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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 56 reviews

  • Avatar Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • Avatar Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • Avatar T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • Avatar Jackie Vasquez ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Excellent services, caring therapists.
  • Avatar Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • Avatar Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • Avatar Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • Avatar Chris duke Fields ★★★★★ a month ago
    The company is great with outstanding customer service. They keep my horses protected. I have recommended them to other horses trainers as well that are going to get service early next year. Very professional an honest too. Respectfully … More submitted Christopher
  • Avatar Nikhil Jaisinghani ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Ron and Ken did a fantastic job with our security system today. Installed everything very quick. Both of them were very polite and asked us throughout if the installation met our needs. Simply fantastic!
  • Avatar Linda Parsley ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I called Cornerstone Protection to get a Security system at a relatives out of state property, within a week it was installed! The installers worked with the client to help understand her new system and she was happy! Our relative said … More they were courteous, professional and patient! I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection for all of your security needs!
  • Avatar Amanda Clay Mackin ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Had blink cameras; Car was broken into multiple times so I called CornerStone & they were able to install multiple cameras very quickly & for a reasonable price. I am so happy with the app & getting alerts that are not superfluous, … More like they were with Blink. Highly recommend CornerStone & the tech Ronnie.
  • Avatar Pete Peters ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Ron and Ken are great guys to work with.
    Both were very knowledgeable and got our system back up and running.
    Thanks to both for a job well done...
  • Avatar Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • Avatar Larry Barton ★★★★★ a year ago
    Amazing assistance provided by Shannon today on my security system. I’m so grateful for your prompt, efficient, professional, and courteous service. Put me down as a customer for life!
  • Avatar Megan Haller ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    One of the most painless experiences I've had. They came on time and was over the moon professional with still keeping a level of personability to it. The gentleman also went out of his way to say that my husband and Mines business … More was appreciated. Which is actually rare to be appreciated by such a great company. So thank you and we look forward to continuing services with this company.
  • Avatar Megan Magsam ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I am so happy we decided to go with cornerstone. They were quick and efficient. Shannon and the installer we very friendly. We got a lot of equipment and it was still within our budget. 10/10 would definitely recommend! Thank you
  • Avatar Collins Youngblood ★★★★★ a year ago
    Love the customer service and Shanon and his team go above and beyond for my restaurant. Couldn't of asked for a better security system and level of service that his team provides.
  • Avatar kanu patel ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I have been using Cornerstone Protection service for over 5 years and I'm really happy with the service and state-of-the-art equipments and it's futures are so much in advance and friendly, I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection … More Service any and all business that need a security protection days and nights specially after business hours(Cornerstone Protection is perfect solution for your business). Owner of Cornerstone Protection is proactive with their customers and their equipments. Good experienced with Cornerstone Protection!!!
    Kanu Patel
  • Avatar Liz Jones ★★★★ 2 years ago
    We had a very positive experience with Alissa as a tutor for our pod of 5th grade boys from January - June 2020. She cared a lot about the boys and worked hard to create meaningful activities for them. The pod experience was invaluable … More for all of our families during a difficult year and we were so grateful to have found this partnership! We also want to appreciate Craig for helping to match us with a tutor on very short notice after we had cycled through a few folks who were not able to see the commitment through. Thanks for sticking with us!
  • Avatar S CL ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Dusty was the exact person we needed to help our child finish out the school year. So grateful to him for the way he steadily encouraged her and helped her stay on track and organized. He is flexible, responsive to our needs/schedule as … More a family, and a delight to be with. We are also thankful that Craig at Themba Tutors really "gets it" and partnered us with such a wonderful tutor who was a great fit for our girl.
  • Avatar Nicole May ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My child worked with Gillian D virtually for math enrichment. She is an excellent teacher. She took time to understand my child's specific learning style and provided tools that would be engaging. She was kind and empathetic- really … More made it her goal to connect with my child and build trust and rapport. My child started the school year with confidence and without the typically "brain-drain" that occurs over the summer, thanks to Gillian.
