A viable option!
The recent rush to consider Homeschooling is compelling. As public schools continue to disregard parents’ rights by ignoring their requests, more families have made the decision to either send their children to a private school, or homeschool.
So Many Resources!
The resources available today are impressive. Thirty years ago resources were very limited, compared to now. Curriculums are varied from handwriting to foreign languages, history to advanced mathematics and science. Your ability to achieve results is only limited by your imagination. Jumpstart Suggestions for Curriculum
What’s the law in my state?
A simple internet search will reveal the myriad of resources! First, investigate state laws pertaining to homeschooling. There may be requirements for age, testing, and formal notification.
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The Homeschooling Co-op models springing up all over the country will only increase as parents realize they CAN do this!
Resources to get you started:
The Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center exists to equip and connect homeschooling families, providing them with the tools and support they need to thrive in their homeschooling journey. We desire to see every homeschool parent flourishing and confident, every student growing, and challenged.
Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork) - is not-for-profit organization equipping homeschool families, and protecting homeschool freedoms since 1986. We are volunteers supporting families all over Oregon and SW Washington with workshops, conferences, and written materials. We protect the rights of families by monitoring legislative and congressional actions.
Homeschool Curriculum Resource
Rainbow Resource - In business since 1989, it is our mission to provide the best educational products to homeschoolers, parents, and educators at the lowest prices we can offer. We currently carry over 50,000 quality educational products in all subject areas, for grades PK-12 and beyond! In addition to our great prices, you can count on us for additional "perks" as well, like free shipping on orders of $50 or more!
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) - Nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. We provide homeschooling-related legal advice and representation to our over 80,000 member families, promote homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offer information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers.
Cathy Duffy Reviews - Known as a curriculum specialist, Cathy Duffy is author of the two-volume Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manual (Elementary Grades and Junior/Senior High), addressing curriculum and methodology for all subjects and all grade levels. As the curriculum universe grew to be too immense for most homeschoolers to navigate, Cathy narrowed her recommendations down to the 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum (published by Broadman & Holman in February 2005). Cathy's books shift into the digital age with How to Choose Home School Curriculum to be used along with the advanced search feature on this website.
A2Z Homeschooling - Since 1997, site for those researching homeschooling, those looking for new homeschool groups and friends, as well as for families looking for free and low-cost educational materials for their children, homeschooled or not. We offer complete homeschool resources for those who wish to pick and choose their homeschool curriculum freely. From activities, to support groups, to homeschool laws by state, we’ve got you covered from A2Z!
Homeschool Christian - founded 1998, offers information and encouragement to Christian homeschoolers worldwide. In fact, the site is visited by more than 8,000 people from over ninety countries each month. With over 1,200 pages of resources for homeschooling, homemaking, and college at home, HomeschoolChristian.com offers excellent support for families.
HOW to START an EDUCATION POD: Civil Society's Response to COVID - As many schools across the country remain closed, parents are banding together to form education pods, pooling resources, grouping their children in co-quarantined clusters, and hiring a teacher or private tutor for instruction. Join us for a discussion on how to build your own education pod with policy experts and parents who have created successful pods and micro schools.”
PANDEMIC PODS Facebook Group - is Connect with other families, teachers, and caregivers as you navigate your family's childcare and educational needs during the pandemic.”
WASHINGTON HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION - Serving diverse interests of home-based education in Washington State.
WASHINGTON CONNECTIONS ACADEMY - Washington Connections Academy is more than a tuition–free K–12 online public school option available for students throughout Washington. It's also a tight-knit school community offering all the services and resources needed to create a well-rounded student experience.”
TIME 4 LEARNING - We are the most flexible, engaging, and affordable online homeschooling solution in the market.
BIZ KID$ - Biz Kid$ is a national financial literacy initiative based on the Emmy Award-winning public television series where kids teach kids about money and business.
THE ALTERNATIVE PROJECT - The Alternative Life’s Questions curriculum is appropriate for grades 8-12. TA welcomes families desiring sexual risk avoidance education. This is for families who want an option for their children.
Homeschooling highly distractible, ADHD, or just plain fidgety kids? - How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On to Learning, by Carol Barnier