Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):
Q: Why Hebrew Israelite Homeschool)?
A: It is our responsibility to see that our children are being educated according to what The Most High mandates. Many Hebrew Israelite children are not receiving the stellar education that they are supposed to have, which is a consequence of the public school system here in the U.S . Our children are not learning their true history and are held to the average public school academic standard, (which is sub-standard) and many of our children are falling behind, leaving them ill-equipped and unprepared for the rigors of college, not to mention life. Whats more is our children are being taught ideals which are not in accordance with The Most High and are not for the Hebrew Israelite people. If you are Hebrew Israelite and want your child to be taught correctly, you are going to have to take them out of public education and teach him or her yourself. There is no other way.
Q: How Do I Enroll or Register?
A: The Hebrew Israelite Homeschool does not take enrollments, manufacture a curriculum, teach classes, issue report cards or require that you purchase a particular approach or curriculum. HIH is an online homeschool resource for Israelite families who want to teach their children at home and a supportive arm to help families locate what they need in their own communities or online. The Hebrew Israelite Homeschool is a strong advocate for encouraging families to set up their "own homeschool programs," designing and working their own educational programs for their children, as opposed to enrolling in any public or private school independent study program.
This is a service for the Hebrew Israelite homeschooling community; it is constantly a work-in-progress and will change and evolve over time. Links to any curriculum are primarily to free materials, however, some may require a low-cost purchase. The goal of HIH is to help HI homeschooling families locate the resources they need to successfully teach at home. Learn more about why Hebrew Israelite Homeschool was created.
Q: Is homeschooling legal?
A: Homeschooling is legal in all U.S. states and territories. Each state or territory makes its own laws for how it structures the legalities of home education.
Q: Does Hebrew Israelite Homeschool provide a credentialed teacher to supervise my child's studies and schoolwork?
A: No. Hebrew Israelite Homeschool is a resource and clearinghouse for parents with an interest in educating their children in the home setting. Hebrew Israelite Homeschool does not provide tutoring, teaching or manufacture a curriculum. The director of Hebrew Israelite Homeschool, Rebekah Netanyah, possesses a M.S. in counseling and has over 15 years experience with homeschooling. She has worked in a public, head-start program and currently is the director of a private, home education program in CA that does take student enrollments. However, she will not be the one teaching your children, doing evaluations or checking your student's schoolwork. Hebrew Israelite Homeschool is a strong advocate of genuine homeschooling, where the parent holds the primary responsibility for teaching (raising) and overseeing the educational program of their own children. Learn about Hebrew Israelite Homeschool Services.
Q: Are there any additional costs?
A: The only costs associated with using this resource are books that you decide to buy, items you decide to print out, or extracurricular activities you decide to incorporate into your child's school program. Keep in mind that most of the books listed on this site can be found online for free or at the library, except the math textbooks. Some families buy tablets (i-Pad, Kindle, Nook, etc.) for their children so they can read the books without printing them out or having to buy them. This also allows each child to carry and store hundreds of titles on one handy device, instead of carrying lots of actual books around with them. The suggested approach of Hebrew Israelite Homeschool is focused on Torah/Bible, Reading, Writing and Math. Science, History, Geography and Torah/Bible are covered extensively in the reading list. You may supplement with other materials for vocabulary, grammar, phonics and spelling. Again, you can find a lot of materials you will need completely free online, or at your local library. Homeschooling does not have to be expensive.
You might also decide to buy supplies such as pencils, loose-leaf paper, composition notepads, folders, rulers, a basic calculator (which they won't be using a lot until later grades) and any other materials that your child will use for projects and classes outside of the daily schoolwork. Many families decide to purchase educational games, science kits and art supplies, but again this is for extracurricular projects, which every child should be encouraged to engage in according to their interests. If you are following the regimen described on this site, it should take them about 4-5 hours to complete the core daily work (Torah, Reading, Writing and Mathematics). It does depend on the child, however. There will be days during which they will work slower, especially when they have learned something new that may be a bit more challenging for them. After their daily work is finished, they might work on their extracurricular activities and projects. Some kids are involved in dance, sports, art and other activities as well. See: Extracurricular Activities on the Hebrew Israelite Homeschool Blog
Q: How do I get started homeschooling my child?
