- Contact your stateâ€™s home group; find them by doing an internet search for â€œYour Stateâ€ and the phrase â€œhome schoolingâ€.
- Find the localÂ home schoolingÂ parentâ€™s support group. Youâ€™ll find people ready to help you get started as well as families eager to do kidâ€™s activities together.
- Find out about your stateâ€™sÂ home schoolinglaws. Talk to your localÂ school boardÂ to ensure they have approvedÂ home schoolingÂ for your child. They will check yourÂ home schoolingÂ proposal.
- Purchase any material you need to keep you up to date onÂ home schooling. Get together books and other supplies that youâ€™ll need to have on hand.
And Now What Happens?
When you startÂ home schooling, you not only have toÂ make sureÂ that you have everything prepared, you need tÂ make sureÂ that you are approved for it. You may have questions or need more information on things;Â make sureÂ you get these things accomplished so all goes as smoothly as possible:
- Plan your yearâ€™s curriculum; it will need to be approved by either the localÂ school boardÂ or the state, and should be material that you can teach.
- Create your proposal for your curriculum, explaining what you will be teaching and the methods you will use.
- Meet with theÂ school boardÂ or state officials to present your proposal for approval.
- Get the needed information andÂ make sureÂ you are registered for evaluations with theÂ school board. These evaluations will ensure your child has met the necessary education standards for their age.
- You may need to be certified to teach your child; find out and get it done.
The courts have said that parents andÂ school boardÂ officials must agree on the type of evaluation, which would be one of these: dated work samples, periodic progress reports, or standardized tests. Some areas may require home visits, not all do. Dated work sample are exactly what they sound like: you supply a few samples of the work your child is doing with the dates on them.
Progress reports can be helpful for planning the next yearâ€™s curriculum if you note on them how the lessons will be expanded on in the coming year. Not all areas require that plans be submitted each year, but many towns do expect it.
Make sureÂ that your education plan includes the type of evaluation you want to use. If theÂ school boardlater tells you that you need to do a different form of evaluation, you can simply point out your approved plan which listed the preferred method of evaluation. Itâ€™s as simple as adding a line into your proposal that says â€œAnnual progress report/dated work samples/standardized test results will be submitted on requestâ€, choosing only one of the methods, of course.
As with most government dealings, itâ€™s always best if you can have everything as well organized as possible before you start. Making the decision toÂ home schoolÂ should not be taken lightly; having all your paperwork in line will make it much easier to get started.