Mandatory education starts at the age of 8 in Washington State so up until now we were off the radar. At the age of 8 we are required by state law to declare our intentions annually to our local school district. Of course, we've been teaching both our children since they were born. We spend lots of quality time together, growing our relationships and doing an exceptional job of teaching our children basic academic skills and a huge swath of subjects that interest them. We've been part of a lovely, active and supportive homeschool group for over 3 years now.
Something strikes me as wrong with us having to declare ourselves to an organization that spends huge amounts of time fighting over building closures, teaching to the WASL, and ambushing other schools.
It all feels very Big Brother to me.