Welcome to the Cape Cod Pace Edition of Homeschooling 101

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A great place to start when looking for information about Homeschooling in Massachusetts is the website for Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts.  http://www.ahem.info/  We would highly suggest that you sign up for their incredibly helpful and informative newsletters as well.

HSLDA, the Home School Legal Defense Association can be extremely helpful to belong to, especially if you are in a homeschool unfriendly district.  We wholeheartedly recommend joining.  http://www.hslda.org/  Ask us about our group discount!  Email Lori Chapman at raccoon2 at comcast dot net

If you are removing a child from public school during an academic year, you need to file a “letter of withdrawal” in addition to a “home education plan” (formerly called a “letter of intent”)  We believe it is critical for you to have a working knowledge of the laws that protect our rights to homeschool.  MHLA has an excellent overview of what is necessary and what is extra-legal here, http://mhla.org/information/gettingstarted/thirteenpoints.htm

Finding the curriculum that works for you and your family can be a daunting task.  There are as many methods of homeschooling as there are homeschoolers.  Ask, listen, observe and pray.  You will find your way.  You CAN do this!!  Joining a support group is really helpful, especially for fellowship and support.  http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/teacherslounge/styles/

One of the best catalogs because of its great descriptions is Rainbow Resource

http://www.rainbowresource.com/

CBD also has a great homeschool catalog http://www.christianbook.com/homeschool/1232539398

Other great companies are Timberdoodle.com and singnlearn.com

 

A great way to see some curricula “hands on” is to attend a home school conference.  They are generally held in the spring, the big one around here is MassHope.  http://masshope.us/  They also have an incredible used sale every year in June or July.  Info is on their website. MassHope also has some information and links on their site for Mass homeschoolers.

Special Needs can often bring a family to a decision to homeschool.  Here are some great websites to help you on your journey. http://www.nathhan.com/

http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/specialneeds.htm

These local support groups have Yahoo Groups you can sign up for and get news, information, answers and announcements.  Cape Cod Pace, Coastal Free Learners, Cape Cod Homeschoolers and Gateway Homeschoolers

Cape Cod Pace is a MassHope affiliated group and is required as such to endorse HSLDA and have a Statement of Faith.  Ours is available upon request but it is not required of our members to sign.