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You Will Need
- Knowledge of your state's laws regarding homeschooling
- Teaching materials
Investigate your state's rules
Investigate your local homeschooling laws. Homeschooling is legal in all fifty states, but the rules regarding attendance, curriculum, record-keeping, and testing vary. The Home School Legal Defense Association's website ("hslda.org":http://hslda.org) lists state-by-state requirements.
Talk to homeschoolers
Search online for a homeschooling support group in your area. Homeschooling vets can guide you through any required paperwork and share what they've learned about the experience.
Choose a curriculum
Choose a curriculum. Your options range from the traditional method used in public schools to "unschooling," which bases the program of study on the child's interests.
Get teaching materials
Figure out what teaching materials you need to purchase—textbooks, workbooks, teacher's manuals, maps, and so on. Go online to find homeschool groups that sell used materials.
File necessary notice
If required by your state, file notice with your local school superintendent of your intention to homeschool your child. Be sure to meet all deadlines. Some states also mandate that you file a home instruction plan.
Decide on a daily schedule
Figure out how you’re going to structure daily lessons. Though flexibility is one of the advantages of homeschooling, you should still have a general idea of how you will fit teaching and schoolwork into the household routine, especially if your state requires that your children pass standardized tests.
Consider outside help
Think about what kind of outside help you might need to educate your children properly. Consider hiring a tutor if a subject isn't your strong suit.
Keep a transcript
Keep a transcript of your children’s academic accomplishments: the courses they've completed, test scores, and any scholastic honors, such as winning a local science competition. They'll probably need a transcript if they intend to go to college.