When Must I File Documents With My School District?
- For a child who has never been in a school situation, nothing must be done until the child turns eight, unless you live in a school district of the first class (only Philadelphia), where you must file a notice of intent to conduct a home education program when your child turns six.
- PA law leaves it up to each school district to decide whether reporting must begin immediately when the child turns 8, or at the start of the following school year. Please contact your school district’s office for their expectations.
- If your child has attended public school at any age, and you are considering homeschooling, you must file your affidavit prior to starting homeschooling.
What Do Homeschooling Parents Typically Do With Their Children at These Early Ages?
- While there is no single formula, many parents use these early years to get to know their children and to get used to homeschooling.
- There are many good curricula available for preschool and early elementary ages.
- If you feel overwhelmed by all the options, remember to focus on the basics: reading, writing, and arithmetic. Some parents get a lot of mileage out of simply reading to their children for the first few years.
- Consider attending a CHAP convention for more instruction, or to get your hands on some curriculum options. If your oldest child is under age 4, and you or your spouse have never attended a CHAP Convention as a married couple, we will discount your registration fee.