We have always considered ourselves homeschoolers but this year we face our first real challenge, registering with the state. Since our oldest is now 8 she needs to be registered with our local school district as a homeschooler. Within the next month I will submit our affidavit and our educational goals for the next year. Thankfully I have friends who have already gone through this process in our district who can guide me but I also rely heavily on the AskPauline.com website. It’s not too pretty but it’s jam packed with great information for homeschoolers in Pennsylvania. This site is where I was able to find a sample affidavit and also get ideas about what educational goals we would work towards.
As we embark on our first year as registered homeschoolers I will admit I am a little nervous. I, like many homeschooling/unschooling parents, know that my child is learning and thriving but I’m not sure if that will be easily conveyed on paper at the end of the year. Luckily the Ask Pauline website has some statistics as to how many portfolios etc. are rejected annually and also templates for book logs and attendance tracking. This has really helped me as I approach this process.
For people who do not live in Pennsylvania the HSLDA (Homeschooling Legal Defense Association) is a great resource. They have a map with links to homeschooling information and regulations in the various states. Are you registered homeschoolers? Does your state have any unique requirements? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.