Hi, Elizabeth, and thank you for responding to me!
Florida has more rules to get around to homeschool. But it is not impossible. At first, I signed up with an umbrella school, which actually was fine. But then we started using Seton's curriculum, so we officially signed up with them. Now I only report to Seton, not to the state or anyone else. I have NEVER reported to the state--why should I? They are not in authority over my kids, as far as i'm concerned, if I opted out of their system! So the umbrella school option made sense to me.
Before FL, we homeschooled in NJ (NO regs whatsoever--very easy to homeschool), and in PA (we lived there when the regs changed years ago, but our district never cared who we were or what we did--fine with me). Homeschooling has been legal in all 50 states for many, many years. It's just some states are less homeschool friendly than others.
We have homeschooled all our kids at one time or another. They have also gone to school some years. Whatever worked for our family at the time. But now I hope to keep my remaining kids home straight through high school. Dealing with someone else's agenda for my family, on someone else's schedule and terms, is simply not what I am able to put up with anymore. Call me a rebel. LOL! Marilyn