If you are wondering if homeschooling is for you and your family…I suggest reading “Homeschooling, California Style” by Ronnie Ugulano… (Ronnie is a local mom who has been homeschooling for over 9 years. I highly recommend her website, Pontiac High School, which has an incredible amount of awesome homeschooling info on it!) and “Essay on Homeschooling” by Larla Dey Maloney, a homeschooling student.

If you are concerned about preparing your child for the “Real World”, and think maybe public school is the best preparation for this, let me quote a very wise homeschooling mom (quoted with permission) and hopefully set your mind at ease:

“What about regular school is like the real world?
School, in general, and high school, in particular, seem to breed behaviors and feelings that many people spend the rest of their lives shaking off. Sometimes when I meet a VERY immature adult, I realize that they’re still treating life like high school…Success in life has nothing whatsoever to do with success in school. The type of competition taught and revered in most schools is detrimental to the cooperative teamwork that is needed for real success in business and personal happiness…It seems to teach a certain passivity in thinking. It breeds “followers” who can’t take a step on their own…The real leaders of tomorrow will be people who can stand on their own and think. Someone once said that children succeed despite their parents’ efforts to raise them (substitute schools).”

—  A homeschooling mom

Did you know that the Fresno area has a very large and active homeschooling community?

See below for the entire list of pages in this section, or check the page menu under “Homeschooling,” to learn more about homeschooling in general as well as specific info for our area.

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    10 Responses to Homeschooling

    • Scarlett Pruett says:


      We are a homeschooling family with 2 kids (10 and 12) moving to Fresno from Huntingtown, MD. We are possibly moving in the spring and wish to file as a private school. The problem is, you are supposed to file in October! Is there a loophole we can jump through to be able to continue homeschooling the rest of the year? We REALLY don’t want to put the kids in Public School or use the online curriculum, as we are in the middle of so much of our own curriculum right now. Thanks for your help!

    • alexandra says:

      I have a 3 yr old and I wanna home cool him I would like to know more about it. Hope to hear from you God bless you!

    • Odette Napoles says:

      hello, I have an almoust 3 year old girl and a 9 months old baby. My question is when is like the best time to start homeschool? im very interested in programs that i can follow so i can start, i dont want to push or rush too much my babies, so… 🙂

      • Webmama_Tina says:

        Legally you have until the year they are 6yrs old on or before Sept 1. And I do not recommend starting academics with them until after that, as developmentally it’s not appropriate. Young children learn through play and it is actually detrimental to them to push academics too soon.

        I have an article I just wrote about delaying academics as all the experts have been saying for YEARS and YEARS that it’s not appropriate to start too soon. (And yet the public school system and even many homeschoolers refuse to listen.) And too soon is before 6…some say even later is better. Read the article, there’s tons of great links to info in there.

    • Andrea says:

      Looking for summer classes for my !4 yr old. He is a freshman at Caruthers High and struggling in math and science. Would like some information on what classes you offer.

      • Webmama_Tina says:

        Andrea, I’m not sure what you’re asking…you are posting on the homeschooling page. Homeschooling is when a parent educates their own child.

        I don’t offer any classes….I homeschool my own kids. This website offers lots of info on classes available in our area, but I don’t run any of them, I just list them on my site so others can find them.

        Sorry, I’m not any help. I’d look into the Fresno Adult School classes, if I were you. Or maybe Caruthers has an equivalent? Might also be able to do some classes at a community college.

    • Serena Lara says:

      I have a four year old daughter that I am interested in doing homeschooling but I would love to know the whole process I need to get it done.

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