The A to Z Guide for Homeschool Parents
Homeschooling is a good solution for all parents who cannot send their children to public schools for any reason, yet this type of education requires a certain level of dedication and planning.
If you are thinking about becoming one of the homeschool parents, this guide is for you. It will cover all the important questions about homeschooling—from getting started and learning homeschool laws to writing a letter of intent to homeschool.
To homeschool your child successfully, you should:
- Figure out whether you are capable of doing this alone or you need someone else to help you out
- Find out what the homeschooling cost is
- Discover what your homeschool district is
- Find out what the curriculum requirements in your state are and whether you can choose subjects that are the most fitting for your child
- Learn about financial assistance and resources for homeschooling parents
- Determine how many hours a day you’ll be teaching your child
- Notify the school your child is attending of your intent to homeschool
In case you are not sure whether you should homeschool your child, try considering the potential benefits of this sort of education. For instance:
- It is an opportunity to spend more time with your child
- You can adjust the curriculum according to your child’s temperament
- You will be learning together with your child
- You might be able to educate your child for free
- Homeschooled students have a higher rate of academic success
- Students who are educated at home are more involved in the community
Once you take all of the aspects of homeschooling into consideration, you will be able to assess whether homeschooling is something you can do and where to start.
In case you think there are some subjects you might not be able to teach, you can always ask someone with more experience to help you.
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but the homeschool laws vary from one state to the other. While some states are easy when it comes to homeschooling, others have strict rules. For example, Washington State has a homeschool parents qualifying course.
Homeschooling laws regulate:
- Requirements for homeschooling parents
- Scholarships for homeschooled students
- Requirements for homeschool hours
- Testing requirements
- Graduation requirements, like a homeschooling portfolio
If you want to learn more about the homeschooling law in your state, take a look at the following table:
How To Write A Letter of Intent To Homeschool
When you understand all that you need to know to become a homeschooling parent, the next step is to take your child from a public school to be homeschooled. To do that, you will have to write a letter of intent to homeschool. This letter should include:
- Details about the school your child is currently attending
- Statement notifying the school about your intent to homeschool your child
- Date you’ll start homeschooling
- Your relationship with the child (e.g., a parent or a legal guardian)
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- Access DoNotPay
- Select the Notice of Intent To Homeschool feature
- Give us info about your school district
- Provide us with some information about you and your child
Our app will then generate the letter and send it to the school. If you prefer, we can also create a PDF version of the letter and let you send it yourself.
In case you live in a state that requires you to have the letter notarized, DoNotPay can connect you with an online notary so that you can get it done at home. You only need to let us know that you’d like our help with this step.
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