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.
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. All you must do to start is file a Notice of Intent. This can be done online, in person or mailed. You can find it here. This must be completed by August 15th each school year.
Arkansas has made a lot of changes to its homeschool law over the past few years. Some information on the 2017 changes can be found here.
Arkansas does not have a record keeping requirement, and no longer requires standardized testing. Arkansas also does not dictate which curriculum you must use.
Now that you know how to comply with the law… now what?
You should take some time and learn about different learning styles and different homeschooling methods and philosophies. No two homeschools look alike.
Next up is curriculum. 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. Feel free to ask questions and opinions in our forums.
After getting curriculum options out of the way you will want to get plugged in to the local community. Our group is a great place to start! Check out our link of local businesses 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.