If you are like we are, you are either homeschooling at the moment or looking into homeschooling in Puerto Rico.
After much research and consideration we decided to homeschool our kids. The reasons ranged from dislike of the federal and state school systems to the simple fact that no school here is equipped to accommodate our children’s medical dietary restrictions. Whatever your reasons are, the good news is that homeschooling in Puerto Rico is as liberal as they come.
According to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), Puerto Rico is a “green” state when it comes to homeschooling. This means that you can choose the method of homeschooling that best suits you and your family without having to contact the local government. Whether it’s organized and structured homeschooling with a curriculum or unschooling, you can do it here! There was an attempt to regulate homeschooling a few months back, but that went nowhere. We are particularly grateful for how liberal it is here because we have the flexibility to adjust our teachings according to our children’s and our needs and wants. The HSLDA also has lots of information regarding the legal aspect of homeschooling in Puerto Rico, so do give that site a look.
If you are concerned about any type of socialization and are looking to find ways to get your kids socialized, rest assured that there are ways to do that. There are always youth sports clubs such as soccer clubs, gymnastics, music, etc. When I was a kid I was in a basketball club and depending on where you live, the city may actually have programs sponsored by the city, for kids to be in such clubs. In addition, there are other homeschool groups, which usually go out as a group once a week or so to do some sort of field trip or activity. Click here for a list of registered homeschool groups in Puerto Rico (there may be others that are not registered on this webpage). Some of those are bilingual in English and Spanish, but please do keep in mind that the vast majority of peoplehere speak Spanish as a first language, so don’t expect everyone to only speak Spanish. This is also a good thing, meeting with these groups may be the only time your children get immersed in the Spanish language, even if it is just a few hours a day, it is better than nothing.
Even though Puerto Rico is a “green” state and you do not need to involve the government in your homeschool decisions, it may be a good idea to “register” your homeschool. There’s an organization called T’CHERs (The Caribbean Center of Home Education Resources) which would give you access to many resources and a membership card that may be considered as an official homeschool registration. Just something to have in hand just in case the state starts to ask why your kids are not in any school. However there are lots of resources and lots on iformation on how to get involved with different activities. So you can check them out at http://www.tchers.net.
Ah, one more thing, if you would like to test you child’s progress at the end of a year or a semester, there are places for testing. I know a friend of mine uses a company called Learn Aid Puerto Rico, they test for every grade level and compare the results with the national average. She said the tests normally run between $125 to $150 but discounts may be available if there is a large group of kids taking the test at the same time.
So as you can see, homeschooling in Puerto Rico is not only easy, but it is a very good fit for anyone wanting to homeschool, simply because they can homeschool however you see fit as parents.
I really hope this helps, please see the links I posted and get in touch with the homeschooling group of your choice.
Who knows! Maybe I’ll see you in one of the field trips!
Happy Homeschooling! =)