The folks who advise me about all things “web” and “business” tell me I need a disclaimer, so here it is:
Just like the commercial goes: I’m not an attorney, nor a doctor, nor a certified teacher, nor any other licensed professional–and I don’t play one on TV. Furthermore, I didn’t stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night. The information you find throughout my website shall not be construed as legal or medical advice.
In fact, even my advice in the realm of education should only be construed as mother to mother support, since that is what I am most comfortable providing. Mothering the mother so she can mother her children just feels right to me.
No matter what you read or hear–about homeschooling or anything for that matter–it is always best for you to filter it through what you know to be true, good, and right. Not everything works for every child or every family or at every time or during every season of life. One more thing–YOU must read the homeschool laws for your state for yourself. Every state differs somewhat and there is no excuse for not reading up on the laws yourself.
Here is a link to the Pennsylvania Home Education Laws: http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Home%20Education%20and%20Private%20Tutoring/Pages/default.aspx
When you go to that page, please download and read the Home Education and Private Tutoring Guide. You can look over the other documents they have on their page but you will not likely want to use their Affidavit since theirs states that you are attaching evidence about immunizations (or an exemption) and medical/health services. This is something you have to watch for–whatever your affidavit says you are attaching, you MUST attach. Personally, I go with the affidavit from HSLDA each year since I am a member there, but you need to decide what is best for your family. The affidavit from PHEN is fine, as is the one from Ask Pauline. (You’ll find that when you read her website!)
If you live in Pennsylvania, after you have read the law for yourself, spend time on Pauline Harding’s Website. This is a link to her index page: http://www.askpauline.com/ She has lots of information and even a page that details the points of our homeschool law with helpful explanations. Here it is: http://askpauline.com/hs/hslawtext.html#homeedpgm
If you live in another state, you can find information about your laws through either your state support group or one of the local support groups near you.