Really, I can have your child unenrolled and on your way to a happy homeschool education by tomorrow!
“The home is the first and most effective place to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self control, the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
― David O. McKay
Most people consider the undertaking of getting your child out of the system daunting, but I am here to break it down super easy for you!
I have helped so many mamas with the desire to homeschool compile their info to get started that I thought, "Hmmm, might as well offer this info to everyone!"
My husband told me, " I am pretty sure you the government is going to put a hit out on you because of how many people you convert to homeschooling." So if for some reason I come up missing, you heard it here first.
Let's Do This!
You are made in the image and likeness of God, and you have exactly what you need to be the mother that He wants you to be. Figure out what drives you and then let your kids shine within the atmosphere you create. Trying to be something you're not, trying hard to provide your kids with the education that the blogger-next-door is giving hers will burn you out make you want to quit the whole project entirely.”
― Sarah Mackenzie
1. Read over the law and get familiar with it, you can do this!
2. Print out your forms
- A withdraw form ( usually can be found on the school website, if not just as to fill it out when you take the rest of your forms in, yes, that EASY!)
- An affidavit ( a simple for saying you are going to comply with the law) It must be notarized and that is as simple as taking it to your local library, UPS store and many times the school district will do it for a very small fee. If you are unfamiliar with notarizing you simply sign your filled out form in front of a notary and it becomes legally binding saying you are complying with the law ( Not as big and scary as it sounds!)
- A list of objectives for elementary or secondary school. ( I print a general list every year and send it in, I got mine at askpauline.com) I keep all my forms in a folder and just copy and resubmit every year when I hand in my evaluator note.
- You do need dental and doctors forms but you don't need this to immediately homeschool, if you don't have them on hand just make sure they get to the district shortly after handing in your paperwork.
BOOM, You are a homeschooler! Welcome to the dark side ( mwahahhahaha!)
As soon as this paperwork is handed in, you can automatically start counting days or hours, whatever you prefer!
BOOM, homeschooler! See? The actual process of becoming a homeschooler is not that hard!
The Real Fun Begins
Now the REAL fun begins! I might add this is my FAVE part.
Putting together your objectives and planning your year out for your child/children. I really like how Kristi Clover explains her course of study so I will post her video below. In the future, I will definitely be making a detailed step by step post about how I plan our year! She plans her year very similar to how I organize mine.
One thing I might remind you is at the end of the school year you must meet with a qualified evaluator who will look over your year and write an evaluation saying you properly educated your child ( And do a standardized test in 3rd, 5th and 8th). This gets handed to the school district by June 30th. Your next round of paperwork must be handed in no later than August 1st and that is the above forms. Same process every year.
Always remember, Homeschooling is an extension of mothering, who knows your child better than you?
For now I hope you enjoyed my quick post on how to become a homeschooler by tomorrow in Pennsylvania!
If you have any questions feel free to shoot me a comment or an email!