  • Avatar Gillian Davidoff ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I am going into my second year as a Themba tutor. I have met so many great individuals while working for this company. Craig and the rest of the Themba team do such an excellent job picking and choosing Themba tutors that suit each client's … More individual needs! I look forward to meeting new tutors and clients in the 2021-2022 school year!
  • Avatar carolina luttmann ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Our son started in a new high school, 100% remote, and was really struggling with Latin and Physics. I found Themba Tudors online and had an initial call with Craig, who was very knowledgeable, responsive, and found 2 amazing tutors for … More us. Both the Latin and the physics tutors were fantastic, connected with my son really well and helped him go from 'failing' grade to 'honors'! I will for sure continue using (and recommending!) Themba Tutors. Thank you, C, K, and W!
  • Avatar Eric Fingerman ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Brian is a fantastic executive functioning coach. Super helpful, flexible with hours, and tailored the experience to our needs.
  • Avatar Susan Wong ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Giulia Mercuri is a great Italian tutor! She was very responsive and accessible. Giulia put a ton of effort into preparing for each session and really helped our son with test preparation and projects. We are grateful that she was able … More to help, especially since our son did not receive any live teaching during COVID. We are happy that she was referred to us!
  • Avatar Christine Gennetti ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    As an adult student diagnosed with a learning disability during grad school, I knew I needed help dealing with my Master's program's demanding workload. I was seriously considering dropping out when I was referred to Themba Tutors. … More I was paired up with a wonderful tutor, Julie, who was a total lifesaver. I learned many techniques that I can utilize in the future as I embark on the next phase of my career.
    I can wholeheartedly say after working with Themba for two years that I would not have finished my program without this organization. And I am so thankful I selected them.
  • Avatar Fabiola FITZPATRICK ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were introduced to a wonderful tutor: Mcedwyn. He and our son, a freshman in college, worked well together. As a result, our son’s grades significantly improved. The tutor taught our son subject content and various methods to effectively … More study for quizzes and exams. Our son was also taught time management and organization. My son’s experience with the tutor made the first year of college a less intimidating experience.
  • Avatar Jude Eugene ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We have been with our tutor, Cailin Schiller, for two years, from 5th - 7th grade. She started as an executive functioning tutor with my daughter. From the start, she demonstrated a depth of expertise and a selective use of techniques skillfully … More adapted to my daughter’s ADHD and Math disability. Cailin made Math accessible and understandable to her in a way that even her teachers had not been able to do. She differentiated reading, writing and math tasks and assignments to tailor them to my daughter’s unique learning differences. Not only did it have an effect on her grades and her work efficiency, but she finally could do her work with less anxiety. Even my daughter’s teachers used Cailin’s guidance to modify their work with her. But most importantly, she became my daughter’s favorite resource. I can’t say how invaluable Cailin has been to my daughter’s progress and well-being. I’d recommend her a million times over. She is a gem.
  • Avatar Janice Eidus ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Victoria is a superb tutor. She helped my high school age daughter with her writing. Victoria's skills as a tutor, as well as her sense of humor and her engaging personality went a long way with my daughter.
  • A Google User ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Fara Jones ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Themba Tutors provided a leaning specialist that was a perfect fit for my daughter. I told them what we were looking for and they delivered. Our tutor is responsive and flexible and makes it easy for my daughter to reach out to her own … More her own, which gives her an added sense of responsibility over her learning. As a therapist myself, I now regularly recommend Themba to my patients. A much needed and well provided service to the community!!
  • Avatar Frances Simpson ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Mary Jean Babic ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Nina Herman ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We had a wonderful experience with our tutor Micaela. She helped our son not only academically but at every level. We will be forever grateful to have her in our lives.
  • Avatar Frances ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Michael Birnbaum ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Paul Smith at Themba has been an exceptional tutor for my son, both in terms of teaching the subject matter and teaching how best to approach the process of learning math and executing assignments. We feel very fortunate to be working with … More Paul.
  • Avatar Monica Alzate ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    We were very lucky to have found Edwouine Swift, my son's therapist through Themba Tutors. Thomas is 12 years old, and it is extremely difficult to get him to write. Edwouine just works her magic with him, he adores her and is so … More eager to follow her guidance. I have no doubt she will be a positive driving force in his academic future.

