How do I find information about homeschooling in my state?
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Every state has its own particular homeschooling requirements. Before you begin homeschooling your child, you will need to learn the various homeschooling requirements for your state, and how to abide by them. In order to do this, it’s important to know what homeschool resources are available to you and where to begin your search.
There are three main homeschooling resources that are available to you: the Internet, local support groups, and official state homeschooling organizations. These resources will provide you with what you need and they will also likely be able to answer questions you may have as you navigate through the homeschool process. These resources should also be able to point you to other local sources that will aid you and your child to ensure the best possible homeschool experience.
You should be aware that not all of the information you find on the Internet is reliable, but if you conduct the right search you should be able to find the right information on homeschooling. A quick search for “homeschooling requirements by state” brings up any number of websites broken down into state links and categories giving the specifics of what is required and where to start.
Local support groups are a reliable means to gathering information. Each community should have at least one made up of parents and professionals who support and are active within the homeschooling community. These people can be invaluable sources of information, as well as great support systems as you make your way through the process for the first time. Check out your local Yellow Pages, or ask at your local school for information regarding groups in your area.
Every state has a good number of official homeschool organizations, and these are the best outlets for information and assistance when it comes to beginning a homeschooling curriculum. Because you have to file certain forms with the state in order to homeschool your child, you will need to work with your state anyway, and they can often be the best way to get the ball rolling. To find your state’s various homeschool organizations, call your county offices for assistance, or visit a website directory such as TheHomeschoolDirectory.org.