We strive to build a community at Wild Oak Explorers. I knew from birth that my third child was neurodivergent. I started researching and learning about autism the more she grew. I learned all I could about Montessori from the age of one and brought it into our lives and lived it. By the time she was two I started looking for alternative education and decided on homeschooling. When it was time for her to start school I found Charlotte Mason and loved the family learning style. It can be overwhelming with the amount of resources for homeschoolers and it can be scary to think
“Am I doing this right?”
“Will my child learn everything they need to know”
“Will people think we’re weird because of our choice?”
“Will my child find friends to be with regularly?
“Will I find friends to help support me?”
The answers to those questions are YES!! We are here to help and support you and your family. We offer family field trips, regular coffee and chats to discuss happenings and any questions you may have, museum trips, Friendsgiving, Winter Solstice, end of the year field trips and more.
Nassau County Home Educators (NCHE) is our large homeschool group in the county. After becoming a member, you have access to their events, facebook group, and large library where you may borrow books as well as curriculum materials. Their events include a kindergarten graduation, prom, and high school graduation.
They offer to Co-ops, BLESS on Fridays and STEAM on Wednesdays
Another very important resource with a ton of information:
Here are homeschool Facebook groups:
Florida is a state that offers scholarships. As a homeschooler you have two options, Unique Abilities and Personalized Education Plan (PEP)
The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA)
Personalize the education of your child with unique abilities. This scholarship is delivered as an education savings account (ESA) that you can direct toward a combination of programs and approved providers. This includes schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology, a college savings account and more.
Available to students age 3 through grade 12 or age 22, whichever comes first, who have a specific diagnosis
$10,000 average award for an FES-UA scholarship
Funds may be used for tuition and fees for a private school, homeschooling options, therapies, tutoring and more
Personalized Education Plan (PEP)
Florida students who are not full-time private or public school students can access the Personalized Education Program (PEP) through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. This scholarship provides an educational savings account (ESA) to fund the educational needs of eligible students.
Open to K-12 Florida residents not enrolled in full-time private or public school regardless of household income.
Students must be at least age 5 by Sept 1, of the school year in which they wish to enroll.
Provides access to an education savings account (ESA) that functions like a bank account.
The program will serve 20,000 students in the 2023-24 school year and grow by 40,000 annually.