A: The first thing you'll need to do is check the homeschooling laws in your state. These may differ, depending upon where you reside, but it is legal in all 50 states of the U.S. Although not required, it is recommended that you become a member of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). This is particularly true if you are withdrawing your child from a public school, and if you are new at homeschooling. HSLDA is a Christian group, but anyone can become a member and receive legal support. The lawyers at HSLDA are experts in homeschooling law and will help you with legally setting up your homeschool. The fee for membership is $100/yr. They also offer a payment plan at $10/mo.
Next, you'll need to develop an academic plan for teaching your child. This will include your approach and perhaps curricula materials. Rebekah is experienced and available to answer any questions you may have regarding homeschooling. It really is not that difficult, but you do need to be consistent. We all are capable of teaching our own children. For more information about getting started with homeschooling, see Getting Started With Homeschooling.
Q: What is the daily school-work regimen?
A: The suggested plan on this site includes Torah/Bible, Math, Writing, Reading. In that order. You might begin with morning prayers (we recite Shema Israel at our house) do Torah/Bible, followed by the Saxon Math lesson, followed by Writing (penmanship, copywork or narration for younger children, a half page of composition for kids 10+, a full page of composition for high school students). If your child is working a formal English/Language Arts program, this would be completed during the writing period before moving on to reading. Children are expected to complete a full lesson of Math each day. Young children can do half or a quarter of a math lesson daily. The idea is to have them work up to doing an entire math lesson on a daily basis, first thing at the start of the day after Torah/Bible. Older children should be doing all 28-30 Saxon math problems every day. Provide time for juice and bathroom breaks, recess (free time indoors or outdoors) and lunch. To learn more about what is covered in each subject and how you might structure the suggested regimen for your child, see the particular pages covering these subjects by clicking on the provided links above in this passage.
After all the daily lessons are complete, the rest of the day can be spent on art projects, music, learning a musical instrument or a new language, science experiments and projects, history, nature study, supplemental reading, geography, sports, health, safety and physical education. Please be advised that the regimen described here is meant to be a beginner's template or a "sample plan." It is not mandatory that you adopt it. Use as much or as little as you need. You are free to structure your homeschooling plan any way you decide, provided that it is within compliance with state homeschooling law. The idea is that you choose how you want to set up and operate your home education plan. The suggested plan on this site is just a recommendation that has been proven to work well by many homeschooling families without a lot of worry and cost. What's more is that it is meant to encourage self-teaching and independent learning. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
Q: Do we have to be Hebrew Israelites ?
A: No. However, the Hebrew Israelite Homeschool is faith-based and dedicated to the Hebrew Israelite homeschooling community. Rebekah has incorporated the Israelite belief system and culture into creating this resource. As a result, there may be many things that do not fit with your own beliefs and traditions. Hebrew Israelite Homeschool Services are available to all who request them.
Q: How can I support Hebrew Israelite Homeschool?
A: The purpose and primary focus of creating and maintaining this resource is to serve the Most High and those in the Hebrew-Israelite community, who desire to teach their children. It is also meant to be an informative and educational source of encouragement for Hebrew-Israelite parents. As administrator of Hebrew Israelite Homeschool, Rebekah occasionally places advertisements of products that she thinks would be of service to those visiting the site, and earns a small commission when products are purchased, or when the ads are viewed. Consultation appointments are also available by phone for those who would like more involved, specialized ongoing homeschooling assistance and support. There is a fee for consultation. You can support the work of Hebrew Israelite Homeschool simply by spreading the word, or by patronizing advertisements on the site. Hebrew Israelite Homeschool is an affiliate of Amazon.com, Amazon.uk, Google Adsense and The Black Business School.
Q: Can I donate to Hebrew Israelite Homeschool?
A: Hebrew Israelite Homeschool is not accepting donations at this time.
Q: Can I advertise my business on Hebrew Israelite Homeschool?
A: Hebrew Israelite Homeschool is not accepting vendors/merchants for advertising at this time.
Q: Can you tell me more about the recommended approach on this site?
