Before you Home School

Before you begin to home school your child/ren there are a few things you are going to need to know. You have to check the home schooling laws in the state in which you reside. Some states treat a home school as a private school and the state does nothing to get involved. In other states you must present the state with records of your child’s progress just as a public school would. The states which have regulations vary in degree.

You can find this information on the Internet by doing a search or you can visit HLSDA.org. HLSDA has a map which indicates whether a state is non-regulated, has low regulations, moderate regulations, or is highly regulated. It also has links to each state where you can find PDF files that show the specifics of the laws in that state.

Once you know what is going to be expected of you in the state you live in, you may start gathering your home schooling materials. Abeka books is a good company for obtaining Christian home school curriculums and building your own Christian home school curriculum. If you are not a Christian you will not want to use Abeka because their books contain many references to God and Jesus and other Christian elements. You might go to secularhomeschool.com to find a suitable non-Christian curriculum.

After you have all your materials it is time to start planning your home school curriculum day. The designing of your curriculum can be done by you or you can order curriculums that have been put together by someone else. In highly regulated states you will have to follow specific curriculum guidelines. The days and times you will have your child study each subject are also up to you, so long as you meet state regulations with how often your child studies and how much he/she does.

Some home schooling parents elect to teach their children during the summer as well. This has many benefits; extra time to complete the curriculum, no loss of knowledge during the summer months, etc. Be warned that if you do this your children may question you as to why their public schooled friends do not have to go to school.

You should know that home schooling can be a full time job. With younger children you will have to closely monitor their studies and even older children will need your help in certain areas. If you do not have the time or patience to give it 100 percent, then it is better to put your children in a public or private school instead.