As already advised, you need to learn YOUR states requirements as each state is different. The website for Homeschool Legal Defense in a good one. Also do contact local homeschool groups to get the support that will be so beneficial to you as you begin.
Don't get overwhelmed by the vast amount of materials out there. Choose something simple to begin. Simple does not need to be expensive. Again what you choose may be somewhat dependent on your state requirements and how much you need to do to fulfill them.
You start by contacting the school the child would be attending if going to public school. They will give you the resources and materials and information you need, AND, they will do the testing. hehe The schools really hate this because they lose money from the state when your child is not there! TUFF!
If you need further assistance, email me. I am in California, so maybe the rules are different where you live.
A Becka has a good program. You don't have to have a teaching certificate, but you will need discipline to keep at it when life says... "go here, do this, don't worry about it now..."
It works well to have a group of homeschoolers to go places with and do some classes as a group, such as music and trips to educational places like museums and so on.
Some Christian schools use the same materials that homeschoolers could use. It may be worth your time and effort to check on those.
First of all, do NOT ask your child's school for information on homeschooling requirements. Many schools are completely unfamiliar with the law, give outdated information, or try to get you to follow regulations that THEY think you should follow.
The best place to start is to find homeschooling groups in your area. They will have the information you need, and the homeschoolers there will be glad to help you out. If you want an overview of the requirements for your state, you can go to http://www.hslda.org. Click on "In Your State" on the sidebar, then "State Laws" on the next sidebar, then click on your state on the map.
This will depend on the state you live in. I live in Indiana. There are no tests, no certain subjects you have to cover. You don't have to keep records of grades or days to did work. Indiana is home school friendly. There are families that trade days. One parent will teach on subject per day for x amount of time, and another will teach another subject another day. There are families that do daily living schooling. It teaches the kids to read and do math by going to the store with a parent and helping prepare meals. When I tried it with my son, I purchased all kinds of pc games. He learned more from those than he ever did while sitting in a class, simply because he was interacting with the game.
As others have mentioned, the requirements depend on where you live. Visit http://www.hslda.org and click on Homeschooling (in the blue bar near the top of the page), then choose Homeschool Laws. Click on your state and read the summary and the legal analysis; that will give you the requirements for your state.
I also just found this website, also operated by HSLDA, that might help: http://www.youcanhomeschool.org/starther...
It's covered by your local state school board.
Some require you to register as a school. Most don't care about testing or courses since the state will generally not be issuing a Diploma unless they have such a program for that and they will tell you what is required to get into that program.
I actually wouldn't contact the school. Unless they are a progressive school that supports alternative learning, you will get no where with them. Go to the hslda website and search for the laws in your state. It will expain what your state requires for hsing your children.
Well, not to beat a dead horse, but others have said it succinctly, every state has different laws. Look at
http://www.hslda.org for information specific to your state. Also, for getting started, look at
http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/getsta... It is from Oklahoma, but very well lays out the steps for getting started with homeschooling. Also see if your state dept of ed has their curriculum guides online, that was very helpful to me with deciding what to cover.
With a child of this age, instead of looking at what to teach, I'd look more at what he needs to learn. How is he on reading? Does he need to work on math? What does he enjoy learning about? The fundamentals are really more important at this age than anything else.
find homeschooling groups that are nearby, but mostly just test your child with a few 4th grade stuff or 3rd or 5th, see where your child is more comfortable, do this with all the subjects you plan on teaching your kid....good luck, and to answer your question there arent very many requirements if any at all..... ask the homeschool group
Each state is different. Look for a state-based or more local homeschooling support group. The basics will be at http://www.hslda.org but a support group will be able to tell you how it all works out in practice.
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