The very next step in organizing your family’s homeschool adventure: Knowing your state’s guidelines for home education.
While it would be great to think we can do whatever we like in our own homes, that is unfortunately not true. Each of the fifty United States and its territories have specific guidelines for homeschooling.
I would love to sit here and explain the laws of each individual state. However, that would take far too long and, frankly, I’m just not that knowledgeable. So, where do you start your research? The easiest spot possible, HSLDA.
Why do all that extensive research and spend excess amounts of time trying to gather information on your own when someone has done all the work for you? HSDLA will make the job that much easier and answer all your questions in one shot.
Knowing the laws of your state is a must. Not only will it give you peace of mind regarding legal matters, but it will help you to better organize your homeschooling routine, classes, and paperwork.
California, where we are located, is thankfully not intrusive in their requirements. We have an affidavit which needs to be completed by a certain date, classes need to be taught in English, several areas of study need to be offered, and we need to keep attendance. (It is interesting to note that we are supposed to keep attendance, but there are no required days of attendance. I used to think we had to school 180 days… nope!)
It would be nice to think that every state is equally non-intrusive, but that is not true. Before taking another step forward, you will
need to know exactly what is expected of those who homeschool so you can meet the guidelines. Paperwork, days of attendance, required courses, and more need to be established before actually putting in a routine or picking curriculum.
It should also be noted that each state has a different compulsory age of attendance. California, for example, requires education for ages 6-18 (depending on which month you were born). So, kindergarten is not a requirement! I taught my children from preschool up, but why file if I don’t have to?
Something to consider while you’re perusing HSLDA; sign up to be a member! Being a member has a multitude of benefits and handling your legal needs is only the beginning.
Knowledge is power. Know what is required of your homeschooling and be prepared for what lies ahead.
Veteran Parents: How does your state add up? Are your state laws intrusive?
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” – Romans 13:1