Arlington Association of Home Educators (AAHE)
 

FAQs

AAHE FAQs

Q:

How do I join Arlington Association of Home Educators (AAHE)?

A:

Our website is still under construction! Please bear with us as we get things polished up for you and our members. This being said, we ask that our prospective members navigate over to our Publications/Articles section to read our By-Laws and Activity & Behavior Guidelines. If you're agreeable to what you see there, then you can download our Membership Application.

Then, please print and fill out our Membership Application to apply for membership in AAHE. You can submit this document in the following ways:

1. Scan and email to the Membership Coordinator at membership@aaheonline.org and request payment options.

2. Bring the application with you to your first (or next attended) meeting along with your payment of $30. Payment can be made with cash, check (or money order), or credit card (NOTE: $1 fee applies to all credit card payments to cover processing fees).

***Once everything has been polished up on our site, you'll be able to join directly from our website. In the meantime, check back frequently!***

Q:

What should I expect at the meetings?

A:

AAHE requests that all members arrive by 9 am in order to have enough time to sign-in, retrieve your name tags, fellowship with your fellow homeschoolers and find seating prior to the meeting beginning.

Meetings will begin with prayer, announcements, and speakers (when available), and then individual grade level (parents/grandparents, high school, junior high, and elementary) activities (depending on that month's theme).

Q:

You mentioned monthly themes. What types do you offer?

A:

We also have different themes each month, such as our Annual Kick-Off which begins each school year, Literacy (usually book swaps/reading activities), History, Science, and Creative (Fine) Art Fairs (students are not required to participate, but it is nice if they support those who do), Community Service, Field Day, and our General Meeting (end of the year picnic).

Q:

How was Arlington Association of Home Educators (AAHE) started?

A:

AAHE was formed in 1982 by a few brave homeschooling families. Many of the early members were key plaintiffs in the Leeper vs. AISD court case which eventually defined the rights of Texas homeschoolers. Since then, AAHE has grown to support many families from Arlington and the surrounding areas of Fort Worth, Mansfield, Kennedale, Burleson, Grand Prairie, Irving, and HEB.

Q:

What are the benefits of joining AAHE?

A:

By joining AAHE, you'll enjoy such benefits as:

  • Access to years of teaching experience
  • Opportunities to participate in other AAHE Activities such as Field Trips, Dances, Camping, and Community Service (AAHE is a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award)
  • Opportunities to participate in Sports Activities (Fall - soccer, Winter - Basketball/Volleyball)
  • Access to our Monthly Newsletter (Electronic - September through May)
  • Access to an email forum to communicate with other AAHE members with questions and announcements.
  • Access to our Membership Directory
  • A Membership Card which can be used for discounts at participating vendors
  • A Discount on Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) membership and on Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) membership

Q:

How can I help support AAHE?

A:

AAHE depends on our members' dues to help cover yearly expenses. In addition to our memberhsip fees, we also accept Box Tops. Please ask your friends, families, and neighbors to save their Box Tops! It may not seem like a lot, but your $.50 plus my $.50 plus other members' $.50 can add up over the course of a year.

Also, we are set up as a charitable organization on AmazonSmile. Simply click on this link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/75-2549167 and set Arlington Association of Home Educators (AAHE) as your benefiting organization. Then, be sure to use AmazonSmile to make your Amazon purchases. It's really that easy!

Q:

How is AAHE run?

A:

AAHE is run by an Executive Board that is made up of members elected from and by the general membership. The board organizes and conducts the business of AAHE. Each board member must be actively homeschooling and agree with and sign a statement of faith.

Q:

Who are your current board members?

A:

Our current board is as follows:

President - Lisa Ventura
Vice President - Sharon Driscoll
Elementary - Christine Law
Junior High Coordinator - Christie McMahan
High School Coordinator - Lanette Lanfear
Communications - Marisa Miller
Membership - (Temp) Michelle Word
Newsletter - Kristina Hollomon
Sports Coordinator - Kendal Benson
Treasurer - Michelle Word

 

AAHE Sports

Q:

What does AAHE's sports program look like?

A:

AAHE provides noncompetitive sports for ages 5 to 18 years old. We have a very active sports program in our group that really adds to the social interaction that fosters the supporting environment. The sports program currently consists of soccer, basketball and volleyball (dependent on interest/registration numbers). Our emphasis is on education, good sportsmanship and pure fun. Individuals must be active members of AAHE in order to be eligible for participation.

