New to Homeschool?
Are you new to homeschooling?
To start, let us encourage you that it can be done and done well! It can be intimidating and overwhelming at first, but you’ll get the hang of it. There are over 600 students in saline county being homeschooled right now. So know that you are not alone!
Arkansas Homeschool Laws
The first thing to do is get familiar with the laws in our state. Lucky for us, Arkansas is a very low regulation state, making this step very easy.
You can read the law yourself here, but if you want to know the key points see below:
Step 1: You must file a notice of intent:
All you must do to start is file a Notice of Intent. This must be completed by August 15th each school year.
What if its past August 15th?
You must notify the district super intendent and let them know you have filed your notice of intent to homeschool. There is a two week waiting period in which he/she may waive. *We recommend also notifying your child's teacher and/or principal.*
Things to Note
Arkansas does not require standardized testing.
Arkansas does not have a record keeping requirement.
Arkansas also does not dictate which curriculum you must use.
Now that you know how to comply with the law… now what?
No two homeschools look alike. They may have similarities, but can all be vastly different. We would encourage you to take the time and learn about different leanring styles and different homeschool methods. Here are some great web pages to get you started.
One huge benefit of homeschooling is being able to adapt the learning to best fit your child. There are seven different learning styles so what works for one child, may not work for another. Below are some link to learn about the 7 different learning styles.
Did you know that there are a lot of different approaches to homeschooling? It's kind of overwhelming at first, but knowledge is power. I encourage you to look at the websites below to seek out what philosphy or style would fit your family best!
Choosing your curriculum is both fun and scary! There are so many different options. There are boxed curriculums with everything already planned out for you, or you can piece it together yourself. There are literature based and workbook based options. There are a few mostly free options and some that cost more. Cathy Duffy reviews a lot of curriculum and is a great place to start. You can find her information here.
Get Plugged In
Everyone needs a tribe. Choosing to homeschool goes against the norm. It can be scary; it can be hard; and, some days you will wonder why you even decided to do this. Most homeschooling families will tell you that the benefits are vast. We get to do life with our kids 24/7.
- Joining SCCHEA is a great place to start.
- Attend Symposium on the first Saturday of every month.
- Check out our link of local buisnesses with homeschool offerings.
- And don't forget to check out our local libraries!
Homeschooling is a worthy adventure. We’re here to support you on your journey.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.