Time for an update!

Time for an update since I know I haven’t logged on for awhile.

Li, Hayden, and Jared are continuing homeschooling, and it does have its frustrating moments mainly with the boys. Sometimes, if I’m not standing right next to them, they have a tendency to go back to watching YouTube videos or playing video games. They’ve gotten better, but it’s a matter of getting their focus back on track. But I still wouldn’t want to put them back into private school. I LOVE the flexibility of homeschooling and how we’re not rushing out the door in the mornings nor worrying about what they have for homework for the night or if they even DID their homework or what projects are due when or if they have enough lunch money or if I paid after care or needing money for various school programs or wearing a certain something just to get an ‘out of uniform’ pass. I like that they’re not getting in trouble (ie “thinking time” or detention or points off conduct) for talking in class or for forgetting a pencil or for wearing the wrong uniform. I love that I get to be home with my kids and how they can come to me whenever to ask questions about something they don’t understand. And sometimes, I learn new things with them as well!

I had started doing MUS (Math-U-See) with them back in July and realized that at the pace they were going, they would be into the next level by September! So I will probably end up buying the next level in October or so. I really don’t see a reason why I should slow down since it would then just be a lot of busy work for them.

We went up to about Lesson 70 in the “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” book with Li. I’ve stopped using that, although, Li will occasionally pick it up and want to read from there. Her reading has improved tremendously. I videotaped her reading a 2nd grade level book, and my brother, who has a daughter about 6 months older than Li, said they have got to “get on the ball” with their daughter and that he could tell Li was actually reading and had not memorized the book. Michael also said I did a tremendous job with Li and her reading. I wish I had used that book with the other kids growing up (less fighting, less tears), but live and learn. Li’s reading now comes from a variety of areas – starfall.com, RazKids (usually does Levels D-F), library books, Junie B. Jones etc.

I’ll also have the boys do a couple of activities on http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com. Jared told me he knew what today’s Word of the Day (“melee”) meant since it was used in some video game. heh.

I hadn’t intended on buying any more programs, but I saw this Mod Design I course by Youth Digital offered on the Homeschool Buyers Coop website. And seeing as how the boys like Minecraft, I thought (AND HOPE!) this would be a great way for them to learn Java. We haven’t started it yet, but Jared did like the videos about the course.

Jared is currently listening to The Maze Runner on YouTube and wants to see it when it comes out in theaters. When he first started listening to it, he was really bored with it but also had no idea a movie was being based on it. After I showed him the trailer, he said the book got more interesting. 🙂

So the boys and Li basically do Math, Science, Social Studies, Vocabulary, Spelling, Reading five days a week. And the other 2 days, I think they’re still learning as well. I told my sister that homeschooling is really just constant learning.

Michela started school this week at a local Christian high school. She’s doing great as a new Freshman, making new friends, understanding her classes and is already on their Cheer squad. But surprisingly, she did tell me she was interested in homeschooling next year. She has it in her mind that she wants to graduate early. I’m thinking, though, she might change her mind. It’s funny, I was reading through each of her teacher’s syllabi and their expectations etc. I mean, it’s what you would typically expect – when the teacher is talking, the student must be quiet and no bathroom breaks during class etc – and it’s just funny how the parent and student have to sign a form for that. I wouldn’t give it a second thought if I wasn’t homeschooling, but now that I am, it’s just eye-opening that I would always just sign those forms in the past without thinking much of it. Can you imagine telling your homeschooled child they couldn’t use the bathroom while in the middle of a Math problem? And then just the assignments itself? I mean, last night, Michela had a Science worksheet on conversions. Seriously, how many of us have had to convert a decidime or a kilogrand? Yes, you read that right. Granted, that part of the worksheet wasn’t graded, but she probably would’ve gotten an Incomplete if she didn’t even try. And I get that it’s basically all review in the beginning of the year, but how basic does one have to get? I LOL’d when I saw her Algebra I assignment where it pretty much asked you to add 3-digit numbers! And I’m paying $700/month for this? I’m sure it’ll get more challenging. 🙂

We will probably reassess early next year on what Michela wants to do, but I’m hoping she does want to homeschool. Okay, so part of it is for selfish reasons. I would like for all of my kids at home and to not be paying anymore private school tuition. Plus, Michael and I celebrated our 5 year Anniversary in Hawaii 9 years ago. I LOVED Hawaii, but I always felt guilty for not taking the kids. So next year, with hopefully all the kids homeschooling, I’m thinking how great it would be to take a Hawaiian family vacation maybe in October 2015…when typically most kids should be in school. We’ll see. It’ll be expensive, of course. And I want all our credit cards paid off first! But I’m still working my at-home jobs and I’m very appreciative for how much I get paid for such easy work!