Q:

When are sports offered?

A:

AAHE generally hosts soccer in the fall and basketball/volleyball in the winter.

Q:

Are the sports offered to all ages?

A:

Soccer and basketball are offered for elementary, junior, and high school students. Volleyball is only available to high school students.

Q:

Who coaches the games?

A:

AAHE sports are run through parent volunteers. Ideally, we'll have two parents on the field at all times during sports. All parents who volunteer to coach are given a discount on their student's sports registration.

Q:

What is my responsibility as a parent of a sports participant?

A:

Parents are expected to have their students to the field/location 15 minutes prior to game play. This ensures everyone is on time and the hour allotted for game play can be utilized efficiently. We also ask that parents remain at the location during the game play, that they volunteer for snack/drink duty, and possibly volunteer to coach. Parents who coach are eligible for a discount on their student's sports registration.

Q:

How long is each sport? How many weeks is it?

A:

Each game is one hour and is hosted weekly for six weeks.

Q:

What happens if there's bad weather?

A:

We all know that Texas weather can sometimes be unpredictable. In the event of cancellation, an attempt will be made to reschedule one game at minimum. This is because of time constraints with holidays and/or availability of our volunteer coaches.

Q:

Will there be a refund if my child is unable to play?

A:

In the event that we do not have enough participants to host a sport, we will provide a refund at the time the sport is cancelled. However, refunds will not be issued in instances of cancellation due to weather related causes because the fields are rented and are paid regardless of use. AAHE Sports is not run for profit. What is brought in for sports covers our sports expenses.

Q:

Will AAHE host other sports?

A:

AAHE tries our best to offer sports that are popular among our students. If there is enough interest and support, occasionally soft ball or spring soccer may be offered.

Homeschool FAQs

Q:

Is it legal to homeschool my children in the state of Texas and what are the requirements?

A:

Yes, a homeschool is considered a private school under Texas law and in order to homeschool in the state of Texas you must follow two state law requirements:

1. The required subjects are: math, reading, spelling and grammar, and a course in good citizenship. Although science and history are not required by state law, any college your student applies to will require them for admittance, so you’ll want to make sure to teach those too.

2. The private school law as interpreted by the Texas Supreme Court requires that you use some form of written curriculum (online programs meet this requirement) and that you operate your homeschool in a “bona fide” manner.

Additional information is available at THSC and HSLDA.

Q:

Do I have to have a teaching degree to home school?

A:

No. There is no teaching degree or certificate required. Additional information is available at HSLDA.

Q:

Do I have to do progress reports to the state of Texas?

A:

No, the state of Texas does not require that progress reports be turned in to anyone. However, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) does recommend that you keep detailed records  of your homeschool program. Additional information is available at HSLDA.

Q:

My child was/is in public school, do I have to notify the school that I am withdrawing my child?

A:

If you want to start homeschooling during the school year and your child is currently enrolled in a public or private school, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) recommends that you formally withdraw your child from that school. If you are going to start homeschooling after the school year is over, and your child is considered enrolled for the following year, we recommend that you withdraw your child before the next school year begins, so that the school does not mark your child as absent or truant. We [also] generally recommend that any correspondence with authorities be sent by “Certified Mail—Return Receipt Requested.” Keep copies of the withdrawal letter and any other paperwork or correspondence, and any green postal receipts, for your personal records. Additional information is available at THSC and HSLDA.

Q:

Does my child have to take the STAAR test?

A:

No, a home school is considered a private school under Texas law. Additional information is available at THSC.

Q:

Will my child(ren) be sheltered from other children?

A:

No, there is plenty of opportunity for your child(ren) to interact with other children and adults through homeschool programs offered by homeschool groups, local businesses, and recreation centers. In fact, there is so much available that you will wonder if there’s enough time in the day to homeschool! Use Facebook, Meetup, and even Google to find homeschool activity opportunities in your area. Additional information is available at THSC and HSLDA.

Q:

Will I be successful?

A:

The probability is very good. You are the most motivated person about your child’s education success. If you have been coaching your child in how to do their homework, then you have already taken a step toward home schooling.

Q:

Is homeschooling for everybody?

A:

No, it is a “calling” that you will know is the right path for your family to take.