Homeschooling

 
 
Homeschooling in the U.S.
 
Links and information about all things homeschooling

Legalities – Styles – Curriculum – Concerns – High Schoolers – Virginia – Resources
Proof of Progress (Evaluations)

 

Legalities

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Please check the laws in your state to make sure you are following the most current laws.
 

a2zHomeschool – This list has links to the actual state laws which makes it good for a quick search. They also have a great resource page on other homeschool legalities.

ProPublica – ProPublica has a state-by-state breakdown of notification, parent education minimums, criminal bans, state-mandated subjects, and requirements for assessment and vaccination.

FindLaw Education – FindLaw has a state-by-state summary of regulations. This is a great overview of what your state requires.

 
There are as many different ways to homeschool as there are people. At least it seems that way.
 

The Homeschool Style Quiz – This quiz is hosted on Homeschool On… I like it because the questions are relatable to most people. I ended up with an almost even split between Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Studies.

Homeschool Philosophies Quiz – This quiz by Eclectic Homeschooling is a bit more in-depth and covers a wider variety of homeschool types. Be forewarned, when I first took it, I had no idea what some of the questions referred to. But my results were pretty accurate and I learned about the Thomas Jefferson method. They explain all of the philosophies as well.

Homeschool Method Guide – Pam Barnhill has a very nice write-up of the most popular types along with pros, cons, and links. Read the comments for even more info.

Quick Tips: Try before you buy. Know your child. Be ready to change to something totally different. Having a curriculum is not required (in most states).
 

The Best Curriculum – In her Homeschooling 101 series, The Homeschool Mom talks about how to choose the best curriculum for your child.

Cathy Duffy Reviews – The most referred to reviews for homeschool curricula. There is also a book with the top 102 picks.

Homeschool Classifieds – Once you have an idea of what you like, check out homeschool classifieds to see if they have what you’re looking for at a good price. The Homeschool Mom has an extensive list of other good places to purchase used curriculum.

Homeschool Buyers Co-op – This site leverages the power of the group to get some fantastic curriculum discounts. They also have their own online planner, homeschool ID cards, and more!