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Where Do You Find Support When Teaching Kids At Home?
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Where Do You Find Support When Teaching Kids At Home?

Great! You’ve made the decision to homeschool your child! Where do you began? Who is your support system? I’m not speaking of friends and family. I’m referring to organizations that offer expert knowledge. These advocates will guide your homeschool in the right direction. Establishing working relationships now will help you avoid major mistakes later.

It was the end of the school year when my husband and I made the final decision to homeschool our oldest child. The first step we took was providing the school district with a formal withdrawal letter. This letter informed the school that our daughter wouldn’t be returning the following year. This letter didn’t require a response, but would be filed in our daughters school record.

We were elated of our decision and the future, but uncertain whether we should seek homeschooling support and counseling. We had heard horror stories of children being removed from their home because of neighbors or relatives reporting neglect. When actually that wasn’t the situation at all. The children were simply being homeschooled in the privacy of their homes.

We first contacted our homeschooling state organization, Missouri Families For Home Education, (FHE-MO). They provided us a brief overview of the homeschooling laws for Missouri. This information also included how to get started homeschooling and addressed topics such as creating academic and attendance records.

We later found out that a “sample withdrawal” letter among other documents could be found on their website and are available to members. We decided to join FHE-MO that day. We were so ecstatic to find such an organization that existed, who provided such valuable resources and support.

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) provides homeschooling support nationally. Their staff consists of several attorneys that represent families in court. Many of the attorneys are homeschooling families also. That was definitely a plus for us.

HSLDA also act as a watchdog to advocate parental rights are not violated as related to homeschooling. We immediately became members because you never know when you may need legal counsel.

Searching for homeschooling support was our starting point in beginning our homeschool journey. It gave us a peace of mind that we found a solid support system to access for homeschooling resources and support.

We have homeschooled for over ten years and continue to renew our yearly memberships. Both organizations are outstanding! I encourage you to contact your local and national home school support organizations. I wish your family much success on your new journey.

Who is included in your support system? I would love to hear your story.


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Your advice to contact the support available for home schooling is spot on. It certainly is a choice many parents are making.

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  about 7 years ago

Hi Chip, thanks for the follow! Make sure you research all aspects of homeschooling including opportunities for socialization. The opportunities are limitless. I'm sure I'll write a post about the topic! Thanks, Tina

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  about 9 years ago

Please do! I think things are moving in that direction for many.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Chip, I'll look you up + follow! Tina

  
  about 8 years ago

I was thinking I might want to homeschool my kids one day but then the social aspect would be lacking. On the other hand, I think public school is pathetic as a learning environment(atleast in my experience). Tough call but it`s nice to see both options being recognized and supported.

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  about 9 years ago

Chip, you gave a great review of WA. I'm a part. I tried to look you up by your name. Are you over there? Tina

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  about 9 years ago

My name over there is choppydo :)

  
  about 9 years ago

My wife and I (OK more my wife than I) homeschool our two girls since they were born and it has been great! We started homeschooling them in NY and have since moved to PA where the laws are a bit different. I would just add that it is important to join a Homeschool Group in the area to get together for field trips, sports and other activities so that the kids grow up with friends and learn social skills! Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  about 9 years ago
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