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Podcast Episode 12

Microschooling And Equity For All Students: Prenda Is The Gamechanger.

Kaity Broadbent, Head of Learning from Prenda, discusses microschooling! Kaity is an ardent believer in equity and Prenda’s approach to learning. Prenda believes students of different ages can learn collaboratively at their own pace. Flexibility helps students learn through fun, engaging activities. Finding each child’s internal drive, allowing autonomy for student choices, and making connections with peers and learning guides helps students grow as individuals as they master vital skills. Helping provide equal access to students who struggle with literacy, Kaity was one of the masterminds behind Treasure Hunt Reading (check out one of 93 videos) and Orton Gillingham-based multisensory way to learn literacy! It’s free for all!

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Why Homeschooling?

Homeschooling refers to the education of a child at home. It is usually conducted by a parent, homeschool tutor, or online teacher. Homeschool tutor usually teaches one student at a time. Many reasons cause parents to opt for homeschooling. Homeschooling allows kids to get one-on-one attention from their tutors. This is typically not achievable at private or public schools where each teacher has to deal with many students at a time.


Many students in the classroom are shy to tell their teachers that they didn’t understand the concept. When a student struggles with certain subject content, a typical classroom teacher will not stop just to make sure your child gets it. The classroom teacher will continue the discussion without knowing some of the students were left behind. On the other hand, Homeschool tutors can work with the student until he/she mastered the concept.

At Themba Tutors, we value the advantages of homeschooling and strive to incorporate additional features that enrich students’ educational journeys. In conjunction with the flexibility and personalized guidance inherent in homeschooling, we provide the following:


✔️ Full Accreditation Support:

We recognize the significance of fulfilling accreditation requirements. Our program offers live assistance to help families navigate the accreditation process seamlessly.


✔️ Individualized Live Instruction:

Our proficient tutors deliver daily live lessons in subjects like English, English language arts, math, science, and social studies. This ensures that students engage in interactive and captivating learning experiences.


✔️ Tailored Instruction:

We acknowledge that every student has unique learning needs. Through our personalized placement services, we ensure that students are placed at the appropriate instructional level based on their abilities.


✔️ Access to our Knowledgeable Learning Specialists:

This ensures personalized guidance and support from subject experts. They provide one-on-one instruction, effective studying strategies, and tailored assistance to meet individual learning needs. Our specialists adapt their approach to cater to diverse learning styles, helping students deepen their understanding and overcome challenges.


✔️ Support for Learning Variances:

We firmly believe in fostering an inclusive learning environment. Our program accommodates students with diverse learning differences, guaranteeing equal opportunities for success for all learners.

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Homeschooling helps kids excel in their academics. It provides greater educational freedom and lets students learn at their own pace. Homeschooling allows the student and tutor to take all the time they need to ensure learning occurs. Tutors will not waste time on repetitive lessons if the student is ready to move on.


Homeschool students can also go through lessons at a faster pace than a typical classroom student. Plus, parents can play a more active role in their child’s school schedule and curriculum.  They will have a more direct part in their child’s daily learning. This will also help parents build stronger relationships with their children.

Other Benefits of Homeschooling


      • Ability to pursue a child’s interests
      • Homeschoolers tend to perform better on standardized tests
      • Less ridicule and social pressures that reduce self-esteem and discourage learning
      • No bullying
      • Less distraction

Empowering Students Through the Partnership of Laurel Springs and Us: A Comprehensive Educational Experience

In our partnership with Laurel Springs, a private K–12 online school that follows an asynchronous learning model, we at Themba Tutors provide synchronous academic support to further enhance the educational experience for enrolled students. By combining the strengths of Laurel Springs’ flexible and self-paced curriculum with the real-time support offered by Themba Tutors, families can enjoy a range of benefits. Moreover, as experts in EF Coaching, Themba Tutors bring brings an additional layer of support to students. Our specialized knowledge in executive functioning skills enables us to assist students in developing vital abilities such as organization, time management, and goal setting. This holistic approach ensures that students not only receive outstanding academic support but also gain essential life skills that will empower them both inside and outside the virtual classroom.


  1. Personalized Academic Support: Families can provide their students with a comprehensive educational experience that combines the expertise of our tutoring service with the flexible online program offered by Laurel Springs. We offer tailored academic support, ensuring students receive individualized attention to enhance their learning and reach their full potential.
  2. Accredited Education: Enrolling with Laurel Springs means students receive a fully accredited education. This accreditation ensures that credits, courses, and grade-level placements are recognized by schools and universities worldwide. It also validates the integrity of academic records, enhancing the credibility and transferability of educational achievements.
  3. Flexible Learning Environment: Laurel Springs’ asynchronous program provides the flexibility many families desire. Students can access coursework and interact with teachers at their own pace, allowing for a customized schedule that accommodates various commitments or personal circumstances. With our support, students can receive additional assistance and guidance tailored to their specific learning needs, ensuring a well-rounded educational experience.
  4. Expert Tutoring Services: At Themba Tutors, we take great pride in our team of highly qualified educators. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, our tutors specialize in a wide range of subjects and grade levels. Many of our staff members possess advanced degrees, allowing them to provide in-depth and comprehensive instruction to our students. By hiring us, families can benefit from the expertise of our educators, receiving personalized one-on-one instruction that addresses their student’s unique academic goals and challenges. We believe in the power of education and are dedicated to helping students succeed, drawing upon our team’s extensive educational backgrounds to provide top-notch tutoring services that make a significant impact on their learning journey.
  5. Global Opportunities: Laurel Springs’ accreditation and recognition extend beyond national borders. Students can benefit from the reciprocity of credits and grade-level placements with schools and universities worldwide. This global recognition opens doors to various educational pathways, giving students access to a broader range of academic and career opportunities.
  6. Supportive Community: Enrolling with Laurel Springs allows students to connect with a vibrant and diverse online community of learners. Through virtual classrooms, discussion boards, and extracurricular activities, students can engage with peers from different backgrounds and cultures. This sense of community fosters collaboration, social growth, and the development of essential interpersonal skills.


