"Homeschooling FAQs" #4

**Disclaimer: All information presented on this blog is based on our best understanding of current homeschool laws in the state of Florida at the time of each posting, and in particular the homeschool laws for Hillsborough County, where Class Source is located. However, we are not legal experts, and the information posted in this group does not constitute legal advice. Homeschool laws can vary by county and state. If you are uncertain of the homeschool regulations and requirements in your area, please verify using your local resources. The HSLDA website has a resource which allows you to look up homeschool laws by state, and is a good place to start: https://hslda.org/legal.**

This week's FAQ is:

How do I know what material I need to cover for a particular grade level?

In the state of Florida, “grade level” for home-educated students is more of a helpful marker than a rigid classification. In one school year, a child might be ready for “third grade” in some subjects, yet performing at “fifth grade” or “second grade” level in others. This is okay. Generally, when homeschoolers talk about grade levels, they’re going based on the child’s age as roughly equivalent to the grade that child would be in for that age in a public or private school environment. Benchmarks for grade levels in your state/county can generally be found at that school districts’ website, and they can be a useful tool for figuring out what realistic educational goals/targets are for your child’s age. However, if your child is still struggling with a subject, it’s okay to slow down. If your child is excelling in a subject area, it’s okay to speed up or weave in other things to keep the child challenged and engaged. Home-education is all about doing what works best for your child’s needs and development.

If you want more info on Homeschooling in Florida, we've just started a Homeschool Q&A group on Facebook! You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomeschoolQATampaBay/.

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