Author Archives: Karen Taylor

Easy Steps to Filing a Private School Affidavit (PSA) and Establishing Your Own Private School!

Filing a PSA is a great option for many, and it may be right for you. It was for me. As you begin, I suggest a word of caution about social media comments that may recommend filing a PSA “because it’s so easy.” Yes, the PSA is a free document, but filing is just the […]

What You Need to Know about Preschool, TK, and Kindergarten

Did you know that Kindergarten is not required by law? In California, compulsory education begins the year a child is 6 by September 1st.  If you want to homeschool for the preschool – kindergarten years, you can! Your child’s learning time (whenever he’s awake!) is too valuable to be wasting it with schoolish assignments, so […]

Unpreschooling Experiences

It’s back to school time. If you are not taking your child to preschool, what are you doing? There are probably some people asking you that and wondering how your child will ever be ready for school in the future! A successful home unpreschool doesn’t need to look like the local drop-off preschool. It can […]

A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Civics Now!

When should you teach civics?  For public school teens, it’s often a semester course in their senior year. They’re almost voting age, so that makes sense. But what about homeschoolers? It often happens when there is interest in learning more, and with two legislative bills currently threatening homeschooling in California, this is an excellent learning […]

What Year-Round Homeschooling Looks Like!

Are you considering homeschooling year-round but worried that it would be too exhausting to never have a break? Years ago someone asked how it was different from following the public school schedule with time off from “school”.  My response was: I don’t teach year-round, I respond year-round, and that’s a big difference! So yes, it’s […]