By hiring us in partnership with Laurel Springs, families can confidently provide their students with personalized academic support, access to a flexible learning environment, and a comprehensive educational experience that combines the strengths of both entities. We at Themba Tutors are proud to offer our services to students of all grades and learning styles, ensuring that every student receives the assistance and guidance they need to thrive. With our expertise and dedication, we are committed to empowering students, fostering their academic growth, and setting them up for success. Together with Laurel Springs, we form a powerful alliance that truly supports the unique needs and aspirations of each student, ensuring they receive an outstanding education and reach their full potential.

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Personal Attention


Class size can be an issue for students who have difficulty focusing. Many students need personal one on one attention to grasp a concept fully. In a thirty-student class, during a standard forty-minute lesson, one teacher can only hope to spend an average of two minutes on any one student.


With home tutoring,  students will receive undivided attention from an experienced homeschool tutor. Having a Themba tutor to teach your child will provide your family with a massive advantage. Our teachers are learning specialists too. Learning specialists have more training than regular education teachers. A lot of ground can be covered over one session compared to one hour of large group learning.


Qualified and Experienced Tutors


Typically, parents will teach their children themselves, but this method has its limits. Contrary to popular belief, it is not easy to be a good teacher, particularly your child! Although you may be knowledgeable in a field of study, teaching it is a different story.


Themba Tutors include our homeschool tutors’ bios on our website.  Feel free to speak to our staff for free on the phone!


Exam Preparation


There are certain times of the year when tutoring is worth the investment.  We provide a variety of exam preparation. Please reach out to us if you need your child tutored for a particular exam.


All Ages and Learning Differences


Themba Tutors caters to students of all ages, from early childhood to high school. Whether your child is the next Einstein or  Maria-Anna “Nannerl” Mozart or has learning/attentional differences, our experienced staff is equipped to provide individualized attention and support tailored to your family’s specific needs.


Budget Flexibility


We understand that budgeting plays a vital role in homeschooling. At Themba Tutors, we offer flexible budget options to accommodate your financial situation. To partner with us, we require at least 3 hours of tutoring per week, except for holidays. We believe that every child deserves access to quality education, and we work with you to find an option that suits your needs.




We travel to you in the NYC metro area and are available for remote support for all time zones!


Step 1: Know Your Homeschooling Laws


Understanding the homeschooling laws in your state is crucial for a smooth homeschooling journey. Each state has its own specific requirements, so it’s essential that we comply with the laws in your state. Our team of experts will design the homeschooling experience your family needs with confidence and care!  


Step 2: Choose a Homeschooling Method


When it comes to homeschooling, select the right way to meet your family’s educational needs. There are many homeschooling methods available, each with its own unique approach. Let’s explore a few popular ones:

