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Homeschooling at Starfish Holistic Learning offers several benefits that align with the school's philosophy and educational approach:
1. Personalized Education: Homeschooling at Starfish allows for a highly personalized educational experience. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, our educators can tailor instruction to meet the specific needs and learning styles of each student. Individualized learning plans are designed to maximize the student's potential, addressing areas of concern while nurturing their strengths.
2. Flexibility and Customization: Homeschooling provides the flexibility to create a customized schedule that suits the unique needs of the student and their family. This allows for a personalized approach to learning, accommodating different learning paces, interests, and extracurricular activities. Students can explore their passions, engage in self-directed learning, and delve deeper into subjects that spark their curiosity.
3. Inclusive and Supportive Environment: Starfish Holistic Learning fosters an inclusive and supportive learning environment, and this extends to homeschooling. Our dedicated educators work closely with families, providing ongoing support, guidance, and resources to facilitate a successful homeschooling experience. Communication channels are open, ensuring regular updates, feedback, and collaboration to meet the educational goals of the student.
4. Emphasis on Holistic Development: Homeschooling at Starfish recognizes the importance of holistic development beyond academics. The homeschooling approach incorporates opportunities for socialization, character development, and the cultivation of essential life skills. Through community involvement, extracurricular activities, and personalized guidance, students can develop strong social connections, build confidence, and nurture their overall well-being.
5. Specialized Expertise: At Starfish Holistic Learning, our highly trained staff brings specialized expertise in areas such as exceptional student education, applied behavioral analysis, developmental disabilities, art, and language. Homeschooling students benefit from the knowledge and experience of these educators, who can provide targeted support and strategies to address individual learning needs effectively.
6. Parental Involvement: Homeschooling at Starfish promotes strong parental involvement in a child's education. As a homeschooling parent, you have the opportunity to actively participate in your child's learning journey, collaborating closely with our educators. This partnership allows for a comprehensive understanding of your child's progress, strengths, and areas of growth, fostering a shared commitment to their success.
Homeschooling at Starfish Holistic Learning offers the benefits of personalized education, flexibility, an inclusive and supportive environment, emphasis on holistic development, specialized expertise, and strong parental involvement. These advantages align with the school's philosophy, ensuring that every homeschooling student receives a high-quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.
Home Education is an educational option that allows parents to fulfill the requirement for regular school attendance. According to Section 1002.01 of the Florida Statutes (F.S.), home education involves sequential and progressive instruction led by parents to meet Florida's compulsory education requirements.
Parents have the autonomy to determine their child's educational path and develop a plan to achieve their goals. Florida Statute 1002.41 outlines the responsibilities of parents establishing a home education program.
In Miami-Dade County, the process begins by withdrawing your child from public school. Parents are required to submit a Notice of Intent form via email to HomeEducation@dadeschools.net within 30 days of establishing the home education program. For children attending private school, it is recommended to file the Notice of Intent before unenrolling them.
Once the Notice of Intent is approved by the MDCPS Home Education Office, your child is officially registered as a homeschooler within the school district. The filing date of the Notice of Intent becomes your student's anniversary date, and it is the date when you must submit the Annual Education Evaluation form annually to the MDCPS Home Education Office.
No, we do not conduct standardized tests as part of our program. However, some families opt to administer proctored standardized tests to their children independently. These tests can serve the purpose of fulfilling the mandatory reporting requirement to the state.
In Florida, homeschooling offers flexibility in educational structure. Unlike public or private schools, homeschooled children are not assigned traditional grade levels. Instead, parents or guardians have the autonomy to set educational goals and create a curriculum tailored to their child's needs. There is no mandated progression to the next grade level.
Florida homeschooling laws require parents or guardians to maintain a portfolio of the student's work and conduct an annual evaluation of their progress. The evaluation can be performed by a certified teacher, a state-authorized evaluator, or through a standardized test. This evaluation ensures compliance with state regulations rather than determining grade promotion.
There are five ways to satisfy the Annual Education Evaluation per FL Statute 1002.41:
1. A teacher selected by the parent shall evaluate the student’s educational progress upon review of the portfolio and discussion with the student. Such teacher shall hold a valid regular Florida certificate to teach academic subjects at the elementary or secondary level.
2. The student shall take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher.
3. The student shall take a state student assessment test used by the school district and administered by a certified teacher, at a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district.
4. The student shall be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of Florida Statute.490.003(7) or (8); or
5. The student shall be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the district school superintendent of the district in which the student resides and the student’s parent. (FLVS TRANSCRIPTS)
Please refer to FL Statute 1002.41 for all requirements regarding the annual evaluation and portfolio.
At Starfish, we support families by managing your child's portfolio and providing assistance in finding a certified teacher for portfolio review. We ensure compliance with state requirements while respecting the freedom and individualized approach that homeschooling offers.
No, however, we do offer supplemental work if the child needs it or is requested by the parent/guardian. You can discuss with the teacher at any time about your child's progress.
Here are some benefits of not relying heavily on homework or grades for homeschooled children:
1. Individualized Learning: By eliminating grades and homework, homeschooled children can experience a truly personalized learning journey. Without the pressure of grades, students are encouraged to focus on their individual progress, strengths, and areas of growth. This fosters a deep sense of ownership and allows them to fully engage with the learning process.
2. Reduced Stress and Pressure: Removing grades and homework alleviates unnecessary stress and pressure on homeschooled children. They can explore subjects at their own pace, without the constant worry about performance and comparison. This creates a supportive and nurturing environment that promotes a love for learning and a positive attitude towards education.
3. Authentic Learning Experiences: Without the constraints of traditional grading systems and rigid homework assignments, homeschooled children have the freedom to engage in authentic, hands-on learning experiences. They can delve into topics that genuinely interest them, allowing for deep exploration and a greater retention of knowledge. This approach fosters a lifelong love for learning and encourages independent thinking and problem-solving skills.
4. Focus on Mastery and Understanding: Instead of striving for grades or completing homework for the sake of completion, homeschooled children can concentrate on mastering concepts and truly understanding the subject matter. This depth of understanding enhances critical thinking skills and provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning.
5. Flexible and Balanced Lifestyle: By eliminating grades and homework, homeschooled children have the flexibility to pursue a more balanced lifestyle. They can allocate time for extracurricular activities, hobbies, and family engagements, leading to a well-rounded education that extends beyond the confines of traditional academics.
6. Nurturing Creativity and Exploration: The absence of grades and homework allows homeschooled children to explore their creativity and follow their curiosity. They can engage in self-directed projects, delve into their passions, and pursue independent research. This freedom nurtures innovation, self-expression, and the development of unique talents and interests.
7. Stronger Parent-Child Bond: With no grades and homework, the parent-child relationship in homeschooling can flourish. Parents have the opportunity to actively participate in their child's education, facilitating open communication and deeper connections. This collaboration fosters a supportive and nurturing learning environment.