**This Series is ongoing, and will be updated with more states as they come out – Thank you for your patience!
Homeschooling In All 50 States
Welcome to the Homeschooling In All 50 States series. Are you new to homeschooling, contemplating making the jump into the homeschooling world, or moving and need to know the homeschooling laws in your state? You are in the right place!
It can be scary and sometimes difficult to find the laws for your state. We are going to help you navigate each law. We are also going to help you find groups, activities, and classes in your state.
HOMESCHOOLING IS ON THE RISE
As a homeschooling family of 7 years, I can tell you first hand how amazing homeschooling can be. There are so many resources now for homeschooling families and their kids to take part in. It really is a different world than it was 20 years ago.
According to the National Home Education Research Institute, over 2.3 million kids being homeschooled. There are approximately 7 different homeschooling options out there parents can choose from to homeschool.
One family may pick a more traditional model of homeschooling while another family chooses to use a Charlotte Mason approach for schooling their kids. Whatever method your family chooses, it is always most important to know the laws in your state!
Activities and Classes To Look Into
One of the best parts of being a homeschooling family in this era is the number of homeschooling activities, classes, and programs out there specifically just for homeschoolers.
Here is a brief list of activities to check on in your hometown:
- Museums: Call your local museum and ask them if they have any special classes for homeschooling students. A lot of museums have their own set of classes they teach to local kids.
- Zoos: I know this sound awesome right? Some zoos are now offering classes for homeschooling children. These classes are taught to educate children about local animals or the animals in the zoos. Some zoos even let you go “behind the scenes” as an extra learning experience!
- Local Co-Ops: Co-Ops can be a wonderful resource for your family. A Co-Op is a group of families who come together to homeschool. Some Co-Ops are parent taught and others have paid teachers. They often offer classes once a week for science, math, history, English, writing, art, and music. Usually, their fees are very reasonable.
- Local Gyms: Often there is at least one gym in town that may offer some type of homeschooling class. Often these are PE centered classes but can be a huge benefit for children. These classes can support social interaction, friendship, discipline, exercise, and teamwork.
- State or National Parks: State and National Parks offer programs for children to learn about that environment, animals, and history of the area. National Parks offer a program called The Junior Ranger program. Each National Park has its own booklet for a child to search for clues and answer questions about that park. They also will stamp your child’s book, and some give them a patch for completing their program.
- Art Studios: Are your children getting enough art classes? I know mine are not. The great thing about classes at your local art studio is they can teach different art mediums you may not be familiar with. Your child may learn sketching, drawing, painting, clay work, and mosaic work. It can be quite fun!
- College: Believe it or not, there are colleges out there that love to have homeschooling students involved in their college classes. Our State College here offers greatly reduced college tuition to homeschooling high schoolers. This can be a great resource for your high schooler. They will get high school credit and college credit for taking the same class! Imagine your high schooler graduating high school with an Associates degree.
- Homeschooling Groups: Homeschooling groups are a fantastic way to meet other homeschooling families. A lot of these homeschooling groups take field-trips together, sign up for a class together, or have social gatherings. We have met some dear families just from joining our local homeschooling group.
- Facebook Groups: With technology being at the forefront of our society, it is only natural for there to be Facebook Homeschooling Groups. These can be a great way to meet other homeschoolers in your city. Most big cities have their own Facebook groups or pages for homeschoolers to gather information about.
Laws and Activities in YOUR State
We as homeschooling bloggers have come together to help you navigate your state laws and also help you find great resources in your state. We have over 30 different homeschooling bloggers working on this series for you. I hope you find lots of great resources to help you in your homeschooling journey!
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia