Keeping Homeschool Freedoms

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I am happy that I live in the United States. Yes, there are things that I don’t agree with in our government or the way things happen, but overall, I am happy. We have many freedoms here that most countries only dream about. We have freedoms that, if imposed upon, can be fought through the judicial system.

Homeschooling is a right in the United States, but for many countries it isn't. In fact, it is cause for arrest in many countries. I love the freedom that I have to homeschool and if you live in Indiana, consider joining us for Homeschool Day at the State Capital! :: www.inallyoudo.net

One of the freedoms I am happy we have is the right to homeschool. I am also blessed to live in a state that gives us quite a bit of leeway in this area. While we have a set number of days we are asked to homeschool, we don’t have to turn in lesson plans or report to any school district or state board of education. We are free to homeschool how we see fit, so long as our children are getting their education.

I must say, this is a relief for me. Mostly because we use a child-led approach in our home. While I do loosely plan the entire school year, I don’t set lesson plans in stone. If we need a week to work on a new letter or sound, we take a week. If we get it down in 2 days, we can move on. If I had to turn in lesson plans I wouldn’t have such freedom.

No lesson plans also allows us the freedom to change our schedules as needed. Sometimes we find out about a special day at the zoo, so we rearrange our schedule and head out. Some weeks we take off on Friday, so we can hang with Dad on his day off. It just varies for us, and I love that no one is holding me a lesson plan I submitted months ago. NOTE: That doesn’t mean we don’t keep track of our days or the work we do. I just don’t have to report them to anyone. We still have a tracking system in place and I keep all of our kids’ tests and records of their work.

However, these freedoms are only in place because we have wonderful legislators willing to fight for us in the State Capital. We need to continuously communicate with them and let them know how much we appreciate them fighting for and keeping our freedoms here in Indiana. Nothing is ever set in stone with homeschooling legislation, so we need them to know we appreciate their hard work and want to keep our freedoms here in Indiana!

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One way we can do that is by taking part in the annual Homeschool Day at the Capital. This is coming up in just a few days, January 26th. If you would like to attend, please pre-register here so they can best plan for you. You can attend the rally, which does help, but there are quite a few events to choose from beginning at 9am. Read more about the schedule on the IAHE site and plan to attend!

If you’re not an Indiana resident, I encourage you to find out how to get involved with your own state’s homeschool organization and ensure that your homeschooling rights are protected.

The IAHE Bloggers have shared their thoughts on Homeschool Freedom

Shalynne @ Wonderfully Chaotic

Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling

Hillary @ Walking Fruitfully

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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