  1. Traditional Method: This method follows a structured curriculum similar to that of traditional schools, with set subjects and grade levels. It provides a familiar and organized learning environment for both the student and parent.
  2. Unit Studies Method: This approach revolves around organizing lessons and activities around specific topics or themes. It allows for an integrated and holistic approach to learning, connecting various subjects to deepen understanding.
  3. Unschooling Method: Unschooling promotes self-directed learning, allowing children to pursue their interests and passions. It encourages exploration, experiential learning, and individualized education plans tailored to each child’s unique learning style
  4. A Mish-mash of methods! In addition to the more defined homeschooling methods mentioned above, some families opt for a mish-mash or eclectic approach, combining various elements from different methods to suit their children’s learning needs. This flexible approach allows families to tailor their homeschooling experience by cherry-picking aspects from different methodologies. It might involve integrating project-based learning, democratic education principles, and online learning platforms to create a well-rounded and personalized educational experience.
  5. Project-Based Learning (PBL): Project-Based Learning is an immersive method that centers around hands-on projects to drive learning. Students engage in in-depth projects that require them to explore real-world problems, conduct research, collaborate with peers, and present their findings. This approach fosters critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Families adopting this method often design projects aligned with their children’s interests, helping them cultivate a love for learning and a sense of accomplishment.
  6. Democratic Education: Democratic education emphasizes the active participation of students in shaping their learning experiences. It involves giving students a say in decision-making processes, curriculum design, and even the rules of the learning environment. This method nurtures autonomy, responsibility, and a sense of community. Families following democratic education principles might involve their children in setting learning goals, choosing subjects, and planning activities, fostering a sense of ownership over their education.
  7. Online Learning: In the digital age, online learning has gained prominence as a homeschooling method. Online platforms offer a wide range of courses, resources, and interactive tools that cater to various learning styles. Families can leverage online resources to supplement their curriculum, access specialized courses, and facilitate remote learning. Online learning provides flexibility in scheduling and allows students to explore subjects that might not be available through traditional methods.


Step 3: Identify Your Plans and Goals


Before diving into homeschooling, it’s important to identify your plans and goals for your child’s education. By understanding your family’s objectives, you can choose the most suitable homeschooling method and tailor the curriculum accordingly. Consider the following factors:


  1. Academic Goals: We help you determine the academic benchmarks you want your child to achieve. Whether you’re focusing on college preparation, advanced coursework, or strong developmental skills, such as mastering literacy and math, clarifying these goals with us will shape your homeschooling approach. Themba Tutors also offers academic assessments and will help you shape the type of curriculum you want your child to have.
  2. Personalized Learning: Homeschooling offers the opportunity for personalized education. Consider your child’s unique learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. We can help identify areas where they may need additional support or enrichment and design a curriculum that addresses these needs. At Themba Tutors, we teach every grade level and learning profile, including students with attentional and learning differences.
  3. Life Skills and Values: Education goes beyond academic subjects. Consider the life skills and values you want to instill in your child. Whether it’s critical thinking, problem-solving, empathy, or cultural awareness, integrate these aspects into your homeschooling plan. Executive function coaching is a developmental skill that we teach people of all ages. By focusing on key cognitive processes like organization, time management, task initiation, self-regulation, and goal setting, executive function coaching improves planning, prioritization, focus, and general management of daily responsibilities. The benefits go beyond school and have an effect on work performance, personal relationships, and general well-being. It helps students do better in school, feel more confident, and be more independent. As an adult, having these underlying skills as a springboard will help with job and personal success.
  4. Extracurricular Activities: Homeschooling allows flexibility in scheduling, providing ample time for extracurricular pursuits. We help you determine the extracurricular activities you want your child to engage in, such as sports, the arts, music, or community service. FYI, Physical Education is a requirement! Themba Tutors will help you incorporate these activities into your homeschooling plan to foster a well-rounded education.


How many hours of homeschooling do I need?

Themba Tutors will help you find the best curriculum by creating and adjusting weekly and monthly calendars: We are flexible with the families we serve.


  • Younger students typically benefit from 2–3 hours of homeschooling per day.
  • Students in 4th–6th grades tend to require 3–4 hours per day.
  • For 7th–9th graders, it is recommended to allocate 4-5 hours per day.
  • High school students in 10th–12th grade may need an average of 7 hours per day.


Some states have a minimum requirement of hours per day and total hours of instruction per quarter. These hours can be designed and broken down into active and passive instruction, e.g., workbooks, home homework, and carry-over work.

By aligning your plans and goals with the chosen homeschooling method, we will create a customized educational experience that caters to your child’s specific needs and aspirations.


Step 4: Connect with Fellow Homeschooling Groups


Building a supportive network of fellow homeschoolers can greatly enhance your homeschooling journey. Connecting with homeschooling groups allows you to share experiences, exchange resources, and find a community of like-minded individuals. These groups often organize field trips, co-op classes, and social activities, providing valuable socialization opportunities for your child. At Themba Tutors, we understand the importance of community, and we can assist you in finding reputable homeschooling groups in your area. By joining these groups, you and your child can benefit from the collective knowledge, support, and camaraderie of the homeschooling community.


