The Lowdown on the African American Homeschool Curriculum
Homeschooling is becoming more popular among African Americans. Though there are a variety of reasons to switch to homeschooling, many families cite bullying and racism as the primary motivators.
Another concern for most Black parents is the lack of Black history and Afrocentric values in the traditional curriculum.
Getting started in homeschooling is challenging for all families with no experience in home education. If you are planning to start providing home instruction soon, some important steps you should take are:
- Study your state’s homeschooling regulations—If you want to withdraw your child from public school to start homeschooling immediately (even in the middle of the school year), you can do it as long as you follow your state’s laws
- Decide who will teach your kid—You can do it on your own, but make sure you have two to four hours (depending on your kid’s age) each day for homeschooling. Approximately 45 minutes per subject is usually enough. In case you don’t have enough time, you can hire a certified tutor. In some states, grandparents can homeschool their grandchildren, or the children can join another homeschooling family
- Find and join a local homeschool group or a co-op—The National Black Home Educators, for example, is a homeschooling organization created to assist African American homeschooling families. They offer a sense of community as well as valuable information on the challenges that African American homeschooling families might face
- Connect with other African American homeschooling parents on the internet—You can find a variety of blogs, Facebook groups, and YouTube channels that focus on Black homeschooling
- Calculate the budget—Homeschooling is not free. The average cost ranges from $700 to $1,800 per child per school year
- Prepare a letter of intent to homeschool—This is a legal document mandatory in most states. It serves the purpose of notifying your school district about your decision to switch to homeschooling
- Check out the available African American homeschool curriculums
Choosing an Afrocentric homeschool curriculum is not an easy task because there are so many of them. To get an idea of what types of African American curriculums are right for your family, check out the table below:
|Kamali Academy||This is a flexible Afrocentric online curriculum aimed at empowering Black children|
|Standing on the Shoulders of Giants by Education for Life Academy||An African-Centered history curriculum that starts with teachings of Ancient Africa and poses thought-provoking questions|
|Kwanzaa 365: A Revolutionary Early Childhood Curriculum||Designed for students aged 4–8, this Afrocentric homeschool curriculum focuses on the Kwanzaa principle|
|Back History is American History by Mamademics||This monthly curriculum contains 52 courses designed for children aged six or younger and teaches them about Black history|
|Sankofa Science Solutions||Mainly focused on STEM, this curriculum is based on African science|
You don’t have to be a certified teacher to homeschool your child. Most parents teaching their kids don’t have a teaching background. Only a few states require a homeschooling parent to have a high school diploma or GED, so make sure to verify whether you live in one.
Some factors you should consider as a homeschooling parent are:
Make sure your letter includes the following details:
- Your child’s name, address, birth date, gender, and grade
- Name of the person who will be in charge of homeschooling
- A statement saying that the child will be homeschooled for the following school year
- Date and signature
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