Alliance Francaise of Vermont, Classes and conversation groups for all levels. Call Burlington City Arts 865-7166 for a schedule of classes.

Art classes, at your home by artist/teacher P.R. Smith 879-2953. 15 years of experience teaching art to children ages 5-14. Artspace, Homeschoolers Art Classes and Summer Art Camps, Burlington, call Kate Hartley at 862-2898 for latest schedule. Instructors are experienced artists and teachers.

Beginning French, Beth Martell (Essex). Homeschool students ages 11-14. Beth is an enthusiastic, caring teacher with certification and 3 years experience. She has studied at the University of Nice, France and is currently home raising her children. 864-3024 leave a message.

Curriculum and resource consultant, Barbara Anne Komons-Montroll, 658-2478. Support for homeschooling a priority, assessments, certified teacher with strong belief that people have a variety of ways of learning and problem-solving.

Curriculum writer (802) 878-5673. Diane Miller will help people set up individual curriculums.
Essex Children’s Choir, Director, Constance J. Price. For registration information call 878-9733 or 863-8151. All singing children ages 8-16 are invited to join this very active, prestigious performing choir. They have recorded on A Prairie Home Christmas with Garrison Keillor and can be heard on Arabesque Recordings performing Brundibar, A Children’s Opera in two acts conducted by Robert De Cormier.


Individual/Family Counseling, DebShell, Attachment Style Parenting perspective, unschooler’s homeschooling guidance counseling, your home or hers, evenings or weekends, reasonable rates 524-9645.

LaFramboise, Laurel 685-3214. VT certified teacher, secretary for Vermonters for Educational Choice. Interested in providing statewide services to homeschoolers, in support of parental philosophies regarding curriculum and assessments. PO Box 243, Chelsea, VT 05038. Reasonable rates. 

Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, Nita Moccia 888-5052.Northern Lights Aviarist located in Hyde Park and Morrisville area. Ornithologist extraordinaire. 

Northeast Fiber Arts Center: Jennifer Hoag, Burlington 865-4981.

Piano lessons, all levels, Suzuki and traditional, children and adults, beginners welcome. Karen Bellis 860-1195. Karen has been teaching most of her adult life and belongs to the national and local piano teachers association.

Piano lessons, musicianship instruction, performance classes. Studio location: Colchester village. Camille Brubaker 879-0139.

Piano tuning and rebuilding, DavidBriars, Craftsbury, 586-9628, rebuilds, tunes and sells pianos- will assist homeschoolers who want to learn in a workshop setting.

Private voice and piano lessons, Doris Bante, Jericho 899-4221. All ages, beginners through intermediate. Also interested in teaching general music classes, small ensembles or specific courses. Reasonable rates.For online information please click on link

Science, Alan Wagener Classes for homeschoolers in progress. 860-1299

Spanish teacher, Call Ruth Murphy (Westford) 879-2708. Tutoring, individual, small groups, classes. All ages, parents welcome at no extra charge! Emphasis on the conversation.

Sundance Studio, If you can walk … you can dance! Dance classes for all ages by Annette Urbschat. She has been teaching Ballet and Creative dance since 1983. For her class schedule call 860-9927. 

The Martial Way: Introduces martial arts program to meet homeschoolers’ needs. David Quinlan, Colchester, 879-2554.

The Wood School, Tim Clark 864-4454. Homeschoolers classes, call for dates and times.

Tutor, Carl Engvall, 860-8482. Theatre, music, secondary science and math, assessments, certified.

Tutors, Kate and Julius Lieber, Calais, 456-1345. Biology / social studies/crafts.

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Homeschooling in Vermont Where To Begin

Homeschooling in Vermont Where To Begin

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states of the USA. To start home educating in Vermont, call the Department of Education at 802-828 2756 and ask for the Home Study packet. Read the information carefully and don’t offer more information than necessary. Send in your forms and curriculum and wait for a response, which should come within 2-3 weeks.


One of the great things about home education is its flexibility. Each home educating family can create its own unique home education experience. Even within one family, you can vary methods depending on the child or education level. If you have trouble implementing your chosen method, talk to other home educators, read about other methods to see if they can work in your situation. You can mix and match until you find something that works. Here are some common methods/materials used by home educators.

Packaged curriculum: Buy a ready-made curriculum and follow it either exactly or loosely, or enroll in a distance learning program. Oak Meadow School (Waldorf inspired) is a Vermont based curriculum provider/distance learning program, that is recognized by the Department of Education. However, there are many others available as well. You can pick from a variety of curricula to fit your children’s learning style or homeschooling philosophy. (Calvert, A Beka, Clonlara, Christian Liberty Academy, Oak Meadow, etc.) Some programs are religious in nature, and others are not. How Teens React To Stress

Homeschooling in Vermont Where To Begin

Textbooks: Most use traditional approach to classroom education, with much repetition and review for slower students. You may choose to skip sections your child already understands.

Workbooks: Workbooks are part of most packaged curricula, but can be purchased separately as well. They can be useful or tedious, depending on the child and subject area. Educational software can also be used as more animated practice material.

Unschooling: The child’s interests and desire to learn direct the learning process. Parents facilitate learning by providing a rich environment and supplying the child with materials of interest and instruction when appropriate. A lot of learning will take place from real life experiences. Unschooling does not require a planned curriculum, but because of Vermont law, you will still have to create one to satisfy the Department of Education. In this approach it is useful to create the curriculum based on your child’s current interest and knowledge base, projecting what you expect your child will be into next. Using noncommittal language like “topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:” is also helpful and accepted by the Home Study Unit. To learn more about this approach read Teach Your OwnLearning All the Time, or any other book by John Holt. Also The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellynn is a great resource for unschooling teens.

Charlotte Mason approach: This approach emphasizes “living books,” or first-rate literature upon which to base education, the development of good habits in children early on, the implementation of narration, telling or writing back what one has heard or read, and the importance of unstructured play, time outdoors, and weekly nature walks.

Unit Studies: Unit studies relate all subject areas to one another. You can create your own based on your child’s interests, or purchase unit studies based on literature or centered around religion, etc. (Advanced Training Institute International, Weaver, The Classics) Unit studies can be especially useful when you are teaching multiple children of differing age/skill levels. Children can focus on the same unit while practicing their individual skill levels.

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