How To Choose a Homeschool Curriculum—The Practical Guide
Choosing the right homeschool curriculum is a task that might be complicated for many homeschool parents. Though there are some standardized curriculums, this choice depends on many factors, starting from your child’s needs and the situation you’re in.
Since homeschooling directly affects your child’s academic future, you should not make hasty choices. Instead, you should do thorough research. To choose the right curriculum, start by answering the following questions:
- Do you want your curriculum to be based on your religion?
- How much time will you spend homeschooling?
- Is another homeschool teacher going to help you?
- Do you want to include online schooling as well?
- Do your teaching skills match the curriculum requirements?
- What is the homeschooling cost you are willing to pay?
When you get all the answers, you can move to the concrete actions, such as:
- Assessing the learning capabilities and interests of your child
- Taking a look at the subjects various curriculums include
- Trying out different homeschooling programs and teaching styles
- Checking out other parents’ curriculum reviews
Before you make your final choice, you should look at the homeschooling curriculum from different aspects, such as:
- Resources—School districts, museums, libraries, internet
- Teaching models—Classical, Montessori, Unit studies, Charlotte Mason
- Subjects—Math, literature, etc.
- Student categories—Age, religion, special needs, ethnicity
Though homeschooling is legal in every state in America, some have more specified homeschool laws than others. This means your choice of curriculum might depend on state laws. These laws include a set of rules related to the parent's qualifications, homeschooling hours, testing, graduation, and college requirements.
For instance, in some states, your child has to take achievement or evaluation tests after certain grades, while others have no testing requirements at all.
The letter of intent to homeschool is a document required by some states. This document is a legal notice of your intent to start homeschooling. Once you decide to start educating your child at home, you will have to send the letter to the Department of Education or school, depending on the state laws.
Here are the details your notice should include:
- Your school district
- Statement that you decided to homeschool your child
- Information about yourself and your child
- List of subjects you’ll be teaching
- Your signature
While some states don’t require you to submit this document, this is a must in the following states:
|Delaware||District of Columbia||Hawaii||South Carolina|
|Oregon||New Mexico||North Carolina||South Dakota|
|New Jersey||Colorado||North Dakota|
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Preparing to start homeschooling your child can be overbearing, especially if you have never done that before. That is why you should not hesitate to ask for our assistance. DoNotPay can draft a letter of intent to homeschool in several minutes, and you only need to:
- Log in to the DoNotPay app
- Locate the Notice of Intent To Homeschool feature
- Type in your school district
- Give us info about yourself and your child
You can choose whether you want us to send the letter to the school on your behalf or create a PDF version of the letter and let you mail it yourself. We'll be there to support you however you decide to begin educating your child at home.
Note that the state you live in might require you to get your letter notarized. If that is the case, let us know! DoNotPay can connect you with an online notary and help you get everything done at home.
Check out other DoNotPay guides to homeschooling and learn more about this hot topic. In our knowledge base, you’ll find the answers to various questions, such as:
- Can you start homeschooling in the middle of the year?
- How can you take your child out of school to homeschool?
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