Step 5: Start Homeschooling Now 


Now that you have gained a solid understanding of the steps involved in homeschooling, it’s time to take the leap and embark on this rewarding journey. Once you sign up with Themba Tutors, we are here to support you every step of the way. Here are some key considerations as you begin your homeschooling adventure:


    1. Letter of Intent (LOI): At the beginning of the academic year (July 1) or within 14 days of commencing homeschooling, parents are required to submit a Letter of Intent to the superintendent of their local school district. The letter should state, “I am informing you that I will be homeschooling [child’s name] for the upcoming school year.” Additionally, you may be asked to provide your address and your child’s age to establish residency and ensure compliance with compulsory schooling requirements. Once you have submitted the letter of intent, it is advisable to obtain confirmation and notify the principal and district via email. Following the submission of the letter of intent, you will have 28 days to complete and submit the Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) form.
    2. Response from the District: Upon receiving the letter of intent, the school district has 10 business days to respond. They will provide you with a copy of the homeschooling regulations along with a standardized form for submitting the IHIP. However, parents are allowed to create their own IHIP forms, which is a common practice.


  • Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP): Parents have four weeks from the date they receive the materials from the district, or until August 15 of that school year (whichever is later), to submit their IHIP. If needed, you can seek assistance from Homeschool Legal Defense in completing the IHIP forms. The IHIP can be as simple as a one-page list of resources that you intend to utilize throughout the year. Any changes or adjustments that occur during the year can be documented in the quarterly reports. Many parents include a disclaimer similar to the one I used with my own children: “In addition to the texts and workbooks listed for all subjects, we will supplement our curriculum with resources from home, the library, the internet, and other sources, as well as incorporate field trips, classes, programs, and community events as they arise. Further details will be provided in the quarterly reports.” It is important to note that the district’s role is not to evaluate or judge your teaching materials or plan. Their purpose is to acknowledge that you have a plan in place, which is often flexible in most districts. If you encounter any difficulties in this step, a convenient and cost-effective solution is to use an all-in-one homeschool workbook initially and gradually incorporate additional resources and activities throughout the year.

Start and End Dates


Determine the start and end dates for your homeschooling year. This allows you to establish a clear timeline and plan your curriculum accordingly. Remember, homeschooling offers the flexibility to adjust schedules to suit your family’s needs.


Quarterly Reports: States have suggested quarterly dates and may require an annual assessment with approved assessments, which could be substituted with a written narrative.

Conclusion: Let’s Get Started!

Homeschooling your child can be an incredibly enriching and fulfilling experience. By following the steps outlined in this guide and partnering with Themba Tutors, you can provide a personalized and comprehensive education for your child. Our team is dedicated to supporting you throughout your homeschooling journey, from understanding legal requirements to selecting the right method, identifying goals, connecting with communities, and starting your homeschooling adventure. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in creating an exceptional homeschooling experience for your child.

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Students of all ages receive one-on-one tutoring in all instructional materials, test preparation, and executive function coaching as required. At Themba Tutors, we take the time to help students/clients understand their strengths and progress in areas where they need to improve. We offer personalized tools for each of our clients to help them become more aware of their individual needs as they work towards short-term goals. Improving these skills will benefit our students’/clients’ long-term plans.

Helpful Links

Online Homeschool Programs and Curriculums
  1. Time4Learning: Interactive Education at Your Fingertips
  2. Abeka: Tradition Meets Comprehensive Learning
  3. Calvert Education: Flexibility Meets Accreditation
  4. K12: Bridging Homeschooling and Public Schooling
  5. Sonlight: Literature-Based Learning Adventures
  6. Oak Meadow: Nurturing Creativity and Holistic Learning
  7. Curriculum Pathways: Free Resources for Diverse Subjects
  8. Moving Beyond the Page: Project-Based Exploration
  9. BookShark: Literary Adventures for All Ages
  10. Bridgeway Academy: Customization Tailored to Your Child
  11. Excel High School: Accredited Online High School Diploma


New York City Home Educators Alliance, Different Directions Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit community and resource center. We are a collective of parents, families, educators, artists, and professionals who organize classes together with the goal of providing social, academic, and extracurricular enrichment to homeschooling families.


NY Home Instruction Procedures 


Complying with Homeschooling Laws in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.


Homeschooling in New York State– this guide underscores the importance of understanding and complying with the state’s homeschooling regulations, which involve the submission of a Letter of Intent, an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP), and regular assessments.

For New York State/New York City: 

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