It's that time of year once again! The smell of new curriculum, the whine of lazy kids, and the joy of new supplies have come together at the start of school. This also means that it is time for you to send in your Letter of Intent (LOI) to homeschool to your Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP).
In the state of Kentucky, you are required to send a letter each year to your school district notifying them of your intent to homeschool. The compulsory school age in the state of KY is 6 to 18. This means if your child will be 6 years of age or older before Oct. 1, 2016, you will need to send in this notifcation. Grade level is not required.
Some of you may have received a form from your school, but they may be asking for more information than required. Your LOI needs to include the name of each child, their age, and address. We have a sample letter on our site, along with some other useful information, including DPP addresses, here: http://thinkathome.com/resources.
You should send in your LOI to the DPP of your district within the first 2 weeks of the start of school. We highly suggest sending with a Return Receipt. Keep this signed receipt with your records. By sending in your LOI within the required time period, you are protecting yourself.
For your convenience, we have looked up the student start dates for the following districts:
Pendleton County - August 8th
Campbell County - August 10th
Grant County - August 15th
Kenton County - August 17th
Boone County - August 17th
As always, if you have any issues or legal questions, we suggest contacting and joining HSLDA. THINK members receive a discount to HSLDA. Contact us for more information.
There are several conferences for homeschoolers. The Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati is the largest in the Midwest. These tips are based on experiences there, and may not apply to all conventions.
- Buy your tickets in advance.
You can get discount tickets online up until 2 days before the convention starts. The prices increase at the door, and you might not get into some of the special speakers you wanted to hear. Also, if you plan on the children attending the Children's Conference, you will want to book as soon as these become available.
- Ask for a parking discount.
Usually, there is a parking lot offering discounts near the convention. This could even be free. Always worth asking for a discount. They sometimes post this information on the convention website.
It's that time of year again -- "The Slump"
I personally hate this time of year. This is when I begin to question everything. "Why did I pick this curriculum again? Why are there so many worksheets? Is this too much or too little? Why did I sign up for so many classes? What was I thinking? Should I be homeschooling? Why isn't this working? Why are they so far behind? We'll never finish! I am DONE with homeschooling! I am SO sending them to school next year!"
Anyone else feel this way?
Of course! We all do. But that's where our support groups and systems come in. We talk to each other, receive encouragement, and reaffirm what we already know:
The school district is required to send these forms to you. You will receive a copy of these forms every year. You do not have to participate, and can discard the forms. If you do wish to participate, we suggest contacting HSLDA or a lawyer.
Hello All! My name is Candace and I'm a homeschooler.
Like most of you, I have wonderful children, except when they are whining about their school work or not being able to play outside.
I have a set curriculum, untiI find that one really cool new one, or when it's just not working for my kids.
I make dinner at home most nights, but sometimes I get so busy. I forget, and we eat pizza instead.
I have a wonderful spouse.
No exceptions there; he really is wonderful. He just doesn't get it when I complain about homeschooling.
I thought a break might be helpful for us all. A time to sit back, remember why we do what we do, ask others questions, complain to someone who understands, and get some encouragement.
I hope you'll be able to join us on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm for our Homeschool Coffee Break.
At least that's what I'm calling it until I come up with a better name... :D