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Posted by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM
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Im Nicolle and a mom of a 4 year old son and a 1 year old son (as of tomorrow). Im looking into homeschooling now since my oldest is in head start. Im in Oregon and I know homeschool is fine here since I know a family that homeschooled when I was in school. Im just so confused about laws, rules and everything that has to do with it. Im not even sure if we could afford it since we live on so little each month that we usually never have money left over after the first couple weeks of each month. 

Im looking if all info and help lol

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by Julia on Jan. 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM
Hello :-) hdsl (can someoje correct me if thats wrong), should have that info fkr you
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by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM
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Quoting Precious333:

Hello :-) hdsl (can someoje correct me if thats wrong), should have that info fkr you is the site for your states hs laws. I would link, but i'm mobile. Also check yahoo groups for any local hs groups or coops.

You can definately hs on a budget! I' m a single mom, so i know it can be done.

Welcome to the group! :)
by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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Hi Nicole,  It really does not have to be expensive.  I create many of my own lesson plans, because most of the stuff out there is not as effective as what you can create yourself.  When I do buy curriculum, I like what has been created by home School Families...they understand that home school is not the class room.   Following are some articles to help. 

How To Home School  (different methods used by home educators, how to create your own lesson plans, grade level requirements, and more)

Lesson Plans That Motivate

A language arts curriculum/ board game  created by a home educator: Ring Around The Phonics

A math curriculum created by a home educator:  Math U See

Oregon State Laws

by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Welcome to the group! 

I homeschool on the cheap. I have 2 kids and I spend less than $100/year to HS BOTH of them. I ask for gift cards, homeschool supplies and subscriptions as holiday gifts - that how I've gotten memberships at my favorite websites -,, But really you can make homeschool as cheap or as expensive as you want or need. Could I make HS an thousands of dollars venture? Sure. But I know how to keep costs down. My DH was laid-off 2 years ago. I can't work because of a vascular issue, but I had never gone on SSI either, so we went from being a comfortable middle class, to less than $25k/year to support a family of 4.....and we only got $50/month food stamps. So we literally didn't have a single penny extra. My DH is now working as an apprentice, so he doesn't make much over what his unemployment was, and I'm working through the red tape of SSI. 

As for laws you can find Oregonian laws here - but it seems to me that you send the BOE a letter known as a Notice of Intent, they may have a packet for you to fill out. Then as you homeschool you keep a log of your homeschooling hours. 

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by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 11:59 AM

 Welcome to the group.  I have a 4 year old also.  Your local library is a great asset for homeschooling. 

by Platinum Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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Welcome! It's so easy to homeschool cheaply, especially for the younger grades. All you really need is a library card and art supplies.

by Platinum Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

You'll really be able to get some great deals right before school starts so begin a change jar or put pack 10 or 20 bucks a month until then. You won't be sorry! Garage sales can also supply some great things.

by Sonja on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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Hi Nicole. Welcome to the group. :)  

Here is an overview of what you should do and also some links and information in case you need to make any calls.....

Home schooling is an educational option in Oregon. Parents who choose to home school their children must register at their local Education Service District (ESD). 


  • Contact your local Education Service District (ESD). ESD home school contacts can be found by clicking on the “Home Schooling Contacts” link below. Registration information on this web page is intended to direct you to these regional contacts to register.
  • Home schoolers must be registered with their local ESD within 10 days of withdrawal from public or private school.   Please visit your ESD's web page for more information. Education Service District Websites PDF.

Curriculum and assignments are not provided by the State, however, testing is required at grades 3, 5, 8 and 10. A link is provided below to Common Core State Standards which are the grade level expectations for what public school students are expected to be able to know and be able to do by graduation. Your local ESD, district or public school may also be able to provide additional resources to support your child. Please take time to review the guidelines, Q & A and laws and rules before requesting additional information on home schooling. 


Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions related to home schooling. Please review first for details on the requirements for home schooling. 

Laws & Rules

Laws & Rules

Oregon Revised Statues (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) related to home schooling. 


Home Schooling Contacts

This page contains helpful contacts related to home schooling. 


Common Core State Standards

The goal of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is to help all students become college and career ready by the time they graduate. 



This page provides links to resources that can support home schooling. 


Home Schooling Data

Statistics on home schooling provided by year. 

Alternative Education

Alternative Education

A variety of private and public alternative schools and programs are evolving to support Oregon's commitment to help students achieve high academic and career-related standards and to pursue their individual goals and interests. 

Charter Schools

Charter Schools

A charter school is a public school operated by a group of parents, teachers, and/or community members as a school of choice within a school district. 

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by Sonja on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Now, I know that some buy a program for their curriculum. Some buy in pieces, their curriculum. Then some, write their own curriculum. They are all valid ways to homeschool.  I, myself, write my own.  I have from the very start. I used to wonder if that was going to be good enough for when my kids got older and were in high school. Now, I no longer worry about that being a wise decision. I have my first graduate and she is doing quite fine as well.  Over the next few years, I will have 2 more graduates and all of them are doing just fine with me writing their curriculum. So, if that is a concern, it should be a small concern. :)


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