Before we begin, you need to know:
Home schooling requirements for your child are different based on where you live.
The homeschool requirements in Florida vary greatly from the how to homeschool in Texas requirements.
And, the Texas homeschooling requirements are different than the homeschool requirements for California, which are both different from homeschooling requirements in Michigan.
So, what are the guidelines for homeschooling in your state?
(If you don’t know, that’s OK! READ ON! We’re going to cover what you need to do next! We’ll give you homeschooling tips for getting started!)
Now that you know there are so many different laws for different areas, I think you can understand the importance of reviewing home schooling requirements and homeschool laws before you even start the process!
Also, be aware that homeschooling laws in the United States are often very different than the laws for homeschooling in another country!
SO, what do I need to homeschool my child?
The first thing you must do when starting home school is to check the home schooling requirements and laws for your state or country.
How many states is it legal to homeschool?
Homeschooling is legal in every state of the United States, but the laws are different in other countries.
The best states for homeschooling will depend on the homeschooling requirements!
Many believe that homeschooling states with flexible laws have some of the best homeschool programs.
Also, if you live in another country or are planning spend an extended amount of time in another country, be sure to understand the country’s laws before you move!
Where is it illegal to homeschool?
It is illegal to homeschool in some countries (like Germany), so if your homeschool family is going to relocate to a different country (even temporarily), you need to check the homeschooling laws there before you start homeschooling!
If you are an American homeschooling overseas, the laws can get really muddy and often even the homeschool liaison may not completely understand your rights as an American to homeschool in different countries.
Sometimes, like with military families, Americans may be able to homeschool in other countries, even if homeschooling is illegal.
If you’re an American homeschooling overseas, be sure to check the country’s laws and even speak with an attorney who understands homeschool laws BEFORE you start homeschooling in another country.
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THIS IS PART 4 IN OUR SERIES FOR NEW HOMESCHOOLERS.
4 MAJOR Home Schooling Requirements to Know BEFORE Starting to Homeschool
Home Schooling Requirements #1: Check your state’s home schooling requirements and state homeschooling information.
Again, this is the very first thing to do when considering home schooling!
You can check your state’s current homeschool laws and homeschooling regulations through the Homeschool Legal Defense Association or search the web for “homeschooling [your state].”
Don’t do any further home school research until you complete this step!
This is an important homeschooling tip to getting started!
Home Schooling Requirements #2: Understand the home school requirements for parents.
What qualifications do you need to homeschool your child?
Do you have to have a license to homeschool?
Well . . .
However, just like homeschooling laws, the home schooling requirements for parents vary based on state (or country).
Each state requires home-schooling parents (or instructors, like in co-ops) to have certain qualifications.
For many states, the minimum homeschool requirement for parents is to have a high school diploma or equivalent (like a GED).
For most states, the parental qualifications will be outlined when you look up home school state laws.
Can you be homeschooled without a parent?
Some people (most often teens) will ask, Can you be homeschooled without a parent?
In the US, a parent or legal guardian is required to oversee homeschooling.
However, there are co-ops.
Homeschool co op classes are co-operative education classes where parents and children work together to achieve a common goal of cooperative education experience.
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Home Schooling Requirements #3: Review the intention to homeschool requirements (especially if you’re transferring a child out of public school or private school).
Depending on where you live, you may or may not have to file your intention to homeschool with your local school district (especially if you are taking your child out of public school or private school to homeschool).
This is important because your child may be considered truant if you do not complete the appropriate paperwork required for your state or country. This could mean serious legal issues for you and your family.
If you are transferring your child from a private or public school into homeschooling, be clear on what paperwork is needed to alert the school.
Again, your child is absent or truant if the appropriate paperwork is not filed with the public school (which causes major issues with your homeschool journey).
There are also very relaxed homeschooling states where you may not be required to file your intent to homeschool.
Home Schooling Requirements #4: Understand the home schooling state reporting requirements.
Some states require that you report to the state periodically while homeschooling.
Be sure you know:
What do you need to report for your state?
Do you need to use a state-approved homeschool curriculum and show your child’s work using that curriculum?
Will your child need to take state standardized tests?
Do you need to submit your child’s grades periodically or provide an attendance report?
There are many things that you may need to submit based on your state’s requirements.
Be sure you have the checklist!
(Conversely, some states may not require you to submit anything for your homeschooler. YAY you!)
Can you start homeschooling at any time?
Once you are clear on the laws and home school requirements, you can start homeschooling your child TODAY!
Now that we’ve covered requirements for homeschooling your child, do you have any questions?
Leave them in the comments!
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