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Tell Us Your Homeschooling Story

We want to hear your story

We've had great feedback about our Meet Massachusetts Homeschoolers series. Every homeschooling journey is unique. Maybe you have a story about why you decided to homeschool or how you educate. Maybe there is that one field trip or project that you think could inspire others. Or maybe you just want to share a day in the life of your family. Whatever your homeschooling story, we'd love to tell it in our Meet Massachusetts Homeschoolers series. (There is no age limit—stories from and by kids are welcome!) 

If you are interested in submitting your story, here are the guidelines:

  • 500 – 750 words.
  • You can make your own deadline or ask for one.
  • The piece will be published at the discretion of AHEM and is subject to editing.
  • The writer will see/can approve the edited version before publication if desired.
  • If published, the piece may appear in an AHEM email and on our website.
  • You will retain your copyright to the piece.

Questions or ready to send us your piece? info@ahem.info.

Explore past pieces for inspiration. Read more >>

Your Progress Report Questions Answered

This time of year we begin to receive questions about progress reports. Some are already worrying about what they will submit at the end of the year; others are being asked for a midyear report.

Progress reports written by the parent are an acceptable form of evaluation.

In Massachusetts, homeschooling parents, as the teachers of their children, are responsible for evaluating their progress. CARE AND PROTECTION OF CHARLES & others, 399 Mass. 324 (1987) clearly outlines three forms of evaluation: “Other means of evaluating the progress of the children may be substituted for the formal testing process, such as periodic progress reports or dated work samples, subject to the approval of the parents.” (Charles at 340) Parents may choose one of them to fulfill their responsibility. Read more >>

Homeschooling Fact Check: Materials and Resources

This week we continue our Homeschooling Fact Check series in which we examine some of the most common questions we receive and some of the biggest myths about homeschooling in Massachusetts. If you have questions or topics you'd like to suggest for this series, you can email us at info@ahem.info.

Claim:

It is sufficient to give a very general list of materials in your education plan; your town isn't entitled to specific titles or the names of resources.

Reading the Law:

The Care and Protection of Charles says: Read more >>

The Year in Review from AHEM!

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Highlights of 2022

A trip down memory lane, or an opportunity to catch up on events and information you may have missed the first time around:

AHEM provided:

  • Virtual presentations

    Getting Started Homeschooling in Weston in January and in Plainville in May and Homeschooling 101 in Plainville in June and in Seekonk in July.
  • Articles clarifying homeschool policy and practice

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Unsnarling Charles

Understanding Massachusetts homeschooling law is not a straightforward undertaking. Yet it is an important one. Once you understand your rights, you can stand up for them. Homeschooling in Massachusetts is a purely local undertaking, with each district performing oversight functions. (The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has no authority to approve or disapprove homeschooling plans, and in fact, plays no role whatsoever in the implementation of homeschooling regulation in our state.) The following is our own interpretation of Charles's intent regarding issues such as prior approval, written approval, evaluation, mid-year changes, and testing, and does not constitute legal advice; it is for informational purposes only. Read more >>