Here are a few things we need to research:
- The state regulations for homeschooling
- Homeschool education styles
- Our daughter's learning style
- Local homeschool resources (support groups)
- Online homeschool resources
- Family budget for curriclum and supplies
- Selecting curricula
So far it's been relatively easy finding information regarding Tennessee state laws in regards to homeschool. As with many other states our options are to either register with the school district as an independent homeschool, enroll in an umbrella school, or choose an accredited online school.
Enrolling through the school district leaves us subject to the public school regulations regarding standardized testing. As far as I can tell, it is the same for the accredited online schools. Since this is one of the reasons we want our girl out of the public school system we'll be enrolling her in an umbrella school.
Here in TN the majority of the umbrella schools are church related schools (CSRs) and many of those require a statement of faith. I don't have a problem with the requirement per se, it's just not for us. So, my search has taken me in the direction of a more secular based umbrella school that will still provide the same options for opting out of testing. Two schools have surfaced in my research. The HomeLife Academy and The Farm School.
Both places basically provide record keeping and transcripts should we require them in the future. Neither umbrella places restrictions on what curriculum we teach so we will have a lot of flexibility in what choices we make.
So, now we decide which one is better and I'm leaning towards HomeLife Academy as I've found quite a few positive reviews on the Secular Homeschool Forum I also like that their reporting is in one location, whereas The Farm School uses another resource for that.
One decision down and many more to go. It's worth all the time and effort..this girl deserves the best.