Jen Garrison Stuber

Homeschool BINGO

Here’s a printable .pdf of the Homeschool Holiday BINGO card. Possible game rules: Play as BINGO, with the first family member to make a BINGO declared the winner. Play as Bug-me-Bucks. Set a value for each square (say, $1.00), and at the end of the night, collect from the spouse whose family you gathered with.

K-12 and a PPP?

Email of the Day: Can my kids participate in K-12 or another online virtual academy and also use a PPP locally? Answer: The problem with enrolling in K-12 and trying to also enroll in a local PPP is a problem of FTE (full time equivalency, a unit of measure used in schools). In general, you

Homeschooling My 6 yo

Email of the Day: Hello. I’m new and nervous about homeschooling. Nervous because I want to make sure I’m following ‘the rules’ correctly and I don’t want to fail my daughter. My daughter is 6. And I’ve not enrolled her in kindergarten this year or for next. I’d like to homeschool her but don’t know

Homeschool Secrets

You’re sitting on the fence. You’re terrified of jumping off and homeschooling, but the beginning of the new public school year is bearing down on you, and you’re thinking about the headaches and stomach aches your kid will say *he has every morning. You’re thinking about all the fights over homework . . . and

Homeschooling and the Under 8 Crowd

Email of the Day: Mom One: I heard once they enter school (which my son has), they have to stay in school, even if they are younger than 8…. does that sound accurate? Mom 2: I heard that, too. Parents who wait until 8 are more likely (in my personal opinion) to have a child

Sports Eligibility and Homeschooling

Email of the Day: Hi Jen, I need to find out some information about my son being able to play football at his local public school when he is homeschooled. I remember from previous conversations and/or your class that homeschooled kids can play sports, but before I inquire with the school – I just want

Declaration of Intent FAQ

Q: My child is 8. When is the DofI due? A: On the 15th of September each year. Q: It’s early August, should I turn in my DofI early? A: No. It’s due mid-September (on the 15th). Turning it in early isn’t helpful for you, and it’s not helpful for the school district, which is

No one under 8 ever goes on the DofI

In case you (or someone you know) needs this, here’s a more detailed explanation of why you don’t have to file a Declaration of Intent for a child under the age of 8, even if they’ve been enrolled in public school, and even if some random school administrator is insisting the do (and possibly threatening

I homeschool my three sons and I love it

This. This. So much this. It was hard to decide what quote to use – I wanted to quote it all. ~Jen “Because they’ve never been to conventional school, they’ve never absorbed the idea that people should congregate in narrow age ranges. My 4 year old’s best friend is 6. My 6 year old plays

Let’s be clear

Email of the Day: I wanted to let you know that this came in handy, big time with Local Public Schools. I turned in the WHO DofI form, and School was insisting on a phone number. I gave them that notice, and told them they were welcome to keep it for future reference. They were