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Welcome!

This site is designed to be an information "hub", primarily serving the homeschooling communities of Northern Nevada. However, this site provides ideas, suggestions, and support which may be useful to homeschoolers at large.

If you would like an opportunity to chat with other homeschoolers, please join our Yahoo discussion group by clicking on the link to the left.

The First step to Homeschooling in Nevada

NOTICE OF INTENT TO HOMESCHOOL FORM

Nevada requires that you notify the school district prior to beginning to homeschool or no later than 10 days after the child has been formally withdrawn from the public school system. New residents must file a Notice of Intent no later than 30 days of establishing residency in Nevada. While you can submit the Notice of Intent by mail, to avoid any potential problems, you might prefer to hand deliver it. As of 2007, no re-filing of the Notice of Intent is required for subsequent years, unless the name or address of the parent or child changes. The form is quite simple and takes only minutes to fill out, so don't delay.

We polled our homeschoolers. Click here for a list of supplies they deemed essential.

Reno Homeschooling Calendar of Events

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THE LAWS IN NEVADA SUPPORT A PARENT'S CHOICE TO HOMESCHOOL HIS/HER CHILD. AS ONE OF THE MANY VIABLE OPTIONS IN EDUCATION , HOMESCHOOLING HAS BECOME AN INCREASINGLY DESIRABLE TEACHING VENUE. IF YOU PLAN TO HOMESCHOOL, YOU MUST INFORM YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT OF YOUR PLANS TO DO SO. TO BEGIN, YOU WILL NEED TO SUBMIT A "NOTICE OF INTENT" FORM. PLEASE VISIT THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEBSITE TO OBTAIN CURRENT INFORMATION REGARDING HOMESCHOOLING STATUTES AND REGULATIONS.

FOR ACCESS TO THEIR WEBSITE, CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

http://nde.doe.nv.gov/SD_Homeschooling.htm

Who Homeschools? The US Census reported on 9/13/01 two million American children are schooled at home, with the number growing at 15 to 20 percent per year. Reasons cited for why people choose to homes: click here

COSTS OF HOMESCHOOLING

The costs for books and equipment to homeschool can range from less than a hundred dollars up to hundreds of dollars depending on your selection of materials, new or used, and how you acquire them. While it may seem like a daunting task to choose from among the high quality programs and materials available on the market, a bit of research will quickly lead you to a well rounded curriculum that best fits your budget and needs.

For many homeschooling parents, a pre-packaged curriculum is an ideal fit. Years of research and practical use have typically gone into the development of these programs. Many of them meet state standards (check with your district for their list of approved programs), removing parent concerns that their children may not be getting an education in line with their age and/or grade level. Another great aspect of a ready made curriculum is that pre-planning time is significantly reduced because daily lesson plans are generally included. Ease of mind and ease of planning, without compromising quality in education, are the order of the day when choosing a ready made curriculum.

For other homeschooling parents, putting together a customized curriculum best suits their teaching style. While this approach definitely requires the greatest amount of pre-planning and consideration of what to include, the parents who choose this method wouldn't have it any other way. Since parents can select all the books and teaching tools which they believe best suits their child's needs and learning abilities, they feel confident that their child is getting the type of education that they envision for him/her. Parents who take this path may be teachers by trade or individuals who enjoy the challenge involved in researching options and constructing what they feel is the most favorable educational plan for their student.

Somewhere in the middle lays yet another group of homeschooling parents. Utilizing a pre-packaged program as the core for teaching, but then supplementing with other resources or trading out portions of the program, provides structure with flexibility. Being comprised of the various subjects that a child's education are expected to include, a ready made curriculum becomes the basis from which an individualized curriculum is borne. Often a child will either excel or become "stuck" in one or more subject areas. With this in mind, the homeschooling parent will soon learn that it is totally acceptable to either minimize, trade out, or supplement portions of the program that don't match their child's aptitude for learning.

One of the many beneficial aspects of homeschooling is that you can quickly and easily alter your materials and teaching style to optimize your child's learning experience. As homeschooling parents we seem to do this naturally, honing our teaching techniques in conjunction with our child's pattern of growth. Obviously, there is no right or wrong approach to teaching your child at home, only what is most favorable for your child.

No matter what you decide with regards to your schooling curriculum, the good news is that you can spend as little or as much as you choose. Most families will end up spending somewhere between $300.00 and $1, 000.00 per child per year, not including extracurricular expenses. Some great ways to find discounted materials are at garage sales, homeschool swap meets (you can organize one together yourself), and the numerous homeschool resources web sites. Some other well known places for purchasing new and used discounted materials are E-bay and Amazon.com. By doing your homework, you can choose all the materials you need and keep costs to a minimum.

Whatever you decide, just be sure to check with your state's laws to determine how flexible you can be in administering your homeschooling education.

 


 

 

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