It’s simple to get started. This step-by-step guide will show you how to homeschool your kids in 2022. Whether your child is in elementary, middle, or high school, the steps to get started are the same.
To be clear, at HomeSchool ThinkTank, we’re not lawyers, but we’re here to help you start down the right path to homeschool your children. This article is intended to help parents who want to homeschool their children in the United States. However, we have tried to be helpful in guiding families who live outside of the United States as well.
As you get started with homeschooling your children, you might find it help to join online group for homeschooling parents.
How to Listen to This Episode
You can listen to Episode #53 about How to Homeschool Your Kids nearly anywhere podcasts are played. We suggest listening to this episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts,. You can also listen to it here.
You’ll learn the step-by-step process of how you can discover the homeschooling laws where you live.
Step-by-Step Guide to Homeschooling Your Kids
All the links you need are within this article.
- Subscribe to the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast.
- Decide to homeschool with THINK HOMESCHOOL: Live & Learn Your Way.
- Join a local homeschooling group.
- Take a look at this article about your state’s homeschool requirements.
- Go to the primary website(s) for your region.
- Where required by law, register your child as a homeschool student.
- Connect with our online homeschooling group for parents.
Listen to the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast
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Look for Episode #53 if you want to learn how to homeschool your kids.
Read or Listen to THINK HOMESCHOOL: Live & Learn Your Way
Decide if homeschooling is for you. Read THINK HOMESCHOOL: Live & Learn Your Way. Listen to the audiobook or read the paperback or ebook to help you decide if you want to homeschool your kids.
There are probably a lot of things that you haven’t thought about yet, and this book will help you recognize both the pros and cons of homeschooling.
Visit Your State’s Primary Homeschooling Website
If you want to homeschool your kids, we suggest locating the primary homeschool website(s) for your region.
For example, if you live in the United States, you’ll want to conduct the following Google searches:
- Homeschool and United States
- Your State and the word Homeschool
- Homeschool and Your Town
When you Google the word homeschool with your region, you’ll begin discovering a vast array of information that is relevant for your family.
Know Your State Homeschool Requirements
In the United States, there are some common homeschooling requirements. The law varies state by state, so you will need to learn what the requirements are where you live. Here is a list of potential requirements that you might want to look into:
Common Homeschooling Requirements…
- register to homeschool with your state (or where you live)
- record keeping requirements
- individualized home instruction plan
- immunization records
- reporting procedures
- number of days of school
- number of hours per school day
- specific subjects studied
- mandated testing
- compulsory school age
- parent GED or high school diploma
Please note that homeschool laws vary widely based on where you live. For details, please see this article about your state’s homeschool requirements.
Visit Your Public Education Website
Before you head to your state or region’s website, we’d like to share a little information. We recommend that you visit HSLDA’s website and the primary website about homeschooling where you live before heading to your government’s website. The primary reason for this is that a government website and a homeschooling website have different agendas.
A Government Website…
A government website’s primary goal is to have your child enroll in public school. In general, a public school system receives funds for each child that is enrolled in their system. If your child is not in public school, then the government does not receive funding for your child. For this reason alone, it is in your government’s best interest to discourage you from homeschooling and to encourage you to keep your kids in public school. In addition, governments are able to teach mandated doctrine through the public education system. When children are not enrolled in a public education system, this inhibits a government’s ability to teach a set of beliefs that is passed through the public education system.
A Homeschool Website…
On the other hand, a homeschool website’s primary goal is to encourage you to homeschool your kids and to support you in the process. At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we have three primary reasons for encouraging families to homeschool:
- It is our belief that homeschooling is good for families.
- Homeschooling can be an excellent opportunity for both children and families.
- There are a variety of concepts that are taught (and that aren’t taught) through the public education system that we disagree with. If you have questions about this, please consider reading Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto. This will help you begin to understand our perspective.
How To Find Your Government’s Education Website…
With this in mind, we encourage you to seek out your government’s education website. You need to know and understand your local law regarding homeschooling your kids and the requirements for homeschool families where you live. Here is how you can get started.
- US Department of State: This website includes links to countries around the world and of course to individual states within the United States of America.
- Conduct an online search: Type in Department of Education and Your State. If you live outside of the United States, type in the word education in your local language and your local region, province, or country.
Notes About Extra-Curricular Activities, Sports, & Doing Public School At Home…
- Please note that doing public school (or publicly funded education) at home is not the same as homeschooling. See this article about the differences between doing Public School At Home During COVID19 & True Homeschooling.
- Also note that if your child is participating in public school extra-curricular activities, sports, or dual-credit credit classes as a homeschooled student, there are likely steps that you will need to take with the public education system to participate in these programs.
Register Your Child as a Homeschooled Student
While it is not mandated in every state, most states require parents to register homeschooled children with the state.
If you are required to register your child as a homeschooled student, you might be able to do so online, by mail, or in-person.
Hopefully, you’ve checked with HSLDA and your local Department of Education. If you have, then you should be armed with the knowledge you need to register your child as a homeschooled student.
To help protect all homeschool families freedoms, please share only the information that you are required to provide by law. When you give more than is lawfully required, then this begins setting a precedent of expectation that can eventually limit the freedom of parents and homeschool families at large.
Join Our Online Homeschool Parenting Group
At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we believe that homeschooling parents need support. Our homeschool parenting group is an online group that is growing to serve homeschooling parents. We strive to help you connect with other homeschooling parents and the resources you need. This positive and uplifting community is a great place to ask questions and find the support you need.
Frequently Asked Questions About Homeschooling
Frequently required subjects are reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science. For more information, visit this article to see how you can learn what is required where you live.
Oftentimes, instruction must be given by a person possessing a high school diploma or equivalent. For more information, visit this article to see what the law is where you live.
Frequently, children must start school when they are five years old. However, school age can vary depending on where you live. For more information, see the links provided in this article.
Depending on where you live, you may or may not have to notify your local government that you intend to homeschool your child. Some areas have a deadline for returning homeschool students while other areas require that you notify your local government within a specified time of the establishment of a homeschool. Please see this article for links that can help you understand how to register your child as a homeschooled student.
You will want to check your state’s Compulsory School Attendance Law as this varies depending on where you live. Please visit this article for more details on how to find the information for your region.
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Helpful Links for High School Homeschool Graduation Requirements
Below are some helpful links and information about homeschool high school graduation requirements. We’ll be updating this article with more information in the future, so please save the link and check back in.
When Can My Child Graduate From High School?
Commonly, a student must be in school until they are 18 or have graduated from high school or received a general educational development certificate (GED). For more information, see the links provided in this article. Also, look for other helpful links about homeschooling in high school near the bottom of this page.
How Will My Child Graduate From High School?
Your child can graduate with a high school diploma as a homeschooled student. There are generally three ways for a homeschooled student to graduate.
1. Graduation by a parent or legal guardian.
2. Graduation by correspondence course, distance learning school, or homeschool program.
3. Take and pass the GED test. A student can take this test beginning at the age of 16.
- Read this HSLDA article: Why Every Teen Needs A Transcript – And How To Get One
- Then visit this HSLDA article: What Information Goes On My Highschoolers Transcript
- Next read this HSLDA article: How To Calculate A Grade Point Average – GPA
- Finish the HSLDA four part series: Free High School Transcript Templates
- Get information about homeschooled kids earning a GED: GED Information
A Note About The GED…
In the past, getting a GED had plenty of negative stigma around it. However, that seems to be changing. In some instances, it might be more difficult to earn a GED than it is to get a public high school diploma. Also, earning a GED is simply one option. As described above, there are other options for homeschooled students to earn a high school diploma.
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