Bilingual or Non-English-Speaking Family? Why Not Homeschool in Spanish?
Spanish-speaking schools are not easy to find—at which point homeschooling could become an alternative to consider.
DoNotPay shows you what is required to homeschool in Spanish—from methods and curriculum choices to standardized tests!
Depending on where you live, there are more or less strict laws on homeschooling—ranging from annual assessments and fixed curricula to almost complete freedom to teach the way you want in some states.
The laws you will need to check up on to find out what your state requires are concerned with:
- Who can teach
- What subjects should be taught
- How to notify your school district
- How often students are assessed
If your state allows you to teach, you should also make sure that you have the subject knowledge to teach the required syllabus at the correct level. If not, you may have to look at getting external help for some subjects.
Most states expect you to teach the core curriculum of:
- Civics, government, and citizenship
- Physical education
There will often also be options such as literature, fine arts, geography, and economics.
Each state has different laws on when you need to tell your school district about your intent to homeschool.
You can start homeschooling at any time in many states, but you may have to give a notice period under local law.
You could run into problems here if you want to homeschool in Spanish.
While there are no limitations on you teaching the required syllabus in Spanish, many states require regular student assessments through standardized tests that are in English.
The tests are mandatory in many states at bi-yearly intervals—some states insist that your child is assessed every year.
The following states only offer standardized tests in English:
|Georgia||West Virginia||North Carolina|
Many other states only offer Spanish-language assessments for certain subjects, the most common being math.
The numbers of states that offer Spanish assessments for the most important subjects are:
|Subject||Number of States With Spanish Assessments|
|Math||31 plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia|
Language assessments are conducted in English across the nation.
You can check for more detailed information on your state by looking on the Education Resources Information Center website.
If you decide to homeschool your child in Spanish, you need to make sure that they can complete their assessments in English. Bilingual teaching may be the best compromise.
When it comes to choosing a Spanish language curriculum, you have two options:
If you feel confident in your abilities as a teacher and understand your state curriculum requirements, you can design your own teaching plan.
While this can represent a fair amount of work each year, you can:
- Take your child’s preferred learning style into account
- Organize your teaching hours to get the maximum impact
- Use a variety of teaching approaches, including traditional, active learning, and project-based education
Several providers offer off-the-shelf curricula in Spanish, although many of these concentrate on teaching the language as a second tongue.
Of those that offer school curriculum tuition in Spanish, most go for a bilingual approach, which is a sensible way to make sure your child is equipped to pass your state’s assessments.
Your budget may be an issue, but curricula are available at various price points, so you should be able to find something suitable.
Whichever language you have chosen as your instruction medium, your first step is to check your state requirements on notifying your school authorities.
The letter will usually have to contain the following information:
- Your contact details
- The name, address, and grade of your child
- Your teaching qualifications, if required by your state
- Your proposed curriculum in some states
Writing an acceptable letter of intent to homeschool can be tricky—get it wrong, and you may fall foul of truancy laws.
Thankfully, DoNotPay can generate the perfect letter of intent in a flash and even send it automatically to your school district!
If you have decided to take the plunge into homeschooling, DoNotPay can get you into calm waters quickly and easily!
Our Notice of Intent to Homeschool product gives you the letter of intent you need to tell your school district of your plans—and we can even get it sent for you if you choose!
Here’s what you need to do to get your letter set up:
- Subscribe to DoNotPay in your web browser
- Go to our Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
- Answer a few questions to give us your details
Job done—you can print out your letter, or we can deliver it for you.
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