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Not Until They Are 6

Enrollment...Attendance...School...Learning -- Not The Same Things

Enrollment is about attendance. It is about being in compliance with the state compulsory attendance law. Compulsory attendance starts at 6. Which means your child must be enrolled somewhere beginning the school year they turn 6 by February 1.

(The exceptions -- there are two -- What Age to Enroll?)

School is one choice of enrollment. At 6, you enroll your child in a school and they are in compliance with the attendance law. The other choices are to register with the county as a homeschooler or hire a private tutor.

There are different kinds of schools, of course. Florida Unschoolers is a private school. A private school that operates as an umbrella school for home educators. Your child is a private school student, you report attendance, and they are at home with your guidance and support.

Learning has nothing to do with any of the above. :)

Learning happens in many different ways and at all ages. That doesn’t make you a homeschooler when your baby learns to sit up. That makes you a parent and your baby a person who has learned to sit up. That doesn’t make you an unschooler when your 4-year-old learns to love Legos. That makes you the parent of a person who has learned about Legos. You are the parent of a young child who is curious about the world and learning all kinds of things. Who may enjoy a cuddle while you read them a nice book, who may like a game of catch, who may love a walk in the park, who really gets into a round of building and knocking down blocks. All wonderful things and part of a young child’s very busy day and all about learning.

None of which means your very young child needs to be enrolled in any sort of school.

Not until they are 6.