Homeschooling in Oregon
Here are some useful resources that may be helpful as you are getting started.
Power Homeschool’s Homeschooling in Oregon site highlights resources, helpful tips, support groups, and so much more!
Homeschool Support & Groups in Oregon
When beginning to homeschool, joining a support group or organization is one of the best ways to get helpful tips, advice, and resources. In Oregon, homeschoolers have access to a variety of different types of support, including two statewide homeschool associations.
The Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) and Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork) are organizations that offer support and encouragement to homeschool families in Oregon. Both associations provide events, workshops, and other valuable resources to enhance home education.
In addition to two statewide homeschool associations, Oregon homeschoolers can join homeschool support groups and co-ops to connect with other families. Homeschool support groups allow parents to share advice and stories, while students can socialize with peers and make friends. Some support groups are online, while others meet regularly in person. Often, homeschool support groups will organize events, field trips, or other group activities, as well.
Homeschool co-ops are similar to support groups, but they are more academic focused and allow homeschoolers to learn in group settings. Homeschool co-ops can provide general instruction, while others focus on a particular subject or provide instruction around religious teachings. Both homeschool support groups and co-ops can be found online since most of them have Facebook pages or websites.
The following are just a few examples of all the different types of support available to homeschool families in Oregon:
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When starting homeschooling for the first time, it is very common to have questions about best practices, useful resources, and how to get started. Our helpful guide to starting homeschool is a good place to start. In Oregon, you’ll need to submit a Notice of Intent once you decide that homeschooling is the best decision for your family. The notice should include the name and birthday of each child being homeschool, as well as your address and the school they previously attended.
Once you submit the necessary paperwork, you’ll need to select a homeschool curriculum program. Power Homeschool is an online program with courses available for K-12 students. In addition to our classes, parents and students receive helpful tools to get familiar with online learning.
Homeschool Field Trips in Oregon
Homeschooling has many perks, and one of these is the ability to incorporate more hands-on learning and enrichment activities than the traditional classroom can manage. Going to museums, getting up close with animals, and exploring science centers are all great ways to make the material learned in class come to life before your student’s eyes.
Oregon is home to many different field trip destinations. However, the following are examples to give you ideas for your next field trip.
- Tumalo Falls in Bend: Located in the Deschutes National Forest, Tumalo Falls allows visitors to explore the earth’s geographical landforms. Students will enjoy seeing wildlife and viewing the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest.
- Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City: Through live demonstrations, exciting exhibits, and special events, visitors will learn about the Oregon Trail and the pioneers who made their journey west while facing many trials and dangers along the way.
- Baker Heritage Museum in Baker City: This museum features displays and exhibits of local history and culture, making it the perfect field trip to learn about mining, ranching, wildlife, pioneers, and much more.
- Hood National Forest in Sandy: Exploring the Mt. Hood National Forest will be a great way for homeschoolers to learn about the region’s natural environment, including flora and fauna native to the area.
- Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport: Learn about birds, fish, and other aquatic species that are native to Oregon’s coast at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Homeschool programs offer a variety of educational opportunities, including lab programs and special tours.
- Portland Art Museum in Portland: As the oldest art museum on the west coast, this museum is home to works of art from cultures around the world. The family free days allow children of all ages to explore exhibitions and partake in activities.
- Wildlife Safari in Winston: With camps, classes, and educational programs, young animal lovers will enjoy getting to learn about wildlife and even get close up views of lions, bald eagles, elephants, and so much more.
- Oregon State Capitol in Salem: What better way to learn about Oregon’s history, culture, and government than by touring the state capitol building. Guided tours are seasonally available, as well.
- Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville: With an IMAX theater, military and civilian aircrafts, and two exhibits, this museum is the perfect place for students to learn about aviation and space exploration. The museum offers educational programs and homeschool days.
Power Homeschool hopes this guide to homeschooling in Oregon provides you with the resources and tools you need to jump-start your homeschool journey. If you have any questions about our online homeschool curriculum, please contact us today!
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