Here is a list of VERY useful resources to get you started.
Updated June 19, 2005
Homeschool Laws TOP
This link is a great summary that describes both nonpublic schools and homeschools (Exemption 3f). Remember as you read, the 3f exemptions apply to us. We are exempt from most of the nonpublic school requirements. Here are a few IMPORTANT points from this web site.
Home Educating Under Exemption (3)(f) as a Home Education Program
Families choosing to home school under exemption (3f) are not required to do any type of reporting to any school official. If you are sent a SM4325 form, you do not have to return it or make any type of response. The MDE (Michigan Department of Education) has stated that, "If the home school family has not registered, the Department will consider the home school family to be operating under the exemption (3f) solely." There is also no law requiring that any information be provided to the local or intermediate school district. Therefore, a home school existing under (3f) has no responsibility to provide any information to local school officials.
To begin a home education program you simply begin home schooling. You do NOT have to ask permission, get a license or even a permit. You do NOT have to request a Nonpublic School Membership Reporting Form (form SM4325). You must provide your children instruction in the subject areas of Reading, Spelling, Mathematics, Science, History, Civics, Literature, Writing and English Grammar."
The Michigan Department of Education's Position on the 3f Exemptions (Homeschoolers)
The following statements have been taken from a Question & Answer document which the MDE provided to all of the Local and Intermediate School District Superintendents. It details how they have interpreted their role concerning the exemptions available to home educators.
This link above is the exact law for exemption 3f homeschooling from the Michigan Department of Education web site. It (Exemption 3f) specifies how homeschoolers are EXEMPT from regulations, requirements and oversight of the Michigan Department of Education. Read this carefully. It is less than one page and is easy to understand. There is no law in Michigan requiring certified teachers in home schools. There is no law requiring you as home school parents to have a specific number of days of "school". There is no requirement to notify or seek approval of the state for your home school. And your kids CAN still participate in non-core school activities.
In 1998 families for the first time were given a choice in how they were going to home educate. This link gives you a great summary of how the law allows you to either homeschool under exemption 3f above, or home school as a Nonpublic School under Exemption (3a) l below. Everyone in our group has chosen homeschooling under exemption 3f as described above.
In 1998 Michigan law was changed. Families for the first time were given a choice in how they were going to home educate. This link gives you a great summary of how the law allows you to either homeschool under exemption f, or home school as a Nonpublic School under Exemption (3)(a) l. Everyone in our group has chosen homeschooling under exemption f as described above.
This gives you the exact law for nonpublic schools 3a (but Homeschooling is EXEMPT because of exemption 3f above). It is the school's responsibility to make sure its students (your child if you are not homeschooling) is not truant. If your child is currently in school you need to tell the school that you chose to homeschool. A teacher or teachers might be a good resource for you and would consider meeting with you and sharing some resources for homeshooling.
Curriculum and Standards TOP
If you are using or are considering a curriculum and are curious about what others think about it, visit this site.
This site evaluates standards from most states. You'll be surprised at their conclusions and will learn a lot about choosing and creating standards by reading their reviews. Scroll up and down the page.
This site evaluates standards from most states. This page lists the best of the best. It is a great place to start from when choosing standards for homeschooling.
Other Questions and Answers TOP
This site explains a lot. This link has a wealth of information that can take a lot of time to go through. She does address questions on returning to school after homeschooling. What we have found in the community is that schools will test homeschooled students and then place them in the appropriate grade. Even though I am building a portfolio for each of my girls, I've heard that it doesn't matter.