Mason Library’s Youth Services Department has curricula that you can borrow. It is available to browse in-person and is not in the online catalog.
The following information is taken from Roberta Van Vlack’s website: AHEM Homeschooling in Massachusetts
Homeschooling Styles by Roberta Van Vlack
What to teach
The Massachusetts General Laws chapter 69, section 1D lists as core subjects mathematics, science and technology, history and social science, English, foreign languages, and the arts. Subjects from Chapter 71 Sections 1 and 3 include orthography, reading, writing, the English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, drawing, music, the history and constitution of the United States, the duties of citizenship, health education, physical education, and good behavior. These subjects need to be covered at some point in your child’s education. You do not have to do every subject every year.
How to teach
Nor may school officials dictate the manner in which the subjects will be taught. (Charles) The Brunelle Court pointed out that “…some of the most effective curricular materials…may not be tangible. For example, travel, community service, visits to educationally enriching facilities and places, and meeting with various resource people can all provide important learning experiences…” (Brunelle at 518)
What this means in practice is that you can really educate your child in any way you like. Your homeschool may not look like your neighbor’s. Each family will have its own needs, interests, and values. Experienced homeschoolers often find that their children thrive when they make the most of the flexibility that comes with homeschooling.
Below are some of the most common approaches to homeschooling. This list is intended to be a starting point as you explore how your family will approach education. It represents only a small fraction of the materials available to homeschoolers today. Visit the Resources page at AHEM for some jumping off points.