Oh, I did end up telling one of my managers how Michael and I have decided to homeschool. Surprisingly, she was excited for me. And although she herself wouldn’t consider it (I think she has a 2 and a 5-year-old), she does ask me how it’s going. That was one thing I was worried about – having to tell her – and I’m super happy she has no negative thoughts about it!


Kids say the darndest things, don’t they?

I’m still so embarrassed. I had to write this down since I’m still replaying what happened in my head. Although, I know more embarrassing things have happened to others.

Yesterday, Michela’s friend, Amy invited her over for a sleepover. Amy’s family was staying at a very nice hotel while the floors in their million-dollar home was being worked on. So Michela and Amy were going to have a room of their own.

I took Li with me when we dropped off Michela. I should’ve known better. Li had not taken her nap. And yeah, we know how that is when a 4-year-old hasn’t taken her nap. UGH.

So Amy’s mom showed us their rooms when we got to the hotel. Li was just so excited about everything in the hotel and exclaiming how it was “so beautiful!” and how she didn’t want to leave. Amy’s dad also showed up, and Li was wanting to hold his hand and walk everywhere with him. Then they invited (ie were really insistent) us to eat a snack with them in the hotel’s cafe. So we went.

Li wanted to walk everywhere but managed to sit down and eat and drink something. And of course, she kept interrupting Amy’s mom and I as we were talking. And she kept asking Amy’s mom questions and then showing her the food in her mouth. Lovely. I know Amy’s mom was getting annoyed. Then Li said, “I have to go potty!!!” and of course, she had to repeat it like 4 or 5 times. So Michela and Amy took her to the bathroom. Amy’s dad had run into some people and was talking with them.

So Amy’s mom and I were talking about school etc. Of course, she was shocked to hear I was going to be homeschooling, and told me some stuff she heard from the former school principal on how she didn’t know she was going to be fired and took it to the bishop who didn’t care etc but that’s not the point of this post.

When the girls got back from the bathroom, after a little bit more chit-chat, I told Li to say good bye to everyone. Amy’s dad had gotten back to our table by this time, and he was standing, looking down at Li, with his arms wide open, and she screamed, “GOOD BYE, FAT MAN!!!” Silence. Amy’s mom’s mouth literally dropped open. I was so embarrassed. I mean, in Li’s defense, he is a really tall, fat man, but I just felt so bad. Of course, Amy’s dad played it off like he didn’t care and made the comment, “Kids are so honest.” Li and I got out of there fast.

Hopefully, when they drop off Michela this afternoon, I will be busy with something.

So I may have overdone it

I’ve been doing more research on online curriculums and decided not to do T4L just because I really wanted a stronger Science course. Also, I could see that Jared (my 8th grader) would probably get bored with T4L’s Science and Social Studies sections since, from what I read, it’s mainly just reading. I haven’t found any really good Social Studies online programs…maybe Alpha Omega’s Monarch? Still not sure. I mean, the boys are already signed up for a Session 1 class for Minecraft Homeschool. Jared’s going to be in the Castles and Cannons class, which supposedly covers “Ancient History,” so that could count towards Social Studies, right? Hayden’s signed up for Build Your Own Adventure, which is supposed to cover “Creative Writing/Videography/Public Speaking/Research”…so that’s more Language Arts. But he wants to do Castles and Cannons for Session 2. We’ll see.

For Math, we’re going to use Math-U-See. Even though Jared took Algebra for 7th grade, I showed him the sample Math-U-See Algebra lessons, which he didn’t recognize, so I got him the Pre-Algebra packet. I got Hayden the Delta package, but I’m thinking I should have started him at an earlier level even though he saw the online sample Gamma lessons and thought they were too easy. Initially, I was going to go with TeachingTextbooks for Math instead, but Jared didn’t like the teacher’s voice. heh.

