Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Homeschooling In {Oregon}

Hi Everyone!!

I've already talked about Homeschooling In IdahoAlaska, and Washington.

I thought i would stay with the Pacific Northwest region, so today I'll be talking about Homeschooling In Oregon!

Here is what you should know about homeschooling in Oregon.

1. All children ages 7-18 must be educated.

2. Testing is required in grades: 3,5,8 & 10.

3. There is no set amount of hours/days you are required to teach them.

4. You can use any curriculum you like, there are no requirements.

5. You must notify the Education Service District (ESD) your intent to homeschool.

It's best to keep a copy of everything you do in your homeschool. Your children's grades, test scores and any letters (such as the intent to homeschool letter) are good things to keep record of.

Here are some great resources for homeschooling in Oregon:

1. http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=74 - Oregon Department of Education

2. http://www.oceanetwork.org/started/law.cfm - Ocean Network

3. http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/oregon.pdf - HSLDA

Once you have decided to homeschool your child and you have looked into all the laws/rules, what comes next is picking out what curriculum you are going to use.

Best place to start with that is by checking out what curriculum other homeschoolers are using (and loving). In other words Google search "homeschooling blogs" and start reading what all the other homeschooling families out there use.

Another place you could go is HomeSchoolReviews, they offer reviews on all the curriculum out there and those reviews are written by other homeschoolers.

Keep in mind, when picking out curriculum, your child's learning style!

After you have the curriculum all picked out, all that's left to do is start planning your school year.

I personally like to keep with the same school year outline as our public schools (start at the end of August and go until the end of May), but you can do whatever you would like. I know some families like to school year round and take more breaks throughout the year. It's really up to you to decide what will work best for your family.

Now all that's left to do is dive right on into it. The first year is going to be full of bumps. You'll make some mistakes, you'll have some rough days/weeks, but *hopefully* you will learn from your mistakes and in the end it will all be worth it.

Good luck with the journey ahead of you!!

****None of this is intended to be legal advice (i'm not a lawyer), it's purely informational. So make sure you check out your states laws beforehand.****

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