Resources

Here is a list of resources that may be of benefit to you in your homeschooling endeavor! If you come across a homeschool resource that has been helpful to you, please email info@washlines.org with the web address and we’ll add it to the list!

Two wonderful resources for homeschooling families are “MACHE” and “Home School Legal Defense Association”. WASH encourages all of its members to join both of these organizations.
  • MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) -- MACHE "was formed in 1983 to encourage Christian families in the home education of their children. MACHE is a statewide, facilitating organization for all parents who have chosen to homeschool."
  • The Home School Legal Defense Association -- HSLDA is a "non-profit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect
    family freedoms."

If you are new to homeschooling, the following sites by be helpful. Even if you are a veteran, these sites have
lots of great ideas:

  • About Homeschooling – About.com’s list of homeschooling information sorted by topic area.
  • A-Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Web Site -- A collection of useful sites, resources news and articles.
  • Homeschool Central -- All the resources necessary to be a successful homeschool family.
  • Jon's Homeschool Resources -- A non-commercial site with lots of useful information on many areas of homeschooling.
  • Homeschool World --The official Web Site of Practical Homeschooling Magazine.
  • Clicks for Homeschooling -- Did you know that you can support homeschooling by shopping online? Use "Clicks for Homeschooling" to get to your favorite online retailers and they will give a portion of your online purchase amount back to HSLDA for the work of the Home School Foundation. So next time you want to shop online, use these links. It's easy, and you will be helping support the mission of the Foundation, which is primarily to provide assistance to needy homeschool families. All proceeds are directed into the Foundation's Compassion Fund.
  • The Homeschool Channel -- The Homeschool Channel provides a variety of homeschooling information.
  • MathOps.com -- Free and subscription online pre-algebra and algebra course. It is like having your own private math teacher or tutor, but with interactive lessons you access whenever you are ready. Several free algebra lessons; subscription required for full course.

If you have questions concerning Minnesota state law as it concerns homeschooling, check out these sites:

  • MN Education Code - Compulsory Attendance -- Information on statutes that govern homeschooling.
  • MN Dept. of Education: Home Schooling -- State of Minnesota home schooling requirements: All homeschoolers must report to their local school district by October 1 of their intent to home educate children between the ages of 7 and 16. A letter can be sent to the district (see required info at MN Education Code - Compulsory Attendance, click on section 120A.24) or you can fill out the MACHE Annual Reporting form which can be found on the MACHE web site. This form is similar to the state form found at the MN Dept. of Education website, but with a slightly different format including references to the state statute. Helpful background information is also included on the MACHE site. WASH encourages homeschooling families to use the form found at the MACHE site rather than the form found on the MN Dept. of Education site.
  • Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance -- "The Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance” is a statewide organization that provides information and support to homeschooling families. The group started out informally in 1982. MHA incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1991, and has been extending a helping hand to Minnesota homeschoolers ever since. It is a secular organization inclusive of all homeschoolers.