I found this Homeschool Buyer Co-op site and decided to get the ScienceFusion program. I’ve read the complaints of the ScienceFusion site’s layout, but it seems like a solid curriculum, and I like the online/workbook combo.

I’ll probably also end up getting the Wordly Wise 3000 Online to use along with Vocabulary Spelling City. The kids used Spelling City when they were in school, and I always thought that was a good site. For Li’s Handwriting Without Tears, I ended up getting the following items: Blackboard with Double Lines, Letters and Numbers for Me workbook, Little Chalk Bits, Little Sponge Cubes, Pencils for Little Hands, Rock, Rap, Tap & Learn CD, Wide Notebook Paper (500 sheets). She already had done some writing in Pre-K, so she’s doing fine with HWT for now. She likes the CD and also that I let her draw pictures on the chalkboard after doing a lesson. No issues really with the workbook either. She’s also signed up for Starfall for more reading, phonics etc. I’ve always liked that site!

The Discovery Education Streaming Plus also looks good as a supplement for many subjects! I’m signed up with their Free Trial at the moment and was surprised at how much there is. I thought it was just going to be a collection of boring, old videos. 🙂

For Reading, Jared finished “A Christmas Carol” and is going to start on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which I don’t know much about except that it looks like a book he’d be interested in since he likes those Lemony Snickett ones. Hayden finished and loved A Wrinkle in Time – that was one of my favorites as a kid. I had no idea Disney made a movie on it, so we watched it after he finished the book. I could tell there was a lot of green screening used in the movie. 🙂 He’s also started reading The Lemonade War. And as I mentioned in my previous post, Li is doing a lot of reading of children’s books.

I’ve also found a ton of sites to use for FREE for Foreign Language, Music, and just educational games for supplement. These are the links I’ve looked at:


Hoffman Academy

123 Teach Me – Spanish for Kids


Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool (ton of stuff here!)

e-learning for kids

Teach Your Monster to Read



Khan Academy


Lesson Pathways (lots here, too!)




Code Maven

Typing Web

So now, I’m working on Lesson Plans etc, but I’d prefer to use an online planner just because if I wrote it in an actual planner, I could see myself rewriting and crossing out things, which would be a mess. I looked at a few and settled on Mardel’s online one. It’s ok. But if anyone has other favorites, please let me know.

“Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” – so far so good!

I found some homeschool forum that recommended the book “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” by Siegfried Engelmann for teaching your child to read. I checked the book out at the library and have started using it with Li. It seems pretty easy for a parent to follow. The beginning lessons were repetitious and super easy for Li since she knows her ABCs and letter sounds and some sight words. But even though she knows all that, I’m still doing each lesson with her.

We’re not doing any of the writing lessons that come with each lesson, though. From the reviews I’ve read, some moms have also opted not to do the writing, and their child has done extremely well even when not completing all 100 Lessons. We just started doing Handwriting Without Tears a few days ago, which she loves. No tears so far!

Anyway, based on many of the book’s reviews, the overall recommendation is to not do the Lesson if your child is just not ready nor interested. Makes sense so your child doesn’t start to hate the book everytime you take it out. I’m trying really hard not to push Li to complete a lesson if she’s starting to get bored or would rather do something else. And we also haven’t done it every day just because either I’ve been busy with something or she would rather play something on my Kindle or go on sproutonline!

We started Lesson 1 on 5/18/2014 and have averaged a couple of lessons per day. We’re now up to Lesson 52! Just a little over halfway there, and she has definitely improved. I think the book, though, says something about not doing more than a lesson a day? Or maybe I read that in a review. But we don’t follow that especially since the beginning lessons were way too easy for her. I like how this book actually helps with comprehension, too. The book itself is easy to follow, but I don’t always follow the instructions (ie what the parent should say verbatim) and that’s just because Li will see the words on the page and just start reading them so sometimes, we don’t repeat certain words as instructed. Since the book will be due back to the library soon, I ordered a used copy off of abebooks.com, so she loves that she has her own book. Of course, when I take out the book to do some lessons, she still likes to jump around and say stuff like, “Ooohhh!! Why do I have to read??!!” But once she gets into the lessons in the book, she can go super fast! Sometimes, we’ll do things such as rolling a ball back and forth and saying the words on the page, or she’ll just jump around or use a balance board while reading. Try doing that in a typical classroom! She definitely does not like to sit still for long and read. The horror. :p We’ve supplemented by reading other books as well, and I’m definitely satisfied with her progress. I’m thinking I’ll do a video of her reading when we’re close to finishing the book. I wish I had done a video of her reading level when we started a month ago just to compare.

