Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions are listed questions and answers.

General

Do I have to belong to a church, sign a statement of faith, etc. to join MPNL?

No. All branches of  Many Paths of Natural Learning are inclusive of people of all faiths and none. 

Is MPNL approved to oversee homeschooling in my state?

Many Paths of Natural Learning and Many Paths of Natural Learning - Eastern Shore are both approved by the State of Maryland to provide homeschool oversight. 

 

We do not operate in other states.

Can I just join for the field trips?

Yes! Area homeschoolers are welcome to join as support members and join field trips and other get-togethers. Umbrella members are given priority when space is limited. 

 

 Please contact us if you are interested in this sort of membership, as we are unable to accommodate unknown attendees at our events.

 

 

What is the difference between membership levels?

MPNL is a multi-tiered support and umbrella group. We have three levels of involvement and support:

  • Umbrella Membership - We provide state mandated supervision of homeschooling, includes support features. (tuition based)

  • Support Membership - Includes membership documents to use for teacher discounts and other requested proof of homeschooling. (low annual fee)

  • Casual Support - Be included in the discussion group and field trips. (free)

 

Please contact us if you are interested in being involved with MPNL-Eastern Shore in any of these roles.

What is the cost of field trips?

The cost of field trips and events varies, but the general range is $0 - $10 per person, depending on the event and venue.

Costs are published with event details.

What does it mean when there is an age range for an event?

We try to keep things accessible by all ages, while balancing the desires of older students with the abilities of younger. It's tough! Usually, an age range is added to indicate the level of presentation by our hosts. 

 

There are occasionally field trips where there are firm age requirements (such as those involving boats and USCG safety requirements). If that is the case, it will be posted with the event details.

Are siblings included in field trips?

Yes! Unless there are firm age requirements listed in the event details, siblings are invited to attend at the same cost as the primary student (if applicable). 

 

Please be realistic about your children's abilities  in the context of any given event, however. It is unfair to them, the other attendees, and our hosts to expect that a generally rambuctions two year old will be able to be attentive and quiet during a lecture. Only you can determine whether your own child(ren)'s disposition is a good fit for a specific event.

Is MPNL a co-op?

No. We are an umbrella and support group. 

Can I drop my child(ren) off for this event?

Absolutely not. Parents are required to be present and engaged in supervising their children at all MPNL events. 

Will you teach my child?

Absolutely not! MPNL is not a school. Further, Maryland law is clear that parents must be the primary educator of their own children when registered as homeschoolers.

 

 

Umbrella

How do I enroll as a new umbrella member?

Umbrella enrollment is easy!

  1. Download and complete the New Enrollment packet.

  2. Attend a pre-enrollment conference.

  3. Pay your tuition.

 

How do I re-enroll for this school year?

If you are a continuing umbrella member (you were enrolled last year and would like to continue), download and complete the Re-Enrollment packet and send it in, with tuition, by August 15th.

What are the deadlines for annual reviews?

We conduct two standard reviews per year:

  1. First review deadline is 12/31 for new enrollments, 3/1 for continuously enrolled families.

  2. Second review deadline is due between 5/1 and 5/31.

What if I am unable to attend a review event?

If you are unable to attend a review event during the first review timeline (9/1 - 12/31 for first year, 9/1 - 3/1 for continuing enrollment), you may schedule an individual meeting. Requests must be made before the review deadline. 

 

If you are in doubt about your ability to attend any events, please contact us as soon as you can. If the review deadline passes and we haven't made alternate arrangements, you may incur additional charges or be referred back to your local school district for review. 

I'm terrified! What does an annual review look like?

Don't be! We try to make the review process as painless as possible for everyone. 

 

Here are the steps:

  1. Complete your review form with the information to date for the current school year.

  2. Email us to let us know it's ready at least 48 hours prior to the event you are attending.

  3. Attend the event. There, we will go over your documentation and our recommendations for each section, and each sign off on the form. 

 

We are looking at only your documentation, not making judgements about your approach, scope and sequence, materials, or progress. Your review documents are always available to you in Google Docs and can be edited on any  computer or mobile device. If you would like feedback prior to review, we are happy to go over them at any time.

What if I fail my review?

We work with families to make sure their documentation is top-notch, so it's rare that somebody offers such shoddy documentation that we would consider it an outright fail. (see FAQ about the review process)

 

If you provide documentation that is consistently lacking and do not make the  adequate improvements from one review to the next, you may be required to attend additional reviews, attend a documentation workshop, or referred back to your local school district for review. These decisions are made on a case by case basis and have only occurred twice since 2008.

Reviews

I'm terrified! What does an annual review look like?

Don't be! We try to make the review process as painless as possible for everyone. 

 

Here are the steps:

  1. Complete your review form with the information to date for the current school year.

  2. Email us to let us know it's ready at least 48 hours prior to the event you are attending.

  3. Attend the event. There, we will go over your documentation and our recommendations for each section, and each sign off on the form. 

 

We are looking at only your documentation, not making judgements about your approach, scope and sequence, materials, or progress. Your review documents are always available to you in Google Docs and can be edited on any  computer or mobile device. If you would like feedback prior to review, we are happy to go over them at any time.

What if I fail my review?

We work with families to make sure their documentation is top-notch, so it's rare that somebody offers such shoddy documentation that we would consider it an outright fail. (see FAQ about the review process)

 

If you provide documentation that is consistently lacking and do not make the  adequate improvements from one review to the next, you may be required to attend additional reviews, attend a documentation workshop, or referred back to your local school district for review. These decisions are made on a case by case basis and have only occurred twice since 2008.

What are the deadlines for annual reviews?

We conduct two standard reviews per year:

  1. First review deadline is 12/31 for new enrollments, 3/1 for continuously enrolled families.

  2. Second review deadline is due between 5/1 and 5/31.

What if I am unable to attend a review event?

If you are unable to attend a review event during the first review timeline (9/1 - 12/31 for first year, 9/1 - 3/1 for continuing enrollment), you may schedule an individual meeting. Requests must be made before the review deadline. 

 

If you are in doubt about your ability to attend any events, please contact us as soon as you can. If the review deadline passes and we haven't made alternate arrangements, you may incur additional charges or be referred back to your local school district for review. 

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