Most states expect you to obtain a reliable curriculum, although some states have the authority to approve or disapprove your choice. Many states expect you to teach the major academic disciplines such as spelling, handwriting, English, reading, math, science, and history.
We recommend purchasing 2–3 months before teaching in order to become familiar with the format and to start planning.
Develop a school schedule based on the number of days your state requires. Consider advantages and disadvantages of both a year-round schedule and a nine-month schedule.
Include long-term projects, seasonal activities, ministries, holidays, and vacations in your schedule.
Develop a teaching plan based on the number of children you have.
Plan at least one week's lessons ahead of time—gathering materials for lessons, preparing visuals, etc.
Use a daily lesson plan book for lesson number and pages, activities, and student textbook and workbook pages.
Many states require a record-keeping system. We recommend storing records in a filing system by school year and child. Records should contain samples of your child's work as well as standardized-test results.
Homeschooling does not mean you or your children will be left out of social interaction. There are many support groups available. There are also many extracurricular groups and clubs that you can be involved in, including sports leagues, church clubs, and more that are dedicated specifically to homeschool. These clubs support parents and help children make new friends.
To find a support group in your area, visit the HSLDA support group website .
Homeschooling is legal in every state in the United States, but be sure to obtain information about your state’s homeschooling laws. One source is to contact your local school district which can provide a packet of information concerning homeschooling, including a synoptic paragraph about legal requirements. Inquiries can be made with no strings attached. Another source to contact is your state homeschool organization which also can provide information about homeschooling in your state.
In addition, you can contact the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA.org ), a national homeschool legal organization for more information.
Depending on your state’s laws, you may be required to provide documentation of your child’s academic progress. In some cases, standardized testing is required. Standardized tests can also be a valuable way for you to gain a better understanding of how things are going.
More information on the requirements for each state can be found on the HSLDA website .
There are many graduates of homeschools who have found success in college and the workforce. You are your child’s educator and are free to issue a diploma once he completes your educational objectives. Preparing a formal transcript is the best way to demonstrate achievement to colleges. For more information on this topic, visit the HSLDA High School FAQ website .