How To Choose Homeschool Subjects

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Homeschool Subjects From A to Z

Homeschooling is in all states, and each one has the authority to establish its own homeschool laws.

Some states are less restrictive than others—some might not even require that you teach specific subjects.

In this easy-to-read guide, DoNotPay gives you some useful tips on how to start your homeschooling journey and choose the best homeschool subjects for your child.

How To Choose Homeschool Subjects

When choosing homeschool subjects, refer back to the requirements for your state. If your state requires homeschooling parents to teach certain subjects, this will be an excellent place to start. Although some subjects may be required, you are still free to choose:

  1. How you want to teach them
  2. What kind of curriculum you will use

After you’ve decided on the main subjects you’ll teach, you can narrow down your choices to focus on specific areas.

Here’s a list of subjects you can include in your daily timetable:

ArtBiologyFashionGeographyPhysical Education
AgricultureBusinessFilm studiesGeometryPhilosophy
AnatomyChemistryFinanceGraphic designPhysics
ArchitectureCookingFirst AidMusicPolitics
AstronomyCultural studiesLanguage artsLiteraturePsychology

Most parents choose to teach traditional subjects, like language arts, math, science, and history, but you are free to add as many secondary subjects as you want.

You can always change your mind about certain subjects and curriculums if they’re not the right fit for your child.

Choosing Homeschool Subjects Based on Grade Level

To help you get a better idea of what basic subjects would work well for your kid, you could choose based on your child’s grade level. Check out the table below to get an idea about what your elementary or middle school kids might need:

Grade LevelSubjects
First and second grade
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • PE
  • Arts
Third to fifth grade
  • English
  • Maths
  • History
  • Science
  • PE
  • Arts
Fifth to eighth grade
  • English
  • Maths
  • History
  • Science
  • Social studies

If you have more kids, choose subjects you can teach at the same time even though your children are at different grade levels (for example, history and arts).

The Best Homeschooling Tips for Beginners

As a beginner in homeschooling, you need to pay attention to a few other aspects of teaching at home, besides choosing the right subjects.

To make homeschooling successful, consider doing the following:

  • Create a designated learning space
  • Define a homeschool schedule
  • Adjust your teaching style to your child’s needs
  • Join a local homeschool group or a co-op
  • Find interesting online courses
  • Take learning beyond the classroom
  • Make sure your child socializes with other children
  • Remember that homeschooling is not free—the average cost per child per school year ranges from $700 to $1,800

Do You Need To Be a Certified Teacher To Homeschool Your Child?

You don’t need to be a certified teacher to homeschool your child. Still, in some states, you’ll have to have a high school diploma or GED. Depending on your location, you may have to report to a certified teacher as well.

You can teach your kids on your own, but that can sometimes be challenging. If you feel like you don’t have enough knowledge to teach certain subjects or enough free time for homeschooling each day, you can hire a tutor.

Depending on the student’s age and grade, one to five hours of homeschooling a day is enough.

Do You Need To Send a Letter of Intent To Homeschool?

Once you make the decision to homeschool (and take your child out of school if they are enrolled in one), you’ll likely need to send a letter of intent to homeschool to your school district. You can do this whenever you want, even in the middle of the school year.

The letter of intent:

  • Protects you and your children from being charged with truancy
  • Relieves the school of the responsibility of educating your child

Sending a letter of intent to homeschool is not mandatory in every state. Take a look at the table below to find the requirements for your place of residency:

North CarolinaPennsylvaniaMaryland
New JerseyTennesseeNew York State
Washington StateMissouriColorado
UtahSouth CarolinaMassachusetts
LouisianaIowaWest Virginia
New MexicoMississippiHawaii
NebraskaNew HampshireMaine
DelawareMontanaRhode Island
AlaskaSouth DakotaWyoming
North DakotaDistrict of ColumbiaVermont

Is sending a letter of intent mandatory in your state? No need to mess with the paperwork on your own— and let us take care of it.

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To make all of this possible, you’ll need to:

  1. Choose the Notice of Intent to Homeschool product
  2. Answer a few questions from our chatbot

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