A: The suggested plan on this site has a classical and 3 R's focus: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic (Mathematics). It is taken from the approaches of educator Charlotte Mason and biochemist Dr. Art Robinson (RC) however there are some differences with respect to the original RC reading list content. The 3R's provide the core of the home education program. Although unnecessary, parents may add to it as they see fit. It is important to understand that with this approach, children should be expected to work independently with daily work as much as they are able. It is also important to understand that this approach is not just about "hitting the books" but also about what occurs outside of the normal studies of the day. This includes socialization, diet, extracurricular activities and family life. However, Hebrew Israelite children must be taught who they are, about their heritage, and what is expected of a Hebrew Israelite. This must come from us and is incorporated in our entire lifestyle. They live this out daily.
HIH encourages daily reading of the sacred scriptures, as well as using biblical passages for copywork exercises, dictation and penmanship. It is important for Hebrew Israelite children to learn the reading and writing of Biblical Hebrew and /or Greek, because these are the original languages of the Bible. Children of the nation should be taught the Hebrew first because it is the language of their forefathers and foremothers, and then Greek in high school only if time allows. Some parents include Latin because it helps with English mastery. It is not necessary that you cover all of these languages or that your child become expressly fluent in these languages, but should have a good understanding so that they obtain the whole meaning behind the scriptures, so that they do not succumb to false doctrines of the world and are fully capable of teaching others. Understanding the scriptures is important for those walking in the Israelite way. It is our history book and provides instructions on how we are to live. For tips and ideas on Torah teaching in your homeschool, see: Daily Torah for the Children
Q: Is this an African-Centered Curriculum?
A: The Hebrew Israelite Homeschool does not manufacture or sell a curriculum. This website is committed to Hebrew Israelite homeschooling parents specifically for imparting to our children Israelite teachings, history and ways according to Deut. 6:4-7. For the Israelite, the Torah/Tanakh is the foundation and center of life which is only a part of Africa's vast history and culture. The educational focus of this site is primarily classical with an emphasis on the 3 R's (Reading, Writing and Mathematics). A significant portion of the booklist emphasizes African/African-American history, Israelite history and culture, notable biographies and autobiographies, as well as contributions to science and literature. It is not an entirely African-centered regimen, however. Parents add extras as they choose, using as much or as little as they decide. If you are looking for a homeschooling program offering curriculum that is completely African-centered (languages, spirituality, cultures, traditions, history, etc.) see: Kamali Academy. They offer an entire online curriculum as well as a few separate courses. For more information about African-centered education and the position of Hebrew Israelite Homeschool on this subject, see the African-centered education page.
Q: Is there anything else I should know?
A: The one essential thing to remember and keep in our minds is that children learn best by example. They learn best from what they observe around them, so how we conduct ourselves and what we permit our children to be exposed to is always something to have at the forefront of our lives. As Israelites, this includes being Torah-observant, teaching our children and learning the history of our people. For Israelite teaching, view video classes here. Also see: Resources for Parents
Q: What about the other subjects like science, social studies/History, Geography, etc?
A: The HIH booklist covers all subjects, but it is recommended that children 9+ years should complete a formal English/Language Arts course. If children are reading high quality literature, grammar need not be covered as a separate subject each and every year of schooling. However, Composition on the other hand, is extremely important and the students should be writing every day or no less than every other day. Science is not covered in this plan as a complete separate subject until later grades. Genuine science, as it is taught and learned as a separate subject all of its own, requires a solid mathematics foundation. Chemistry without algebra and physics without calculus is not actual chemistry or physics. To see the science books, scroll through the booklist. They are noted as "science" and "science text" next to the titles. This is what is called "real" science, not the pretend, watered down, play-time science we often find taught in the public school system today. It begins very basic and then by high school science learning becomes more involved.
Q: I have a few questions, can I contact the Hebrew Israelite Homeschool?
A: If you have questions regarding Hebrew-Israelite homeschooling, you can contact Rebekah Netanyah. For more specialized 1-1 assistance and ongoing homeschooling support, see: services.
Also see: Top Homeschooling Books for further tips and suggestions.
Q: I cannot homeschool right now. What can I do?
A: See the following article: "Advisement: If You Must Send Them Into Traditional Schools"