Oops! (note for my followers etc)

Sorry. I haven’t checked my email that is connected to this blog for about a week now, and I did not realize I had any followers! HA! Sorry about that! I feel SO honored by you all and any future followers! Thank you so much for liking my posts, comments, and just being interested! SO SWEET. What a nice way to end the week!

Also, today is my kids’ LAST DAY at their private school. FREEDOM!!!

WAHM and Homeschooling

I’ve come across some “WAHMs (Work At Home Moms) who Homeschool” websites (blogs, forums, videos etc). I love some of their tips! Below are some of my favorites so far. I saw a really good one on youtube, which I can’t seem to find right now! I may update this post as I find other favorites. Please email me at itstimewehomeschool@gmail.com if you have any other recommendations.


“You’re Too Frail!”

It’s funny that no matter how old we get, we still sometimes worry what our parents will think. 🙂

I finally told my (almost 70 yr-old) mom I plan to homeschool 3 of my kids, and she was not happy. Naturally, she has the old school mentality that one has to homeschool 8 hours a day and worries about me teaching the correct curriculum and of course she brought up the “s” word (ie socialization). She worries that because I will also be working from home, that I will either not have time to dedicate to the kids, or that I will be neglecting my job. She’s worried I may get fired because something’s gonna give.
She also thinks I should be “selfish” and just spend the money to have someone else educate the kids. As a mom, she worries about my health and worries I may be “too frail” for this. Her reasoning is because I have some internal tremor condition where my hands will occasionally be shaky. My dad had the shaky hands thing, too, and I guess it doesn’t help that he was just diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
It’s not that she’s 100% against homeschooling. She feels socialization is not that big of a deal if the kids get involved with other activities. When we were in elementary school, there was a family who had enrolled their homeschooled kids, and they were very bright and socially fine. She also doesn’t agree with how the kids’ school wants to hold Li back for maturity.
My mom is just primarily against it for the sake of my health and my career. So I can see why she would worry about me.
But I KNOW homeschooling is something I really want to do. I LOVE spending time with my children even if they do drive me nuts! I KNOW that the standard, structured school system is not where my kids, particularly my two youngest, belong. I KNOW IT. I LOVE that I will get to be home with them and learn with them.
I’m not dumb. I know it’ll be a challenge to both work from home AND homeschool. But I know it can be done. I know there are numerous moms who work at home and also homeschool. And I’m not going to let anyone’s negativity distract me from this life change.

Minecraft Homeschool – Q&A

I was browsing some homeschooling forum and came upon a thread discussing Minecraft Homeschool. My boys really love Minecraft. Jared and I even went to the Minecon convention in Orlando last year. Talk about an expensive trip! But that’s pretty interesting that children can learn from this video game. I emailed them (info@minecrafthomeschool.com) some questions, and Ms. Jody responded.

Q1: On what date can I start to enroll my kids for the 2014-2015 Session 1 class? What is the deadline?
A1: June 2nd Session 1 opens for enrollment. Deadline is always 2 weeks before the class begins.

Q2. It looks like the Core Classes are $15.95 for a 5-week session. Is that correct?
A2: Yes. Plus a bonus 6th week with no curriculum to “say goodbye” to the sever.

Q3: Do you offer any sibling discounts?
A3: No. We feel that we offer an unbelievable price on the program already. We expect kids to spend 4 to 6 hours per week in our program so that is a rate of 0.66 per hour.

Q4: Is there an option to sign up for all Sessions 1-5 before September 2014? If not, how far in advance would one have to enroll for subsequent sessions?
A4: Not at this time. We are considering the option to allow you to enroll in a single set of classes, but it would be 100% nonrefundable. Our single enrollments allow you to request a refund up to the end of the first week of class. The group enrollments would allow you to sign up for all US History, or all Creative writing… We are still working through the details of that and if we offer it, will have it ready by June 2nd.

