There are 3 ways to homeschool legally:
1. An Independent home school, which is registered with Home School coordinators in each county. http://tennessee.gov/education/topic/home-schooling-in-tn This site has the link to the list of Home School Coordinators in each county, plus the Intent to Homeschool Letter, attendance record, and vaccination record, which must all be submitted to the local school system.
2. An Umbrella program – everything from The Farm School to Jesus Only Academy! Membership fees apply. See the "Print Outs for the In Service" box for this list of approved Home Schools in your area.
3. An Online School, which must be accredited. These usually charge tuition. The list of approved Category III On-line Schools is at the end of the TN Approved Home Schools list found in the "Print Outs for the In Service" box.
Finding Homeschoolers around the State of Tennessee
Finding homeschoolers is easier than you think. Ask the homeschoolers you know at your library where they find support, what they're looking for, where they meet, what groups they know of. Learn what groups are active in your community, what their missions are, and who is running them. Tap into existing networks using word-of-mouth interaction.
Other places and groups to reach out to homeschoolers include Classical Conversations, Meetup.com, Facebook, Yahoo groups, large churches in your area, tutoring programs like Sylvan Learning Centers, community centers, Moms Clubs and MOPS groups, and even La Leche League.
Then start looking through these links to find connections to other homeschoolers in your area:
Finding homeschoolers in Red River Region
First, talk to the homeschoolers who visit your library. Ask them about support groups, co-ops, regular meetings they attend. Then start looking for other homeschoolers in these groups:
Create a College & Career Prep Center
Types of Homeschooling (and links that explain them)
Homeschooling can look different for each family and each child, but there are several main philosophies that most families identify with.
Resources to Share with Homeschoolers
Become a Homeschooling Information Center
You are the best resource homeschoolers could possibly have. Now, just make your information easy for them to find. Create Information files:
- Create handouts of the state laws and regulations pertaining to homeschoolers. Make a “How To” notebook: list connections in town, resources you have on hand
- Start a “things to do in our town” file – museums, educational centers, university groups, historic homes, farm/ag tours, fairs, arboretums – any places that have special homeschool days
- Offer a collection service. With one week’s advance notice, you can pull together a thematic collection of books, DVDs, software, and teaching materials for a family or homeschool co-op to use. Create a request form. This keeps groups from sweeping shelves of all books on topic.
- Host "How to use the library" days – Provide tours of entire library, and include a scavenger hunt
- Database training can be incredibly helpful for homeschoolers.
Become a Homeschool Community Center
Encourage parents to take charge!
Librarian & Homeschooler
Catalogs to order
These are just some of the free catalogs that you can order. They can be held as reference in the library for new homeschoolers.
Now - PUT THEM TO WORK!
Homeschoolers can be some of your best advocates. Ask them to give back by: