Home Schooling Information – What You Need To Know To Get Started With Home Schooling

When looking for home schooling information, there are several basic things you need to know to get started. Whether someone is just looking into the option or really feels a strong need to home school their child, the steps are basically the same.

Laws – The first thing a parent needs to do is to investigate the laws in their state. They can usually do this by talking to another home school parent in the area. If there are no other home school parents around that can offer support, then the HSLDA website will give a breakdown of the laws by state. Once parents are familiar with their laws, then they can contact their local superintendent or county board office and see what needs to be done to either pull their child out of school or start teaching their child at home. I have to include a word of warning here. If a parent isn’t familiar with the home school laws in their state and the first thing they do is speak to a public school representative, they may get incorrect information. Many times public school representatives are not familiar with the rights of home schoolers and tell them things like, “You can’t pull your child out of school during the middle of the school year.” or “You have to have a teaching degree to be able to teach your child.” or some other incorrect information. Often it is not the intent of the representative to mislead the parent, they just aren’t familiar with the laws. This is where a local home school parent really comes in handy. They are familiar with the process and know what needs to be done and can easily point the parent in the right direction.

Learning Style – Before a parent starts choosing books or curriculum for their child, they need to take a good look at their child’s learning style. There are tests and resources on the internet where parents can get learning style assessments done for their children. Basically, a parent just needs to pay attention to how their child learns best. Does the child learn best by seeing, hearing, or doing? Do they see things broken down into parts or are they more of a big picture thinker? These and others are good questions to ask when thinking about the resources a parent wants to use for home schooling. It will save them lots of time, money, and frustration if they choose materials most suited to their child’s learning style.

Methods – There are quite a few methods available that parents can use to teach their children. Some enjoy a school at home approach while others prefer using unit studies to teach their children. Other methods available are unschooling (interest led), relaxed home schooling, Charlotte Mason, classical, eclectic, and online or computer learning.

Subjects – Parents can make a list of the subjects that they want their students to cover and then start writing down resources and books that can be used to teach those subjects. When they are ready to purchase materials, they can just circle their top choice in each subject area and use that resource to teach that subject.

Home School – Know The Laws First

Home schooling has become increasingly popular in the U.S. among parents with children of all ages. The reasons for this are many. Safety is a big issue with all of the school shootings that seem to happen on a weekly basis. There is also the fact that our educational system is falling behind in teaching our children the programs they need to be successful in life.

Home schooling allows you, as parents, to teach your children the courses that will fit their needs and abilities. In many cases you will be able to give your child an education that is far above and beyond what they can learn in a public school.

Making a decision to home school your child is an important one and one that needs to be researched thoroughly before getting started. Every state has laws and statutes that govern home schooling. You need to make yourself aware of these laws and make sure you are following them so that you won’t jeopardize your child’s future. Let’s take a look at some of the basic laws that every state has in place.

It’s important to understand that laws pertaining to home schooling are in place to protect your child. There must be laws in place to be sure a child isn’t just staying at home and not going to school, but they are actually being educated. Attending school is a legal requirement in every state.

Most states will ask that you fill out a form notifying the state that you intend on home schooling your child before the next school year begins. Generally, the state will then mail you all necessary paperwork to be filled out.

You will need to know exactly what your individual state’s laws are on home schooling. Aside from that, every state has home school organizations that can help you get a better understanding of the laws. You’ll also have a better understanding of your rights as parents in regard to home schooling. Every state will require your child to be tested during the school year. This is so the state can be sure that your child is getting an education and can advance to the next grade level. Again, every state is different in their testing procedures and requirements so you will need to familiarize yourself with these.

This may seem pretty complicated to some, but it really isn’t difficult in the long run. It just takes some time to read up on the rules and then fill everything out properly.

I would strongly advise joining a home school organization in your area. They will help you tremendously. These organizations can even help set up a schooling program for you, as well as give you tips and ideas to home school your children successfully. Many of these groups will even set up field trips for home-schooled children to go on. It will be well worth your time to investigate an organization in your area.

Home schooling can provide your child with wonderful education, but the most important key is to be sure you are doing things legally. If you aren’t you could be forced by the state to discontinue home schooling and put your child into a public school.

How to Get Your Home School Legal

If you want to home school you are not alone. Thousands of parents are turning to teaching their children at home and giving them a great education. Students that were taught at home continue their studies at universities and get great careers. 

Before you open the school at home you will have to check the laws for your state. Each state has many different laws pertaining to opening and operating a school.  Usually in most states you will have to make sure that you meet all the requirements for that state, and then notify the state that you intend to remove your children from public school and teach them yourself. Some states are stricter than others with their laws. You may only be able to teach your children, you may have to have a diploma yourself, and then you will have to teach those subjects and be subjected to in home inspections of records, and testing results.

You will want to find the laws for your state and make sure that you follow each requirement before you are allowed to remove your child from the public school system. Usually the state laws can be fulfilled easily.

Once you have met the requirements for your state they may send you a certificate or other document allowing you to teach at home. That is when you are then a home school officially. Some of the states will require you to have the paperwork in hand before you go to the school to withdraw them from there.

While there may seem to be a lot of requirements to open a school yourself, this usually is the best education that you can give your students.