The thought of homeschooling can be scary for moms who weren’t homeschooled themselves and have never homeschooled before. We (at Hip Homeschool Moms) have been hearing a lot lately from moms who are considering homeschooling but don’t quite know where to start. Some of them are fed up with public school. Some have children with learning disabilities or other issues, and their children’s needs aren’t being met. Some want to homeschool for religious reasons. Whatever your reason for considering homeschooling, we want to share a series of posts with you to help you make an informed decision. This series will cover everything from choosing curriculum to socialization to how to help a child with learning disabilities or behavior issues.
One of the first things you need to do if you want to homeschool (or might want to) is check the current homeschooling laws in your state. This is easy to do! You can simply go to this link to see a clickable map of the states in the U.S. Choose your state, click on it, and it will take you to links with specific information about the homeschool-related laws in your particular state.
Or if you’d rather, you can call HSLDA and ask to speak to a representative who is familiar with the homeschool-related laws in your state. HSLDA members are able to get much more information than non-members, but even non-members can get basic information at no charge.
The truth is that most states don’t have extremely stringent homeschooling laws, so don’t worry! And if you happen to live in a state that has moderate to stringent laws, you will find that most homeschooling moms in your state will be happy to help you understand how to fulfill your state’s requirements. (I’ll cover how to find a homeschool support group in your area in another post.) You can also find help on the Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook page. (We would love to have you visit us there and “like” our page!) I do encourage you to check the laws with HSLDA first, though, before seeking help from other moms. You want to be sure you have an accurate understanding of the laws in your state first.
NOTE: I personally encourage all homeschooling families (should you decide to homeschool) to become HSLDA members. This organization monitors homeschool-related laws, makes sure the member families are kept updated about what’s going on that we might need to know about, and lets us know to make phone calls or send emails any time our homeschool-related rights are jeopardized. They also provide free legal representation for any member family whose rights to homeschool are being violated or put in danger. (Hip Homeschool Moms is not affiliated with HSLDA in any way. I just honestly personally think very highly of them and what they do on a daily basis for homeschoolers.)
I hope the first post in this series has been helpful to you! I plan to post once a week on topics of interest to families who are considering homeschooling, and I would love your input!
What topics would you most like to see covered in this “How to Start Homeschooling” series?