By: Andrea Dillon
Are you thinking about homeschooling? Well, you’re not alone. As of 2019, more than 4% of families in the US are homeschoolers. But with any new start comes questions. Before you get started, there are homeschooling particulars to be aware of — read on and learn what you need to know about homeschooling.
Below are some of the most common questions I get asked about homeschooling. These are often questions that most homeschoolers will get asked at some point along their homeschooling journey. So get comfy and let’s look at some discussion questions about homeschooling.
Is homeschooling legal?
Yes! Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and many other places worldwide. While each location has its own laws and regulation, you can homeschool from many locations across the world easily. It is recommended that all homeschoolers familiarize themselves with their state’s legal requirements, so please refer to your state’s homeschool laws here.
What is homeschooling, and how does it work?
Homeschool is educating children at home without the help of the public school system. Following homeschool laws, the child is taught using customized methods, programs, and support from the homeschooling community. Homeschooling looks different for each homeschooling family and can even vary from child to child depending on each child’s needs.
What should I know before homeschooling?
Before you start homeschooling, you should know your local homeschool laws. Those are your guidelines for what you need to do to exempt your children from public school legally. Your state’s homeschooling law will also inform you of what you are required to do in your homeschooling in regards to the notification, curriculum, testing, and reporting. I also suggest that you learn about local homeschoolers near you as well. These homeschool groups can help you understand the homeschool law and point you in the direction of local resources to use too!
Is it free to be homeschooled?
Enrolling your child in homeschool is free, but there are typically other expenses. You’ll need school supplies, curriculum, and an organized workspace for your student. Never fear, there are ways to homeschool for nearly free. Many homeschoolers take advantage of free and cheap online resources as well as used curriculum materials to keep costs down.
How is homeschool flexible?
Depending on your homeschool laws, homeschooling can be very flexible! You have your choice of when to school (the public school calendar or your own), the hours you want to school, the methods you want to use, the curriculum you want to use, and the activities you want to include in your homeschooling. In addition to all of that, homeschoolers have the flexibility to change anything if it isn’t working.
Can I really teach my child?
Of course! You aren’t going to be doing this alone. There are many great resources to help you teach your children about the topics and subjects required and other information about the world around them. You also can learn with your child as you go along. Many homeschool families choose to outsource teaching by other family members, online curriculum, or groups to help too!
What subjects are required for homeschooling?
Some states have strict requirements on subjects taught, so make sure to check your homeschooling laws. In general, homeschoolers are expected to cover Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Art, and Physical Education. Many homeschools add in electives like music and coding as well.
Can I homeschool multiple children in different grades?
It may take some extra planning and some creativity, but you can! Working out a schedule, curriculum, and finding ways to learn together can go a long way to help with this. Many homeschooling families with multiples include unit studies and gameschooling in their curriculum to help make the process easier.
What’s the best homeschooling program?
There isn’t one! That’s right; there isn’t one program that is best for everyone. Every child and homeschooling family is different, so what is best for one isn’t best for all. Some of the programs we recommend for online homeschoolers to try are Time4learning, Calvert Homeschool, and Power Homeschool. These programs are not best for all but tend to work for most homeschoolers, particularly if you’re just getting started.
Do homeschoolers have to test?
Are all homeschoolers religious?
No! Secular homeschooling is becoming more and more popular every year! There is a wonderful mix of all worldviews within the homeschooling community.
Can homeschoolers go to college?
Are homeschoolers unsocialized?
No more than anyone else! Homeschoolers have been given a bad rap of being isolated and antisocial when that is far from the truth. Homeschoolers tend to socialize with multiple age groups in various settings because they have extra time, and they are not stuck inside the classroom.
Can you homeschool a child with special needs?
Yes, you can, and there are advantages to homeschooling your child with special needs! Homeschooling can allow you to use the best hours of each day to be with your child and create beautiful learning moments. It can also offer you the flexibility to meet your child where they are academically and make the changes needed as they learn more things!
Can I send my children back to public school after homeschooling?
You can! Whether you were homeschooling temporarily or you just want to try something different, you can re-enroll your children into the school system. Each state has different requirements for this, so make sure you check your homeschooling laws and support groups for what you need to do. Remember, you also have the power to come back to homeschooling after public schooling if needed!
Do you have questions about homeschooling I haven’t answered above? Send me an email or leave me a comment below and I will gladly answer!