Region 10: Greg & Kimberly Laskowski
Phone: 317-467-6244, Extension 210
Serving families in:
Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, Lawerence, and Monroe County.
Welcome to Region 10!
We are here to facilitate your homeschool trek. Whether you are just starting out or halfway down the road, we hope to provide you with the information and resources you need to continue that journey and reach the end of the line. Feel free to contact us if you do not find what you are looking for and we will be happy to assist you in any way that we can.
If you are new to homeschooling, making a decision to homeschool is not to be taken lightly. Pray for God’s guidance. Some passages to meditate upon are. A decision to homeschool is a tremendous commitment and should not be made without research and preparation.
We are pleased to have you join us in our homeschool adventures and wish to help you with yours!
Where Do I Begin?
1. Know the Indiana law.
- Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) provides proper legal counsel to its members if necessary.
- Indiana Association of Home Educators (IAHE)
2. Research and read books about home education.
- Your local library offers a selection of books and magazines on home education. Just do a search under the subject or just browse the shelves with call numbers 371.042. At the Monroe County Library there is also a very nice Parents Resource Room downstairs in the Children’s Department.
- Monroe County Public Library
- Brown County Public Library
- Bedford Public Library
- Jackson County Public Library
- Bartholomew County Public Library
- The IAHE website has many articles and resource links to help homeschool families.
3. Prepare to Home School
- Both husband and wife need to agree together on homeschooling. Make sure your marriage is in order. The primary support for your homeschool is the husband and wife relationship. If there are unresolved issues between you and your spouse, it is more likely that your homeschool will be unstable, distracted and disorganized. Sit down with your children and discuss your decision to homeschool.
- Put your home in order. Establish routines and chores. Limit time on TV and computer games.
- Looking Well To The Ways of Your Household, by Mary Carney. A practical guide written by a former career mom turned keeper at home shares lessons about the many aspects of homemaking.
The Flylady is an online resource that teaches you how to revolve your cleaning routine around a monthly schedule. Her book “Sink Reflections” will show you how to escape the CHAOS syndrome.
The Organized Home is another great resource for home organizing articles and forms. “Houseworks” is the companion book for this site. This website also offers sister sites for organizing Christmas as well as your scrapbooking, sewing, other crafts.
4. Select and order your curriculum for the fall.
- This step may take some time to complete so start right away. Investigate the homeschool catalogs, browse their websites and read book reviews.
- There are lots of teaching philosophies available to you. One of the most difficult processes is decide what to use. The choices can be overwhelming. Take time to look at what will fit your family.
- Query your homeschooling friends. Ask questions on a homeschool e-group.
- Beware that sometimes shipment of books can take up to six weeks, especially in the busy season of July, August and September.
5. Attend homeschool conventions and workshops
- You will find an overwhelming amount of curriculum and support at these functions. IAHE holds a yearly statewide convention in Indianapolis.
6. Become Involved
- By volunteering for local homeschool opportunities you will be making “connections” for both parents and students. Don’t isolate yourself or your children. So sign up for to coordinate a field trip or plan a Mom’s night out. Join an online e-group and stay informed.
- Both HEARTH and BACH in Monroe County have Yahoo e-groups.
- JCCH has a Yahoo group in Jackson County
7. Relax and Enjoy the Homeschool Experience
- Remember why you are doing this. God has lead you to this decision and He will see you through it.
- Don’t compare yourself to other homeschool families. Each family is unique including yours.
Our favorite thing about homeschooling is:
The opportunity to foster a life long love for God and learning in our children. We love being together everyday, making memories, and the stories our adventures create. We make our schedule and it has the flexibility to meet the needs of our family, as well as tailoring education to fit each of our children.
Our region is blessed with:
Region 10 has many homeschoolers and so much to offer them. We have Spring Mill State Park, KidsCommons, Wonderlab, Blue Springs Caverns, The Lilly Library, IU Jacobs School of Music, Lake Monroe, Zaharakos, Brown County State Park, Hoosier National Forest, homeschool groups, co-ops, robotics teams, sports teams, and more.
Greg & Kimberly Laskowski
Region 10 Representatives
Homeschooling since 2000.
Looking for a local support group, co-op or extracurricular activities?