Know the Homeschooling Laws in Your State
Most legislation concerning homeschooling occurs at the state level, and each state has its own homeschooling
regulations. Some states have few requirements; for example, requesting that parents send a letter to the
appropriate educational department. Other states require more detailed information, such as notification of
when homeschooling begins, a copy of test scores, and/or an evaluation of work completed by a certified teacher.
The Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization that advocates for homeschoolers, has online
resources you can use to help you get started, including a summary of laws regarding homeschooling.
Determining Grade Placement
If you’re already confident that your child can start homeschooling in the grade level common for his age or that
follows the last completed grade, you can skip this step. If you’re not sure what grade you should put your child
in, you can use online resources like A Beka Book’s Scope & Sequence to help you decide. A Scope & Sequence shows what children should learn and when, helping you make sure your child won’t miss learning
any important concepts.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy
ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Plan How Homeschooling Will Work in Your Home
Every homeschooling family is different, so when it comes to planning your school year, find what works best for
you. One thing that has made homeschooling smoother and simpler for many families is determining at the start
who will be responsible for which parts of the learning/homeschooling process. You may end up deciding one
person will handle all the details of homeschooling, or that a combined effort works better. The important thing
is to have a plan. Here are a few areas to consider:
- Teaching (which can be broken up by subject)
- Maintaining records
- Grading papers
- Organizing daily activities (schedule, tests/quizzes, field trips, etc.)
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning
Selecting Your Homeschool Curriculum
As you’ve probably noticed, multiple curriculum providers promise exceptional results for your child, and it may
seem hard to choose. Following these two steps will help you determine what curriculum is best for you:
- Choose a curriculum that supports your family’s values.
- Choose whether you want to use several curriculum providers (an eclectic approach) or one curriculum
provider for all subjects (a unified approach).
With an eclectic approach, you select curriculum from several publishers. Because each curriculum will be
organized in a different way, you’ll have the added responsibility of ensuring your child learns what they need
to learn in every subject area. Because many publishers cover the same topics at different times, each
curriculum’s Scope & Sequence has to be examined and compared so that no important academic skill
is accidently skipped.
If you decide to use the unified approach, you only have to choose one publisher. It can be a much simpler way
to homeschool because the publisher has already ensured there are no learning gaps. In addition, your child
will be familiar with the way subjects are taught, and it makes it easier for them to see parallels between
subjects and for the content in one subject to reinforce content in another.
As you search for a publisher, another thing to consider is what they offer not just for your child, but for you.
The best publishers don’t just offer textbooks; they provide the resources and materials you need, from lesson
plans for an organized day to teaching support materials and instructions for how to use them.
If you’re not sure about which curriculum to use or you’re considering A Beka, you can view our products and
resources online or request a catalog. Or, see A Beka products in person at Materials Displays or find out more
through Online Events. Representatives would love to meet you and help with anything they can.
Create a Conducive Learning Environment in Your Home
Many experienced homeschoolers create a specific area for homeschooling that helps their child stay focused
and learn. This place, ideally, is free from distractions such as the TV, toys, etc. It’s a place that’s quiet and
different from any other area in your house. You can even use a special table or desk where your child can
store his books, papers, and pens. All of this helps create an environment that encourages your child to be
ready to learn.
Establish Your Support Network
Just because you’re taking responsibility for your child’s education doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. You can
get support from your friends, family members, and even parents like you who write about their homeschooling
journey online. If you attend church, find out who else is homeschooling and let them know you’ll be
homeschooling, too. They’ll be able to share their experience with you, and they can give you encouragement
and advice along the way. They may have discovered local homeschooling resources that can help your
homeschooling adventure be even better.
And don’t forget your best support—prayer. Remember to ask for guidance, wisdom, patience, and whatever else
you find you need each day.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known unto God.
Now you know the basics, and you can get started! In your homeschooling journey, your child won’t be the only
one who learns; you’ll be learning, too.
If you have questions about anything, please contact us at 1-877-223-5226, or e-mail us
at email@example.com. We’re here to provide the tools and resources that help you teach with confidence
and give your child an education that prepares them for life, both academically and spiritually.
Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same