log requirement PA homeschool law

The Difference Between the Log and the Time Requirement

A common source of confusion about the homeschool law is mingling the log requirement with the time requirement. I get questions all the time about what form is best for the log (calendar, planner, etc) signaling that a parent is confusing it with keeping track of days or hours. The PDE and the HSLDA don’t […]

PA homeschool law proof of evaluator's qualifications

Should You Provide Proof of An Evaluator’s Qualifications?

It is increasingly common for school superintendents to request an evaluator’s teaching certificate either by contacting the supervisor or the evaluator directly. The Pennsylvania home education law does not give school districts authority to verify an evaluator’s qualifications and┬ásupervisors should decline such requests for the reasons I’ll explain below. 1. The request assumes all evaluators […]

accountability when you homeschool

The Challenge of Accountability When You Homeschool

  One challenge that took me by surprise in the years that I homeschooled was my older son’s need for outside accountability to stay motivated. It took a while for me to recognize because it’s not something a child would understand, know that he needed or be able to articulate. From my point of view, […]

college scholarships

A Resource that Helped Our Son Qualify for a $6k per Year Scholarship

Background I’ve been writing about my son’s college search process on my personal blog (“Being Home“). I’m sharing the latest news that Luke qualified for the academic scholarship at the University where he committed to play tennis. Luke had to raise his SAT score by 40 points to get the award ($6,000/year). He hadn’t prepared […]

How to Homeschool High School in Pennsylvania

Homeschooling High School in Pennsylvania

Some homeschool parents get spooked about high school due to Pennsylvania’s higher regulations relative to other states but they really shouldn’t. In this post, I’ll explain how even the most relaxed home education program can satisfy the basic graduation requirements of the Pennsylvania homeschool law while still preparing a student for his or her future […]

more tips for selling used homeschool books

Tips for Selling Used Homeschool Books in Person

This is the third post in a series about how to get value from used homeschool books. In the first post, I told you about my favorite platforms to sell books. In the second post, I shared my best practices for getting the most value and minimizing handling time when selling your used books. In […]