Guilt…and then…not so much

As this school year nears its end, the onslaught of school concerts and programs and other events occur. Just the past 2 weeks have included Li’s Pre-K play, Hayden’s outdoor class erupting-volcano project, volleyball games and tournaments, Jared’s guitar concert, and Michela’s choral concert. And there’s still a few more upcoming 8th grade events Michela has.

I love watching my kids interacting with their friends and just seeing them get excited about their performances.

And then I feel guilty.

I hate that my 3 kids that I will be homeschooling for 2014-2015 will no longer be involved with their friends in anymore of these school events. I feel guilty that Jared won’t get to experience all the fun 8th grade activities – trips and graduation – with those he’s known since Kindergarten. I feel guilty that Hayden won’t get to join the basketball team next year with his friends. I feel guilty that Li won’t get to grow up with those kids she met this year.

But then I look at the positive.

I love that I will no longer receive a note from a teacher about how my 4-year-old daughter “did not get a sticker this week” for not listening or for not sitting still in circle time. Did I mention she’s 4??

I love that I will no longer receive a note from a teacher about how my son could “not sit still” in class and so she had to move him away from the rest of the class.

I love that I will no longer receive a note from a teacher about how my child was not paying attention in church (because aren’t all adults 100% attentive at church?).

I love that I will no longer hear about my sons being bullied in school.

I love that I will no longer hear from my kids about how some teacher was “being mean” or has their favorites (admittedly, Michela is a favorite of one of her teachers) or how some teacher was being condescending or rude or only being nice when the parents were around (you know who they are!).

I love that I will no longer get a call from the Assistant Principal saying my son has detention for having his ipod (which the teacher assumed was a phone) at lunch, or for having his ipod in church (how many adults have been on their phone in church?), or for talking in class, or for interrupting the class, or for questioning a teacher about a subject (in which the teacher thought he was being rude), or for being out of uniform (ie not having a belt, not wearing the right shirt, not wearing the right shoes, having his hair too long). I understand I signed up for all those rules when enrolling them in a private school, but now that I can reflect on this, really, who writes up these rules? And does it really help the kids in the end?

I mean, I think back to all the times for which my kids have “gotten in trouble,” and really, none of them were “OMG! SHE/HE DID WHAT?! THAT’s JUST TERRIBLE!” Stop the presses. My child hugged another child, and they just can’t do that. Really?

It will be SUCH A RELIEF to not have to deal with such trivial things anymore!

And then I feel guilty that I actually punished my kids for not sitting still or for not listening in class or for whatever reason the teacher gave in her handwritten notes. I hate that those notes made me anxious, and yet, I had to act cordial in front of these teachers.

I don’t want this to sound like I hate their teachers because I can understand their situation. No way would I want to teach 20 kids at the same time in the same room for a whole day for a whole school year. NO WAY. So I can understand they may have their frustrations; although, I’m guessing you do know what you’re signing up for when you study to be a teacher. But, I mean, I get it. I do. I have friends and family who are teachers. I respect them. I think my kids’ teachers have done a great job teaching my kids the curriculum they intended to teach. I just don’t like some of the nit-picky things they have had to write home about. Just because I don’t agree with some of the things they’ve said or done, it does not mean I think they are horrible teachers. They’re not.

And, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think it’s OK for my child to bite someone. And I don’t think it’s great that both Li and Hayden were able to cut a hole in their shirts during class. But, there were times when I would see a teacher’s note, and think, “Yeah. So what?”

Now that I will be homeschooling, I love that Li and Hayden will be able to focus on expressing themselves and learning through their “projects” and that they won’t get in trouble for not putting their stuff away because “it’s not time for that.”

I love that Jared will get to learn some computer programming skills on his own, which the school doesn’t teach. He’s already teaching himself how to program now! I think he will be my IT Geek.

I love that I will get to be with them and see them have their lightbulb moments.

For now, Michela will be in a traditional Christian high school with all their policies and procedures, and she’s good with that. Some kids like that and learn well that way. I wonder, though, how different her life would be had she been homeschooled from the start.

HomeLife Academy (HLA) – Q&A

The following are some notes from a couple of emails between HLA and I. These questions were initially sent to David Parkerson (admin@homelifeacademy.com), but they were answered by Lynn Knowlton (lynn@homelifeacademy.com). Lynn Knowlton is an HLA Counselor; phone # is 1-888-560-0774 ext. 3509.

