Where can I get help when I need it?

  • Textbooks, paper supplies, and other materials may be available from your local school. Some principals will bend over backwards to help homeschool families; others would like to avoid them. Although it is not a requirement for the principal to help homeschoolers, many are very willing to do so. If you would like to use school materials, contact the principal of your local school and set up an appointment to discuss your needs.
  • School districts often have 'textbook dumps,' where textbooks go that aren't used anymore. Ask your school district office, your homeschooling friends or your UHEA district leader where these places are.
  • Besides community education classes, many private schools and businesses offer classes. Computer stores generally teach classes (or know someone who does) on a variety of computer topics. Also, correspondence courses fill the needs of some families.
  • Tutors can be hired for subjects you find difficult to teach. Even top-notch high school students or older homeschoolers can make good tutors, and they aren't as expensive as college or community tutors.
  • The Parent Education Resource Centers (PERCs) found in many public libraries offer a wide variety of games and educational tools, curriculum, and helps that you can check out free of charge. To find out if there is a PERC near you, contact your local library.
  • The public library is usually your best and cheapest resource. If your nearest library is small or doesn't have what you want, consider paying a fee to use a larger library in your area. Many homeschoolers purchase only a math textbook and use the libraries as their main curriculum source for other subjects. Classes taught at conventions can show you how this is done.
  • The 4-H organization offers many individual projects and educational materials. Also, your local scouting office and county extension agency may offer classes, educational books and pamphlets that are wonderful for homeschool projects.

Literally hundreds of resources are available to homeschoolers. Besides the annual UHEA convention (which is packed with great ideas and information), you have UHEA district leaders, area leaders, and board members; the UHEA newsletter, Right At Home; local homeschool support groups and co-ops; members of your extended family and community; and public-school teachers and administrators who are often supportive and helpful. For curriculum, you can turn to homeschool catalogs; educational computer software and the Internet; public libraries; local schools; community education classes and activities; apprenticeship programs; private tutors or lesson exchanges with other homeschool families; advice from veteran homeschoolers; your own and your spouse's experience and talents; nature and the world around you; and life itself.

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