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    Hello, I知 in Missouri. I have a 7 yr old daughter whose in 1st grade public school. And I would like to take her out of public school to do homeschooling for 2nd grade and onwards. Can anyone give me some insight on how to go bout this? Some homeschooling advice? Anything? I really want to be able to figure this out but I don稚 know where to even start or how to go bout it?! Thank you for your time!

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    Hi! Welcome to the forum!

    You will want to formally withdraw your child from the school she is currently attending. Schools vary in the kind of information they request when you are withdrawing, but understand that most of the information they ask for is REQUESTED and not REQUJIRED. If you are uncomfortable providing some of it, check your state's laws to make sure you are required to answer that question.

    If you are asked what school your child will be attending, the answer is "homeschool." The answer is not "Time4Learning." Many people make that mistake. Time4Learning isn't a school. It's a homeschool curriculum. I'll paste information at the bottom of this reply to better explain the difference. You would not write "Time4Learning" for the name of the child's new school any more than you would write the name of textbooks you intend to use in that space if you were going to use a textbook-based curriculum.

    I'm not an attorney, so everything I say here should be considered friendly advice from an experienced homeschool mom . . . not legal advice.

    Missouri requires:

    Under Missouri law, a homeschool is a school that:

    1. Has the primary purpose of providing private or religious-based instruction.
    2. Enrolls pupils between the ages of 7 and 16 years. (No more than four students can be unrelated.)
    3. Does not charge or receive tuition, fees, or other remuneration.

    To homeschool under this statute, you値l need to follow these requirements:
    1. Teach the required subjects for the required period of time.

    You must provide your child with at least 1000 hours of instruction every school term.

    Kelly's note: In addition to the online academic subjects provided by Time4Learning, count arts and crafts, volunteer work or a part time job, Scouts, 4H, church or other organizational activities, music lessons and piano practice, organized sports or driveway basketball with a friend, and casual parental instruction in things like cooking or auto mechanics. Your child should not be sitting in front of a computer for that many hours.
    Six hundred of the 1,000 hours of instruction must be among one or more of the following core subjects: reading, math, social studies, language arts, and science. These subjects must be taught consonant with the child痴 age and ability. (Kelly's note: This means your child can work at a higher or lower grade level, to accommodate their ability.) Of those 600 hours among the core subjects, 400 must occur at the 途egular homeschool location, which is not defined in law.
    It's recommended that you keep a daily log showing the hours of instruction you give your children every day. Although this is not technically required, it's the very best way to prove you really provided each child with 1,000 hours of instruction.


    2. Maintain records for all children under age 16.

    If you are homeschooling a child who is younger than 16, you must maintain (but do not need to submit) the following records for the child:

    • A plan book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and educational activities engaged in. This requirement can be satisfied by keeping a daily log of hours of instruction.
    • Samples of your child痴 work. Kelly's not: Click the following link to read Time4Learning's advice about maintaining a homeschool portfolio when using the T4L curriculum.
    • Academic evaluations. (These could be regular tests in the various subjects, annual standardized tests, etc.) Kelly's note: Missouri doesn't require any certain type of tests on any specific schedule. You might want to administer a standardized test like the CAT, which you can do online, once in awhile . . . but you don't have to.

    Alternatively, you can maintain 登ther written, credible evidence that is equivalent to the three types of records listed above.
    Always have on hand at least one full year痴 worth of records (unless you are just starting out).
    During a child痴 elementary and middle school years, you should always have on hand at least one full year痴 worth of records. For a high school student, the records (for all 4 years) should be kept indefinitely.

    Kelly's note: You have to keep these records, but you do not need to send them to anyone. You just have them on hand in case your child was ever suspected of being truant or you would be reported for educational neglect, which is probably unlikely to happen, but does . . .



    The Difference Between Online Schools and Homeschooling

    Many people mistakenly think of or refer to online schools as 塗omeschooling. Homeschooling is not about the location where the learning takes place. It is about what laws must be followed and who is responsible for following them.

    When you enroll in an online school, the school is responsible for following the school laws (not homeschool laws) in the state where the school is located. The school will choose a curriculum, tell you how to use it, and impose a schedule. The school will create, maintain, sign, and stand behind any documents pertaining to your student痴 education. The school will provide teachers for consultations and office personnel for records management. The school will arrange for any standardized testing required for public school students.

    When you homeschool, the parent is responsible for following the homeschool laws in the state where the student lives. Each state has its own set of homeschool laws and they are all very different. Homeschool laws are also very different from the laws schools must follow.

    The parent chooses a curriculum, decides how they want to use it, and follows their own schedule. Time4Learning is one curriculum you might choose.

    The parent creates, maintains, signs, and stands behind any documents pertaining to their student痴 education. This includes report cards, transcripts, and diplomas. Time4Learning provides blank templates within your parent dashboard to help you create your child痴 high school transcript and diploma.

    The parent is the teacher (and the family is the school), even if using an online curriculum. This is similar to a classroom teacher who might show their class a video or allow them to use a computer program. He or she is still the teacher.

    The parent will arrange for any standardized testing required for homeschool students. Not all states require annual standardized testing of homeschool students. Some require it only every few years, some do not require testing at all, and some provide alternatives, such as a portfolio evaluation.

    Click this link for a great place to find your state's homeschool laws.

    Here are some more articles that can be helpful to newbies:


    Free Welcome to Homeschooling Guide


    How the Time4Learning Curriculum Works


    Lesson Demos


    Homeschool or School at Home?


    How Long is a Homeschool Day?


    Here is where to sign up for Time4Learning.




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

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