Yesterday I was so excited to tell you about my new "Homeschool Planner Plus". Today, I'm sharing some of information about what you need to do to get ready for the year and how you can use this planner to help you.
The first thing that you will want to do when you decide to homeschool make a list of things that you need to do. However, that's tough when you don't know what to do! I put together a list for you and it's available as a checklist in the planner.
The first item on the list is reviewing the homeschool laws for your state. Every state will have their own set of rules. Some states do not require you to do anything to check in. To find the rules for your state, search for the name of your state followed by the words "department of education".
In Pennsylvania, children do not need to officially be registered with the local school district until the age of 8 (that applies to all areas except Philadelphia and there are a few other exceptions....see Pennsylvania Department of Education for more on this). At that time, if you are planning to homeschool your child, you should right up an affidavit, have it notarized, and deliver the affidavit to your local school district's administration office. It is highly recommended that you hand deliver this if possible and get a receipt or some notification that it was received by the school. If you mail the affidavit, make sure that it is sent certified mail.
During your school year, there are just a few things that you should be doing to prepare for the end of the year.
1. Keep a log of the days that you are schooling
2. Keep a log of books that you use for school
3. Determine if your child needs to take a standardized test and research that EARLY
4. Keep some sample of what you child is doing in an envelope or binder
5. Find an evaluator for the end of the year
**Please note that the above rules for PA are a quick summary. There are many exceptions that you should read about and learn on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.
Next up....Creating your homeschool budget!