Homeschooling doesn’t mean staying home every day! In fact, many families find that one of the best things about homeschooling is the opportunity to take advantage of local resources such as museums or zoos. Each geographic area has its own strengths and weaknesses in terms of what is available, but even if you live in a particularly rural area, you should still be able to find some of the following local resources:
And this is just a small selection of the local resources that may be available to you! Many homeschooling families take advantage of these resources during daytime when other children are in school. In fact, some of these centers and institutions may offer classes or workshops for homeschooled students during regular school hours.
While you may already know about many of your local resources, there may be others that you haven’t heard of yet. As you are investigating your local resources, here are some of the places you should use to look for information:
As you investigate local resources, you may want to keep track of what services they offer and how they fit into your homeschooling curriculum. You may also find it useful to maintain a log of your visits to museums, community centers, and cultural institutions. This log can become part of the permanent academic record you maintain for each child you homeschool—and it can also serve as a reminder of when it’s time to plan another visit!
Don’t forget to read the other articles in this section!
— Homeschool Resources & Support
— Public and Charter School Partnerships
— Access to School District Resources
— Joining a Homeschooling Group
— Homeschool Umbrella Schools
— Drawing on Local Resources
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