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Getting Started Homeschooling in Massachusetts: Virtual Presentation

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 7:00-8:30 pm

Whether you are actively considering home education or are just curious about how it is done, you are invited to attend Getting Started Homeschooling. The free virtual program will be sponsored by the Weston Public Library on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 7:00-8:30 pm

Topics to be covered include an overview of homeschooling, getting started, methods, resources, and homeschooling support. There will be time for questions and discussion.

The program will be presented by Roberta Van Vlack. Roberta is the mother of four children who have always been homeschooled. Two are currently in high school and two are in college. She has used eclectic and Charlotte Mason methods in her homeschool. She's a board member of Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, moderates the Attleboro Area Homeschool group, and blogs about education at Letters from Nebby.

Admission is free, but preregistration is required. To preregister, visit https://westonlibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/getting-started-homeschooling/

Space is limited and spots are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please respect AHEM’s mission to empower individuals through education by not soliciting for your business at this event.

What: Getting Started Homeschooling presented by AHEM
Where: Virtual event sponsored by: Weston Public Library, 87 School Street, Weston, MA, 02493
When: Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 7:00-8:30 pm
Fee: Free, but preregistration required. To preregister, visit https://westonlibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/getting-started-homeschooling/

Help Getting Started Homeschooling

Whether you are starting in August or jumping in mid-year, the AHEM website has everything you need to get started homeschooling in Massachusetts. The first step to start officially homeschooling is to submit an education plan to your local school superintendent or school committee. Read more. >>

The Year in Review from AHEM!

Please consider AHEM when you are making end-of-year charitable donations!

Highlights of 2021

2021 saw sustained interest in homeschooling. While not as busy as 2020, you can see in the chart below that in 2021, we still had increased visits to our website compared to the years prior to the pandemic.

AHEM provided:

  • Virtual presentations, hosted by AHEM or local libraries, including Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling in Massachusetts and Pop-Up Virtual Homeschooling Q&A
  • Articles clarifying homeschool policy and practice, sometimes confounding to homeschoolers, new and experienced: Read more >>

Conform to Forms?: "Grey" Areas in the Law

With so many new homeschoolers, AHEM has been seeing an uptick in questions about approval and other issues. Because homeschooling in Massachusetts is governed by case law, not by statutes, there is a lot that is not clearly laid out or that is open to interpretation. The following article attempts to unravel some of the murkier areas. We encourage all homeschoolers to read the court decisions, which can be found on our website, for themselves. Read more >>

Unsnarling Charles: "Grey" Areas in the Law

With so many new homeschoolers, AHEM has been seeing an uptick in questions about approval and other issues. Because homeschooling in Massachusetts is governed by case law, not by statutes, there is a lot that is not clearly laid out or that is open to interpretation. The following article attempts to unravel some of the murkier areas. We encourage all homeschoolers to read the court decisions, which can be found on our website, for themselves. Read more >>

I Sought, I Found, I Joined; Now What?

by Carol Moxley

You did it!

You made the decision to homeschool, and you found other homeschoolers to help enrich your homeschooling experience. Great! But, for some reason, you still feel like you're always on the periphery of the group. Approaching a cluster of moms at park day is awkward; asking to be included in a co-op is unthinkable; having a real friend to call up on the phone is still out of reach. The support you need has to be there somewhere—others seem to have found it—but how do you go about forming the network you so desperately need? Read more >>