Homeschooling in Washington State

    
    
    Summary:  How to homeschooling in WA state, with resources and homeschooling group links, too!
    
    
    My family has homeschooled in Washington State for 14 years now.  Our homeschool law is very homeschool friendly, and there is a lot of homeschool support here, too. 
    We homeschooled our daughter here in WA state, starting in preschool and we decided to go all the way through high school.  Our daughter is now in college, and in fact, is almost ready to graduate from the University of Washington, one of the four colleges that she was accepted by after graduating from our homeschool.
    Today, I am sharing resources on our law, and all the good support that our state has to offer to homeschoolers. 
    SO here goes........
    First, to get started, here is information on our Washington State Homeschooling Law:
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    1.  Washington Homeschool Organization - WHO
    This is our statewide homeschool organization, with a large website, full of resources and information on our homeschool law.
    It also explains how to fill out the required Intent to Homeschool Form each year, by September 15th, once your child is 8 years old.
    WHO also offers a free Introductory Parent Packet to all new homeschoolers.
    2.  Qualifying Homeschool Courses are also offered by WHO and Christian Heritage.
    3.  Christian Heritage also has a brief description of our homeschool law.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

    Homeschool Support Groups

    For information on our Homeschool Support Association, click hereHSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families through opportunities, education, activities, and  field trips. 

    Our facebook group is called HSA Homeschoolers, which is full of resources and is also a great place to ask questions and get connected.  


    This organization is made up of homeschooling families in the Puget Sound area.  Live Meet Up chapters are located in Burien, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent/Covington, Normandy Park, Pierce Co., and Renton. 

     More Support and Resources

    1. Teen Events@ Auburn Library

    2.  Maple Valley Covington Homeschool Group  is a Facebook group that offers park days, field trips, and weekly play times.

    3.  To reach info on our Homeschooling Co-ops, click on Support Groups & Co-Ops 

    4.  Youth and Government, through the YMCA, offers teens a chance to learn about our state government, speech and debate, and more.  We so loved doing this activity and the Youth Mock Legislature meeting event in Olympia.  

    5.  BJ's Homeschool - This is my website, full of homeschool resources for the early yearshigh school & college and everything in between.  We share our favorites and how we used them in our homeschool.

    6.  Gifted Homeschool Forum - Do you have a child who is gifted or twice exceptional?  A child who is struggling with sensory processing issues, or one who has ADHD behaviors?  
    Check on my page on that and also the wonderful site at Gifted Homeschool Forum, too.

    7.  Curriculum Choice - Looking for quality curriculum? I write reviews for this site, along with other veteran homeschool moms.  


    Testing/Assessments

    Washington Homeschoolers are required to do annual testing or  assessments each year, starting at age 8.  Here are four resources for getting that done, including options for testing yourself, in your own home.  

    Our Homeschool Convention

    Every year, we all gather at our statewide homeschool convention!  For more information, just click on  our WHO Convention.


     Nature Study/Field Trips








    For ideas on nature oriented field trips, click on Stay-cation in Seattle, full of fun ideas to get your kids out into nature. 





    Homeschool Help


    I offer homeschool help and also free messaging exchanges through my facebook page, BJ's Homeschool.

    This can be as simple as asking a few questions and/or any of these:

    1.  How do I Get Started Homeschooling?
    2.  Choosing  Curriculum
    3.  Adapting things to fit my child's needs.  
    4.  Homeschooling Styles
    5. Am I doing enough?
    6. What about Special Needs?
    7.  Homeschooling High School
    8.  How to Apply to College
    9.Washington State Homeschooling
    10.  Homeschooling preschool, K, elementary, middles, too.  

    To reach me or for more info, please click here.

    Do you have a college bound teen in your house?  

    But first, are you looking for a truly encouraging group for high school moms?


    You are invited to join my very encouraging group for high school moms, called at Homeschooling through High School.  Lots of moms just like you there, sharing triumphs and challenges.  Get your questions answered there, too.  

    Feel free to Join us here.

    Now, Have you seen my NEW book yet called Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd 
    Edition?

    It lays out 10 easy steps for homeschool to college, and covers everything you need to help your teen get into the college of their choice, with 7 NEW chapters. Recommended by Lessa Scherrer, a certified college counselor and a homeschooling mama of 3.

    Create your own unique and nurturing high school program for your teen and showcase their accomplishments to the colleges. 

    >There are 12 downloadable high school homeschool planning printables plus a transcript form for you to just fill in. The kind of transcript form that the colleges are used to seeing.
    Review by Lit Pick is here: 
    Did you know the Kindle version of my book is out and, only $6.17?  

    More high school posts are on Pinterest here: Homeschooling High School Pinterest Board.


    This post is linked to the blog hop at Homeschooling State by State, where there are many resources from all around the US.   And I work with families from all over, too.



    Thanks for stopping by,

    Betsy


    Betsy is mom to her college grad whom she homeschooled from age 3.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book Homeschooling High School with College in Mind - 2nd Edition.  She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting



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