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    THE BARE BONES BASICS OF GETTING STARTED HOMESCHOOLING


    Homeschool Laws


    Each state has its own homeschool laws.They are all different.


    The best place to find your state's homeschool laws is your state's Department of Education website.


    A good place to find help from experienced homeschool parents with understanding your state's laws is the States section of the Time4Learning parent forum.


    Some states want you to notify them that you are homeschooling every year. Some require only one-time notification, and some require no notification at all. Some want your students tested each year, some require testing at the ends of specific grades only, and some do not require testing or offer alternatives to standardized tests, such as keeping a homeschool portfolio. A few states require that the parent have a high school diploma or GED, that certain subjects be taught, or that school lasts a certain number of hours or days. No state specifies what curriculum you must or may not use.


    Homeschool Versus Online School


    Online school options are often mentioned in state laws, but they are not “homeschooling” (although they are often mistakenly referred to that way, because the work is done at home). Online schools follow the school laws in the school's state and a third party will direct your student's education. In homeschooling, the parent follows the homeschool laws in the student's state of residence and the parent directs the student's education. In general, homeschool laws give a parent more freedom to customize their student's education. For example, many students work at a different grade level in each subject or set their own learning pace.

    Time4Learning is an online homeschool curriculum. It is not an online school.


    Diplomas and Employment


    In homeschooling, the parent decides what the student must do to graduate from the family's homeschool high school. All states allow a parent to issue a homeschool diploma to their own child. Colleges are more interested in a student's test results than in how they learned what they know. Most colleges readily admit homeschooled students. Many colleges,including Harvard and Yale, actively recruit homeschooled students. Homeschooled students are eligible to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) and are awarded financial aid for college just like traditionally educated students. Employers are required to accept homeschool diplomas from students who were homeschooled legally.


    The best place to learn about homeschooling high school is Let's Homeschool High School.com. There are also printable diploma and transcript templates there.


    Homeschool Versus Traditional School Mindset

    ~Homeschooling takes less time than traditional school. See: How Long is a Homeschool Day?.

    ~Worried about Socialization? See: Socialization: Just the Facts. Also check your state's homeschool laws. Some states allow homeschoolers to participate in public school extracurricular activities, such as sports.

    ~Calculating Grades. See: Reporting Grades

    ~"What grade are you in?" It's usually easiest to consider your child "in" the grade that corresponds to his age, regardless of what level he or she is actually working at in each subject. For example, I once had a ten-year-old fifth grader who was doing third grade math and seventh grade language arts. She was still "in fifth grade".


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    Time4Learning's Welcome to Homeschooling Guide

    Mom of six . . . current students and homeschool graduates. Enjoying using Time4Learning since 2006!

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    Default Re: BBB #1: Getting Started Homeschooling

    This is very nice but will that not effect the socialising skills on the child? Just a worried mom

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    Default Re: BBB #1: Getting Started Homeschooling

    Hi, Olivia.

    All six of my kids have been homeschooled from the beginning. Four are grown. They all have found life partners and are happy. One is an electronics engineer, just promoted to CEO of the company he works for. Another is a fine dining restaurant manager, which definitely requires "people skills". Another is a chef, and one is in her third year of college to be a teacher. (The other two are still at home, being homeschooled.)

    I have always had to walk through the house in the evenings, saying, "Anyone who doesn't live here . . . it's time to go home."

    I have kept an open-door and open-fridge policy at our home. My kids have participated in Scouts, 4H, organized sports, volunteer work, part time jobs, and so forth. They are always bringing friends home. I think it's great that they enjoy bringing their friends here, and that their friends enjoy hanging out here. I love having them around.

    Here's an article I wrote called What IS Socialization, Anyway?

    I hope some of this helps alleviate your fears.

    Mom of six . . . current students and homeschool graduates. Enjoying using Time4Learning since 2006!

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    My husband and I have had a horrible time this year with my daughter's teacher. Last year her teacher understood her personality and quirks and knew how to work with them. This one ... seems she just doesn't care. If your kid doesn't fall in her line then she shrugs her shoulders. We are curious about homeschooling but are also trying to stay away from religious homeschooling because we don't believe in exposing a kid to religion at a young age (when she's older and is interested we will encourage her to find the religion that fits her).

    I'm at a loss.. what I thought was home schooling is now just an online school. We're looking to keep her days between 4-5 hours but have no idea how even start. We're in oklahoma. The only requirement they have is that kids must attend 180 days of school and that is the only requirement I have found.

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