At What Age To Start Homeschooling—Get Your Answer
Are you planning to homeschool your child but don’t know at what age to start homeschooling? If you have a hard time making up your mind, our app is here to help. Read this quick guide and learn everything about the right age to start teaching your child at home before embarking on a homeschooling journey.
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While some parents start homeschooling their children at preschool age, others transition their kids from public elementary, middle, or high school. Factors you should consider when deciding on when to start homeschooling are:
- Child’s temperament and readiness
- Your temperament and teaching skills
- Homeschooling laws
Most U.S. states have laws that regulate homeschooling, including the age required to start formal education. When a child reaches that age—usually between five and eight years of age—you have to start with homeschooling or enroll your kid in a regular school. You can decide how much formal schooling you give your child before he or she reaches the required age.
Remember that homeschooling is not cheap—it usually costs anywhere from $700 to $1,800 per child per school year.
The beauty of home education is the opportunity to customize a curriculum and teaching methods to your child's specific educational needs. Parents often choose to create their own curriculum instead of following an existing one. Any parent can create a curriculum because this task doesn’t require a degree in education or knowledge of every subject. The most important thing is to know your child and be willing to try new things.
Consider taking the following steps when creating a homeschool curriculum:
- Set up the framework—choose the subjects you plan to teach
- Find literature for each subject—check out sources such as Sonlight, Veg Source, or Rainbow Resource
- Research online courses
- Create a timetable
Taking your child out of school to homeschool may seem pretty difficult to most parents, especially if their children are college-bound. An easy way to decide what subjects they need to take is to check out the admissions criteria for colleges and universities your children are interested in.
Keep in mind that many homeschooled students surpass their peers on standardized tests and excel in college because they had a curriculum that was tailored to their needs.
While some parents sit down with their children and go through different study books for a couple of hours each morning, others scatter the classes throughout the day. Stick to a timetable if you like it, but remember that weekend excursions in nature and even bedtime stories are opportunities to learn.
The most efficient homeschooling will take:
- Two hours a day in elementary school
- Three hours a day for middle school
- Up to five hours a day for high school
It shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes for each subject each day.
You don’t have to be a certified teacher to be able to homeschool your child—no state in the U.S. sets that condition. Some states still require a GED, high school diploma, or bachelor’s degree. Check your state’s laws on homeschooling before attempting to homeschool your kid.
This depends on which state you live in. A majority of U.S. states require parents to submit a letter of intent to homeschool to their school district's superintendent. Check out the table below to see if this is mandatory in your place of residence:
You don't need to waste your time reading the extensive state legislation on homeschooling or seek legal advice to be able to draft a letter of intent to homeschool. Opt for DoNotPay, and our app will generate it in a matter of minutes.
All you have to do is:
- Log in to your DoNotPay account
- Find the Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
- Answer a few questions from our chatbot, including your:
- Place of residency
- Personal information
- Starting date of homeschool (you can begin homeschooling at any time during the school year)
- Child’s name, age, and level of study
- Taught subjects
You can get your letter notarized online if you want us to submit it on your behalf or generate a PDF to send it on your own.
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