- Q. I will begin homeschooling
my son in August and I would like to know if I can keep his school
records. Can the parents of homeschooled children request the
records or does the school keep them? Thank you.
A. You should be able to access the school
records. I would double check with the laws in your state and
you can access our state-by-state files at:
Be careful to
keep a record of the work you are doing or at least a portfolio
of your child's work. You may be asked to support your program
by your state by having the proper documentation. A portfolio
will also be important when you try to reintegrate your child
back into the system, especially in the private sector or in
You can find
the answers to most of your homeschooling questions in our FAQ
Q. Dear Joe,
My husband and I recently attended a seminar given by Gary and
Ezzo called "Growing Kids God's Way." I have actually
entertained the idea of home schooling after the elementary years,
but we are on a REALLY tight budget since I'm a stay at home
- Wouldn't it
cost a lot to purchase all the home schooling materials needed
to school each child through all the years? We have three children,
ages 8, 6, and 2.
- Kathie Cunningham
- A.Hi Kathie,
- The short answer
to your question is NO. Many people of very humble
means are able to homeschool. Think about using your local resources,
and sometimes you can even get books from your school district.
The most expensive part of homeschooling is your
time. That is what is hard to come by. But it is well worth the
investment since that investment is in the most important project
of your life -- your children!
- Please stop
by and join one of our discussion groups at HomeSchoolZone.com, and learn more about
homeschooling by reading our homeschooling FAQ (frequently asked
questions) at: http://www.homeschoolzone.com/start.htm. We have many resources
for getting used curricula at a great price and a
whole lot more.
- Thanks for your
interest and I look forward to seeing you.
- Q. II am 41 years old and have a 10-year old that I
want to homeschool. I need a job I can do at home to make extra
money. I have a strong background in bookkeeping. Do you have
Thank you for any help you can give me,
- A. Bookkeeping is an excellent way to make
extra money part-time. Your method of doing this is to get a
part-time job through a professional temp agency. You may have
to leave the house during the actual work, but this way to can
schedule your time in a flexible way.
On the other
hand, perhaps you want to set up your own business, but that
will obviously take a lot more time and effort. We had a story
of a women that took a simple craft idea as a result of a Christmas
present and ultimately turned it into a burgeoning craft business.
For organizational ideas on this and more, we have resources
and ideas back at our HomBiz newsletters at: http://families-first.com/homebiz/ and you are welcome
to join our homebiz discussion group
I hope this helps.
Q. By trade, I am a Paralegal/Legal
Secretary and have 12 years experience in the legal field. I
work part-time right now as a Legal Assistant and enjoy it. I
also would like to do some type of work at home, either what
I do in the office now, some of which could be done at home,
some not. Or I also came up with a great idea for a product for
new mothers. I have patented the idea (since I work with attorneys,
that was the first thing they told me to do!).
Anyway, I am not sure what to do next. Should I submit some type
of introductory letter to manufacturers of baby bottles (it's
an addition to a baby bottle that makes it work better) and see
what happens, try to develop a prototype (which I have heard
is expensive) or ??? I cannot make up my
I have very little time with a toddler at home, and at this time
I am not willing to leave him for more than a few hours. My husband
and I share the care of our son because we do not believe in
daycare or other people watching him while he is so young. He
will be 2 next month. I have two older children, ages 25 and
20 years and started over again with my son! It's exhausting!
Anyway, I am
very indecisive about what to do next. Any suggestions would
Thanks for any help you can give me.
- A. Hi Valarie,
This can be a
very tricky business and it sounds like your family
constraints have you a bit under siege. In terms of your idea,
it sounds like you are unable to manufacture the product yourself
and you will need to rely on existing manufacturers. This can
be a very difficult and a "David & Goliath" experience.
Do you plan to license the product to them? If so, have you done
the background research to see what a fair price should be? What
is the potential competitive advantage and/or market share, you
anticipate from your product?
Be prepared to
work really hard as there are a million anhttp://families-first.com/homebiz/index.htmd one inventors out there
all with a similar idea. If you want to pursue your discussion
with our business group, you are welcome to visit HomeBiz and
join the discussion group at
Good luck on