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I’m new to homeschooling, so where do I even start?!

This is a very common question.  Families are often concerned about legalities and wonder if they can even do homeschooling and we’re here to support you.  You can do it!  I’ve written a few articles to help out, so if you would like more information, see this blog article for a plan of action.

 

What does Learn Beyond The Book have to offer?

Learn Beyond The Book exists to provide support for all your independent education needs in a caring environment.  We help each child grow at their own pace, academically and emotionally.  We provide engaging classes,  as well as social clubs, field trips, camping trips, information meetings and workshops about homeschooling.

To find out more about all these great events, join this free meetup group to stay updated as new events are added regularly.

 

What makes Learn Beyond The Book unique?

We offer hands-on,  fun, and engaging classes while still having real learning occurring.  Sometimes classes for homeschoolers are advertised as “fun” and hands-on, even project-based, but the students don’t learn much or don’t remember what the relationship was between the subject matter and the projects, but at Learn Beyond The Book we strive to connect the learning with the projects and we have received very positive feedback about this.

We take great care in selecting highly qualified and caring teachers and mentors.  Each teacher is an expert in the field that they’re teaching. This way their passion spills over to the students!  They are also kind and respectful mentors that parents love to have around their children.

Parents love the fact that they can pick specific classes that they feel their student needs or topics they don’t want to teach themselves and they know it is taught by a passionate and caring teacher.

Our class sizes don’t exceed 12 students to make sure everyone gets a high level of interaction with the teacher and the teacher understands each child’s needs.  We care about the whole child, not just their academic needs. We work really hard on creating a physically and emotionally safe environment where everyone can grow and learn at their own pace.  We do not tolerate bullying, but encourage kind and positive behavior.  We always welcome input and feedback from parents and students as well.

Parents also love that there is NO registration fee or materials fee that is in addition to tuition costs.  It is an all-inclusive price and makes it financially more viable, whether students enroll in just one or several classes.

 

What kinds of classes are offered?

We offer:

  • All the core classes for different levels (Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies)
  • Tons of enrichment, such as
    • Music classes (Homeschool Band, Guitar, Strings),
    • Technology classes (Technology, Programming, Video Game Design, 3D Modeling, Graphic Design),
    • Performing Arts (Theater, Improv, Stage Combat),
    • Fine Arts (lots of Art classes, even cross-curricular, Art History, Ceramics),
    • Home Economics (Cooking, Sewing),
    • Film Genres
    • Public Speaking and Debate
    • PE
    • 2nd Language (French) and more.

For more details, feel free to check out our Fall 2015 Schedule for Santa Clarita.

 

How do I decide which classes are right for my kids?

As homeschoolers, we all have different approaches to teaching and every child has their own individual learning style as well.  We try to accommodate everyone’s differences and styles as best we can (another reason for small class sizes).  Most of the time you will know which classes will work best for your children and the age range on the schedule is a good rule of thumb.  However, if you are not sure, you are welcome to contact us, because every child is so unique and we can discuss what the best option for them will be.

I am most frequently asked about Math placement.  To decide, consider what level they most recently mastered and then go down this list of sequential math classes to decide which level would be best for them.  Again, if you are unsure, contact me, so we can do a placement assessment.

Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Reading clocks, Simple measuring, Money

Multiplication & Division

Decimals,% and Fractions

Integers, Measurements & Word Problems

Pre-Algebra (year-long course) Algebra 1 (year-long course)

Geometry (year-long course)

Algebra 2 (year-long course)

 

What is offered for high school students?

We have a good number of high school students enrolled. Because the high school years are crucial years for friendships, we provide a good forum for making connections and fostering a healthy social environment.  The high school classes are always high quality and taught by an expert in their field (either a single-subject high school credentialed teacher or other qualified professional).  This commitment to high-level instruction can aid students in fulfilling high school graduation requirements and get them ready for college.

We are also very excited about our Teen Series, which happens bi-weekly on Friday afternoons. The series is focused on helping teens learn the skills necessary for succeeding in school, college, work, and life.  Right after the series, we also have a high school social group that will meet for games and events like bowling, rock climbing, go-kart racing, ice skating, and more.  Our teens also participate in volunteer work, teen dances and even a home school prom.

We’re committed to setting our teens up for the future.  For more information about the Teen Series details, please click here.

 

How do I pay for classes?    

Since we do not charge any registration and materials fees, families often find that their dollars go further than usual.  That being said, there are several ways to pay for tuition.

We are vendors for all the main charter schools serving homeschoolers in Santa Clarita and surrounding areas, so many of our families in charter schools use their funds to pay for classes, some of them driving quite far from all over LA County.

Many others pay cash for classes upfront and others pay tuition in 5 equal payments per semester, payable by the 1st of each month, which makes it more affordable.

 

How will I know what my kids did in class?

Every teacher is required to update a file in a yahoo group every week after class so that parents can be kept updated about the content covered in class as well as any projects to be done at home.  Parents use these learning records files to complete their monthly charter school forms as well.

Students will also be bringing home some work samples for most classes and that is another way for parents to know what they’re working on in class and can be used for charter school requirements.

Once registered,  families receive an invitation to join the yahoogroup.

 

Any other questions?  Email us at LearnBeyondTheBook@gmail.com

 

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