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From: Tennessee Linda (user-24-214-41-38.knology.net)
Subject:         And you probably won't find any...
Date: October 24, 2007 at 10:05 am PST

In Reply to: non-secular umbrella school & curriculum posted by Carolyn on October 17, 2007 at 8:33 am:

by law, TN umbrella schools need to be a member of one of several organizations, all (I believe) are Christian organizations (for private school affiliation). I believe the umbrella schools also must be located in the State of TN. You might check HomeLife Academy. They are Christian, but welcome people of any faith (or none at all). There is no statement of faith to sign, and you don't have to use certain materials for schooling. You can check them out at their web page www.homelifeacademy.com .

You might also want to check www.TnHomeEd.com for homeschooling information in TN. This site will explain the law and situation with umbrella schools better than I can. There is a list of some of the umbrella schools available in TN on the web site. You don't *have* to have one near you, though sometimes they offer day classes, field trips, etc. that you might want to take advantage of.

The TN State Department of Education also has a list of accepted umbrella schools for homeschooling. You can do an internet search to find the Department of Ed web page and then search around for it - I know it's there, but I don't have a link handy.

Also, you could always register through your local school district. If you're planning on pulling your child out of school now, you'll need to go with an umbrella school for the rest of this year, but you can homeschool through your local school district at the beginning of next school year (you'll need to fill out their paperwork and turn it in by August 1). Homeschooling through the school district is free.

As far as curriculum goes, you could look for books at a local used bookstore, local teacher supply stores, or check either Scholastic on-line or Oak Meadow Curriculum on-line. If you have particular topics you are interested in teaching (especially in history or science), you could do an internet search for lesson plans on that topic and add to it with books from the library.

Best of luck and I hope this helps.


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