Know the Rules of the Game and Find Your Team

Starting a Homeschool Week 2: Know the Rules of the Game…..

I remember about this time last year moving to South Carolina. We had just spent an entire summer in Canada for my husband’s job, showed up at our new home in August and began to unpack. In the midst of this chaos I was quickly trying to prepare for our first year of homeschooling. Spending 8 weeks in a two bedroom apartment in Ontario with three kids not allow much time indoors researching on the Internet.

But the first thing I did was research the laws on homeschooling in our new state of South Carolina. Each state differs in what they require to get started and how to document (Laws By State). After looking at state law, do your homework if you have to join an accountability group. An accountability association>;; is different than a support group. An accountability association handles your records and verifies you are in compliance with the law. I have found in South Carolina that fees vary as well as requirements for documentation, so do shop around for an association that best fits you.

After getting the legal aspect out of the way it is crucial to find a support group in your area. Being part of support groups has been my lifeline to friendship, group activities, field trips and SUPPORT. My children and I have developed special friendships, participated in fun field trips, and attended holiday parties thanks to support groups.

Homework for the week:

1. Google your state laws and decide on how you will comply. Or check Homeschool Laws By State

2. If you need to join an accountability association, then research one to best fit your needs. Also research support groups in your area so you will be in the loop of activities and trips to take with other homeschooling families. Here are two examples of links to my support groups (yes you can belong to more than one!!)


You are on your way to a fun-filled year!

About Jennifer Walker, MS

I currently blog about mindfulness, meaningful life-learning, Montessori and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
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