What do I need to do to begin homeschooling in Arkansas?

The 1st thing you need to do to home school in AR, is to file a Notice of Intent to home school and a liability release waiver form. You need to file this with your local school district superintendent. Check out the following website. It has the forms and lots of other great information: http://www.arkansashomeschool.org/


What do I need to do to join your group?

To join, you will need to do the following: 1. Fill out and submit the registration form, including agreeing to abide by the bylaws, statement of faith, and e-loop guide lines. 2. Pay the annual dues.


What is our Address?

SCCHEA

P.O. Box 581

Bryant, AR 72089


What is the e-loop and how do I join?

The e-loop is a yahoo group that we use to convey messages about upcoming activities. We post meetings, play dates, co-op information, and field trip details on the e-loop. To join the e-loop you must first become a member. After you fill out your online membership form the internet coordinator will send you an invite to join the e-loop.


What activities do you have?

We have a co-op that meets twice a year as well as many play dates, field trips, and family potlucks. Remember anyone can plan a field trip, if you need help with this please feel free to contact Leona Colson at activitiesdirector@salinecountyhomeschool.org.


What sports do you provide?

We have basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, swimming, and track. For more information on any of our athletics please feel free to contact Brad Daniel at athleticdirector@salinecountyhomeschool.org


What curriculum do I have to use?

There is no right or wrong curriculum out there. What works for one family may not be the best choice for another. I encourage you to plug into the group and ask around. There are many willing to share what they use and why it works for their family. But to get you started here is what we have used over the years:


  1. Sonlight - It is a literature based program that has lots of great books to read with your children, etc. http://www.sonlight.com/
  2. Abeka - a worksheet intensive program that is very advanced. You can choose from doing the program with your kiddos yourself, or using the online course. http://www.abeka.com/
  3. Bob Jones - more worksheet and textbook format http://www.bju.edu/
  4. Alpha and Omega - Has "life pacs" that are little packets for each subject. They also have Switched on School House which is computerized. http://www.aophomeschooling.com/
  5. My Father's World - another literature based curriculum http://www.mfwbooks.com/
  6. Notgrass – unit based studies as well as full curriculum for various ages. http://www.notgrass.com/

Other vendors I use personally include Saxon Math (http://www.saxonhomeschool.hmhco.com/), A Reason for Handwritting, Explode the Code, Wordly Wise, Apologia Science (http://www.apologia.com/), etc. Many of these you can find @ Mardel, or Lifeway or at Christian Book Distributors (http://www.christianbook.com/).


What about taking the annual standardized test? How does that work?

The annual standardized tests are administered in the spring. Homeschoolers in Arkansas, are currently required to take the standardized tests in grades 3-9 (http://www.arhomeschooltesting.org/). As a member of SCCHEA you are welcome to take the tests with us. Your registration packet will be mailed from the state testing office directly to the address you put on your intent to home school form. Watch the e-loop for more instructions.