Homeschooling Your Child – A Guide to Getting Started

Child Being Homeschooled by FatherMost parents consider homeschooling their children at some point. When parents decide to follow through with homeschooling, however, they may not know how to begin. Below are some parenting tips on homeschooling your child.

State Laws
Homeschooling your child is legal in every state, and no state will require you to have a teaching certification in order to choose homeschooling for your children. However, you will have to follow your state’s curriculum and record keeping guidelines. Though you must follow your state’s curriculum laws, you don’t have to buy a packaged curriculum. Instead, you can develop your own curriculum in accordance with state requirements when homeschooling your child.

Some states require parents who homeschool to submit portfolios of their children’s work on a regular basis. Some states may also require students to take standardized tests. Other states don’t require any ongoing assessments for homeschooled children.

Socialization
Parents who are new to homeschooling often worry about their child’s social needs. One of the best ways to make sure that your child is able to socialize with other children of the same age is to connect with other homeschooling parents. Regardless of your location, you can usually find at least one support group for families who homeschool their children. These groups can prove a valuable resource for parents with questions and concerns about the process. Many support groups also offer activities and social gatherings in which your children can meet other children involved in homeschooling.

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  1. Love it I was homeschooled had lots of friends and plan on homeschool all my babies :) I have a four year old and a 8 month old maybe more later :)

    Comment by Kirsten — 1 - 30 - 2013 @ 9:46 AM

  2. I need more information for homeschooling in for South Texas..where can I get information

    Comment by Natalia — 1 - 30 - 2013 @ 3:28 PM

  3. I am not sold on the idea of home schooling. I’ve worked at the Junior High and High School level and often see students enroll from home schooling. Often they are academically behind their peers in one or more subjects – math typically being one of them. Socially, it seems difficult for students to make friends at that age. It seems they often friend those students that are not involved in positive extracurricular (school related or not) activities. Those students also seem to be more comfortable talking to their teachers than their peers, which makes it even more difficult to acquire strong peer relationships during the 1st year back in the public school setting.

    I think that the success of home-schooling is very dependent upon how involved the parent is with other families and support systems to ensure the student is able to build strong social skills and friendships.

    Comment by Amy — 1 - 30 - 2013 @ 9:45 PM

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