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The California Homeschool Manual: A guide to private home education in California

by Karen Woodfin Middleton and Susan Beatty

CHEA's The California Homeschool Manual: A guide to private home education in California, written by co-founders Susan Beatty and Karen Woodfin Middleton, has been updated to include information about the new laws concerning health records and details for filing a private school affidavit. This valuable resource tells you all you need to know to get started:

  • From helping you decide if you even want to teach your children at home to forming a philosophy of education.
  • From choosing your curriculum materials and planning your day-to-day activities to graduating your children.
  • Also includes a "Quick Start" guide, forms, and recommended resources.

The new "Intro Manual" is available in print or as a PDF download.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Terms and Abbreviations
  1. Getting Started
    • Quick Start
    • Making the Decision
    • Philosophy of Homeschooling
    • Legal Foundations
    • Compulsory Attendance Law
    • More About Homeschool Programs
    • Withdrawing from School
  2. Establishing a Private Homeschool
  3. Choices in Schooling
    • Teaching Methods
    • Learning Styles
    • Choosing Curriculum
  4. You’re the Teacher, Now What?
    • Scheduling
    • Lesson Plans
    • Grading
    • Portfolios
  5. Special Seasons, Special Kids
    • Preschoolers
    • High School
    • Special Needs
    • Gifted and Talented
  6. Social Issues and Outings
    • Homeschool Groups
    • Field Trips
    • Homeschool Etiquette
  7. Other Questions and Challenges
    • School Building Safety Issues
    • Surveys and Reports in the Mail
    • Contact from Public School Officials or Social Services
    • If You Need Legal Help
    • Will the Laws Change?
  • Appendix A: Resources
    • Recommended Reading
    • Homeschool Magazines and Newsletters
    • Curriculum Resources
  • Appendix B: Información en español
    • Información legal básica
    • ¿Qué materiales están disponibles?
    • Proveedores de materiales Educativos
  • Appendix C: Samples and Forms
    • For School Records
      • Course of Study - Grades 1-6
      • Course of Study - Grades 7-12
      • Elementary Proposed Course of Study
      • Jr./Sr. High Proposed Course of Study
      • Proposed School Year Calendar
      • Attendance Record
    • For Teaching Records
      • Lesson Plan Diary
      • Lesson Plan Diary by Subject
      • Weekly Lesson Plan (one page)
      • Weekly Lesson Plan (two page spread)
      • Daily Diary
      • Reading Record
      • Extra-Curricular Activities Record
      • Field Trips Record
    • For Pupil Records
      • Elementary Cumulative Record
      • Middle School Cumulative Record
      • High School Transcript
      • High School Transcript by Subjects
  • Glossary
  • Index
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