedule no longer allows me to do face-to-face evaluations. It was my hope that I’d find a local evaluator and post their contact information here on my site. Unfortunately, try as I might, I haven’t been able to find anyone locally to refer you to.
Most of my clients will switch over to the online evaluation which is easy to do, however, if you would rather meet with someone in person, you can contact Jan Zeiger (Seminole County), who may have some openings. Jan and I have known each other for years and you will be in good hands with her. You can contact her at Janzeiger.com.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer!
On April 21st my email stopped working. I was communicating with current clients via my personal email which I don’t like to do because I get a LOT of junk there and wading through it for important emails is sometimes frustrating. But not as frustrating as tryingt to figure out WHY my email wasn’t working and then on top of it finding out that my site was down.
In all fairness, it was totally my fault. I have a GREAT hosting company and I’ve been pleased with them for almost 5 years. Turns out I never got the email reminding me that my site needed to be renewed, not because it got buried in the junk mail, but because I never updated my address. Note to self: you do not NEED 4 or 5 email accounts.
After talking with my terrific hosting company and logging back into my cpanel and fixing things, all is well again. Unfortunately, I cannot retrieve any messages that were sent between March 21st and April 1st, so if you tried to contact me through email during that time, please try again!
Many apologizies for the inconvenience! Now that everything is fixed and good to go again, I’m considering updating the site and adding a better graphic to the homepage. If you are versed in photography and can size an image just right and want to graciously send me an image to use, I’ll be happy to give you credit. Just send me an email and I’ll be sure to get it and respond!
Why does the mention of the FCAT strike so many intense emotions in people? Could it be because the media hype has gotten to all of us? Are we downright tired of hearing about it? Saddened by the fact that teachers and students have to spend so much time thinking about it (and worrying about) it? Are some of us frightened? Angry? Lukewarm about it? Could care less because your kids don’t have to take it? Nearly everyone has some kind of an opionion on the FCAT.
Here’s what I think. I am glad that my homeschooled children are not judged academically on the basis of one test alone. Sure, I might be curious one day and send my girls to a public school so that they can take the test, who knows? Some people like to do that. When homeschooling parents ask my opinion of having their child take the test, I simply say, IF your child wanted to go to the school evironment, and sit in the classroom for the test, be sure that they understood how the testing environment will be: silent, sparse and tense. IF your child can handle this then go for it. BUT, when the test results come in, don’t take too much stock in the results. Do it for the experience and/or the curiosity only.
My county mails out registration forms to homeschoolers each year in case we want to sign our kids up to take the test. This often incites fear in people because they think it might be a passive-agressive way for “the government” to try to get your kids to take the test. Nothing could be further from the truth. Personally, although I won’t be filling out those forms any time soon, I really appreciate our county homeschool office reaching out to us. It doesn’t happen everywhere.
So, the next time you read about this year’s FCAT results or listen to it on the local news, be glad that you have the opportunity to participate in all the hoopla, and if you choose not to, rejoyce in that instead!
If you homeschool in Florida, you’ll want to bookmark this information!
Many of you are familiar with Homeschool Buyers Co-op, because of the terrific group deals that are offered for homeschoolers, and for their free identification card, but did you know that they also have a fabulous list of places to take field trips?
Click here to see this outstanding list! If you see something not listed, you can add your own!