Once you’ve made the decision to homeschool, you can start to feel a bit like you’ve purposely stranded yourself on a desert island. Before you send out that “SOS,” however, be assured that you are not alone. Thousands of other families in Kentucky are actively homeschooling their children as well. In fact, there is such an interest in home education in the state that a dedicated Kentucky homeschool association exists to support families who’ve chosen this path. Read on to find out more about this association and how joining an organized effort like this one can possibly benefit your family and your overall homeschool experience.
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK)
According to the CHEK website, the mission of the Christian Home Educators of Kentucky is:
- To provide Kentucky Christian home educators and Christian home education support groups with a central source of information, Christian fellowship and cooperation.
- To promote the Biblical mandate as expressed in Deut. 6: 4 -10, Prov. 22:6, Eph. 6:4 and other scripture that parents are to train their children in the nurture and admonition of our Lord.
- To preserve parental freedom of choice in education and right of conscience as recognized and guaranteed by the Ky. Constitution, Section 5 of the Bill of Rights.
- To provide home educators and the general public with information about the Biblical, academic, and legal aspects of home education and training.
- To provide a common ground for families educating their children at home as a matter of Christian conviction, and the ability to communicate effectively with officials from the Dept. of Education and others.
One thing you’ll notice right away is that the CHEK homeschool organization is specifically geared to Christian homeschooling families. Currently, there is not a comparable inclusive or secular statewide homeschool organization for Kentucky. However, much of the information on the CHEK website is applicable to homeschoolers of any worldview and may be a help, especially to new homeschoolers.
Why Join a Homeschool Association?
While homeschoolers have enormous freedoms to educate their children in the way they see fit, on rare occasions, those rights can be challenged. Your statewide homeschool association, even if not able to offer legal guidance themselves, will often be able to direct you to resources and information for meeting those challenges. Also, a home school association can have any of these additional benefits:
- sharing information for new homeschoolers on how to get started and how to follow all state guidelines concerning home education
- providing networking opportunities between homeschoolers across the state
- answering questions that new (and seasoned) homeschoolers have
- offering updated news and information related to homeschooling in the state, particularly in regards to changes to the state’s homeschool code of law
- initiating events for homeschoolers such as conferences, curriculum sales/swaps, and helpful workshops
- listing resources such as local/regional support groups, curriculum providers, special needs materials, and other helpful information
Additional Resources Related to Homeschooling Kentucky
Have other questions about homeschooling in Kentucky? You may find the following pages helpful.
- Homeschooling in Kentucky
- Kentucky Homeschooling Laws
- Kentucky Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
- Homeschool Field Trips in Kentucky
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