Message: I live in TN and plan on having my kids finish the school year in May 2014. Then I plan to start homeschooling them (for the first time!) for 2014-2015. I have been researching Church-related Umbrella schools and have seen HLA keep coming up in my searches. I have a few questions about HLA.

Q1: Let’s say I were to decide to enroll with HLA this week. If I decide to register for 2014-2015, will HLA contact the kids’ school before the end of May? I just want to be sure their school won’t be confused and think I’m pulling them out for the 2013-2014 school year.

A1: HLA will begin requesting records for all student’s enrolling for the 14/15 school year on May 15th. If you need HLA to request records at a later date you can make a note at the top of the Educational Plan box of the application.

Q2: One of the reasons I am looking to homeschool is because my 4-year-old daughter, who is in Pre-K at a private school, although she passed her Kindergarten screening, her teacher still wants to hold her back for maturity reasons. I disagree with this, but because it is a private school, we would have to abide by their rules if we stayed. I noticed HLA has this question as part of their application: “Has the student(s) been charged with truancy, suspension, expulsion, misdemeanor, or been on probation?” How would you expect me to respond to that knowing my 4-year-old’s situation?

A2: You would answer “no” to that question because being held back is not the same as being kicked out of school or receiving disciplinary action by the school.

Q3: I also noticed that HLA requires an “Educational Plan“. This is very confusing for me since HLA states “An educational plan is a list of books and other materials your student will be using at home for each class. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to determine the courses and materials/books your student(s) will be using for his/her classes.” What is confusing is if I decide to use an online curriculum such as Time 4 Learning (www.time4learning.com). I did find their online curriculums for my kids:

Is that good enough for HLA? If so, would the information on those pages need to be entered in the application, or would the links suffice? If the information on those pages are not good enough for HLA, then does that mean HLA does not support online home schooling where no specific books are listed?

A3: The Educational Plan is a list of the classes and the resources being used for each class. If you will be using Time4Learning for each class, you will simply list the information as follows: Math – Time4Learning, Language Arts – Time4Learning and etc, on your application. You will do this for each class.

**I emailed Lynn a followup question to this asking what are all the subjects that HLA expects as part of our curriculum. Here’s the Q&A to that:

Q3 Follow-up: I’m still hung up on curriculum. Are the following subjects ones that HLA is specifically looking for? Am I missing anything, or are there ones I don’t need to submit? This will be for a Kindergartener, 4th Grader, and 8th Grader.

Language Arts
Social Studies/History

A3 Follow-up: HLA does not have specific “requirements” until high school. However, all students in grades K-8th should be focusing on the 3Rs (Reading, Writing, Arithmetic) at minimum.  Any additional courses can be based on the student’s interested or whatever you feel is necessary.

Since you have an 8th grader, now is a good time to begin looking over the High School section of our website to become familiar with our high school requirements. This information may help you determine what courses the 8th grader needs to focus on the most over the next year.

Q4: If our Educational Plan changes, and I switch from Time4Learning to something else, would I have to notify HLA anytime that happens?

A4: If you change resources for a class, simply log into your account and update the information as needed.

Q5: Does HLA give any sort of “It’s time to renew” reminder towards the end of the school year for their existing students?

A5: HLA sends out notices by email advertising Pre-registration discounts beginning in January of each year. You must be re-enrolled each year by the time school starts in your area. Discounts are greater the earlier you re-enroll and the fees increase in August.

Q6: Do you think it is necessary to register with HSLDA.org?

A6: Yes, we recommend that families sign up with HSLDA.

Q7: Also, I noticed on our school district’s webpage, it states:

It is the responsibility of these schools to notify the school system when they enroll a student from our school district. Parents enrolling a child in one of these schools should take the initiative to see that this is done.

I’m sure we’re not the first family in this area who has used HLA. 🙂 I’ve emailed the Policy contact person from our school district about this, but have yet to hear back. Do you know if HLA will notify our school district after we sign on with them? Or, will I have to do that?

A7: You do not have to notify anyone about homeschooling. Simply let the private school know that she will not return in the fall. HLA will take care of requesting records from that private school. This will serve as the schools official notice that the student is officially transferred so they can send records. HLA sends a list of students to the county each year notifying them who is enrolled.