Homeschooling continues to grow in popularity in the U.S. (source) and with that rise in popularity comes an increase in resources available to those who choose home education. The Greater Dayton area has a lot to offer to make home education an easier, more enjoyable experience for families in the Miami Valley. Whether you are new to homeschooling in Dayton or a veteran homeschooling family, you’re sure to find something to offer in this list of valuable local resources.
- A great place to start if you’re just looking into homeschooling is the Ohio Department of Education website. Here you will find the basic requirements for homeschooling as well as opportunities for students to be involved with their local school districts. While this isn’t exactly a local-to-Dayton resource, it provides a great starting point for Dayton homeschoolers so that they can grasp a basic understanding of what’s required by the State.
- The Dayton Metro Library is a fantastic resource for families looking to save money. You can utilize the library for books and materials for FREE! They also offer a variety of free classes, courses, workshops, and other programs and events. There is also a facebook group dedicated to using the library system as supplemental to your homeschooling curriculum.
- Speaking of facebook groups, there is a group with over 500 members called Homeschool Around Dayton Ohio. Here you can chat with other homeschooling families and find links to events and resources that relate to homeschooling specifically in the Dayton area. You can also find information regarding different homeschooling co-ops in the area where families get together to teach classes and allow their children to interact with other homeschooling children in the area.
- The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery offers homeschooling specific programming for members and non-members. Kids are invited to participate in engaging, age-appropriate science workshops exploring physics, biology, and earth science.
- The YMCA of Greater Dayton has a variety of programs and classes, as well as sports teams and clubs that can be beneficial to homeschooling families. Some locations in the area offer clubs and classes specifically for homeschooling children that focus on hands-on learning in art or science. A membership to the YMCA includes access to their fitness facilities and a discounted rate for all of their scheduled activities. They also offer discounted memberships based on your income. Call your local YMCA to see if they have offer anything your family would be interested in!
- The Dayton Art Insitute offers a variety of art classes ranging from preschool to adult. The Lange Family Experiencenter provides informal, hands-on learning activities in a relaxed setting.
- Lisa Cox, BS., MS., Ed. is an Ohio Certified Teacher who provides academic portfolio assessments for homeschooling families in Ohio. If you decide you’d like to opt out of standardized testing, an academic portfolio assessment is required by state homeschool laws. Not only does Lisa provide these assessments, she is also a wealth of information for homeschoolers in Dayton and provides resources for families in the Dayton area and beyond.
- There are also a variety of homeschool co-ops for families to join in the Dayton area. A co-op is a group of homeschoolers who work together voluntarily to provide their homeschooled children with access to knowledge, experiences, and friendships that they wouldn’t have otherwise. There are religious, secular, and inclusive co-ops to suit every family’s preferences.
- Many parents are concerned about their child’s ability to participate in sports should they decide to homeschool. In Ohio, it is mandatory for your local public school district to allow your homeschooled children to participate in any extracurricular activities, including sports, that are offered at the school. Private schools also offer this option at their discretion. You can contact your local school district for more information.
If you are interested in learning more about homeschooling in the Dayton area, including finding a co-op to join, a great place to start is the local homeschooling facebook groups. They are:
- Ohio Homeschooling Parents
- Cincinnati-Dayton Unschoolers
- Homeschool Around Dayton Ohio
- Dayton (Ohio) Area Homeschoolers
- Miami Valley Home Educators
We are very fortunate to live in a time and a place where homeschooling can be very easy and enjoyable for families who choose it. This list is just the tip of the iceberg, so to say, as far as local resources go. If you are considering homeschooling or are looking for new resources to enrich your homeschooling experience, I highly recommend delving into the facebook groups to see what’s out there that fits what you’re looking for.