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Starting anything new can be intimidating, especially when it involves your family. BJU Press Homeschool is here to help you on your journey to educate your children. If you haven’t already, watch the video above, download our free ebook and browse the rest of this page. If you have any questions please don’t hesitant to reach out and ask us.

Our 7 Steps to Success

1
Know Your State Law
Homeschooling is legal in every state in the United States. Obtain information about your state homeschooling law. One source is to contact your local school district who can provide a packet of information concerning homeschooling, including a synoptic paragraph about legal requirements.
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Obtain Curriculum
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 academic disciplines such as spelling, handwriting, English, reading, math, science, and history. Most state homeschool organizations hold curriculum fairs during spring or summer.
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Set Up Your Homeschool
Establish a special place in your home. Equip your teaching area with necessary teacher and student school supplies and resources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc. Use student desks or tables and chairs as well as a chalkboard or marker board.
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Begin Keeping Records
Many states require a record-keeping system. Store records in a filing system by school year and child. Store samples of your student's work as well as standardized test results.
5
Organize Your Time
Develop a school schedule based on the number of days your state requires. Consider a year-round schedule vs. a nine-month schedule as well as a daily schedule. Include long-term projects, seasonal activities, ministries, holidays, and vacations in your schedule.
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Prepare Lesson Plans
Plan at least one week's lessons ahead of time, gathering materials for lessons, collecting resources for lessons, preparing visuals, etc. Use a daily lesson plan book for lesson number and pages, activities, and student textbook and workbook pages.
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Find a Support Group
Attend several meetings to become acquainted with the group and its purposes. Assess group goals and standards to be sure they are in keeping with those you want and have for your family.
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Frequently Asked Questions



How do I choose a curriculum?

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.

Read suggestions for choosing a curriculum on our blog.

How do I get organized?

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.

Learn more about homeschool organization on our blog.

What records do I need to keep?

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.

Learn more about record keeping on our blog.

How can we connect with other homeschoolers?

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 .

How do I legally homeschool in my state?

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.

What about standardized testing?

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 .

Will my child be able to get in to college and does he need a diploma?

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 .

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