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Homeschooling in Kansas
Hi, my name is Tracie, and I homeschool in Kansas! I have been homeschooling on and off for six years. This year my family has decided to remain a homeschooling family. We have tried public and private schools at various times and find that homeschooling works for us. I have three boys: ages 7, 9, and 13.
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Legal disclaimer: This section is one family's story and how they meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Kansas. It is not intended and should not be used as definitive legal advice. In most states, parents find a variety of legal methods to pursue the educational approach that they prefer for their child.
Resources for Homeschooling in Kansas
In my opinion, the best place to seek homeschooling advice is from people that are like-minded -- people that hold the same values. You want to find people that think along your lines. For instance, I know that a strict and structured curriculum does not work with my children. I know not to seek out advice from people that teach this way. Use your own judgment. Be open.
I Feel Kansas is the Best State to Homeschool
From what I have heard about other states, Kansas is the best state to homeschool in! I have known of people who have moved here just to homeschool. People from Massachusetts, California, and Missouri have come to Kansas for the ease of homeschooling. State testing is not required unless you sign-up with a virtual school or other publicly funded school. You are not looked upon as a "homeschool" but rather a "non-accredited private school." There are also no reviews or committees to look over the child's progress. I think that, hands down, this is the best homeschooling state. Just to be on the safe side though, I do save samples of my children's work.
Time4Learning is vibrant, engaging, educational, and funny. It sure beats our previous homeschool curriculum which was textbook/workbook based.
Time4Learning is so effective that very little intervention is required. This works great if you're homeschooling multiple children.
How We Meet Homeschooling Laws in Kansas
Here in Kansas, you are required to complete 1,116 hours of instruction time in one school year. This is very easy to do. You are also required to keep record of what is completed and how. When you think about how many academic hours your child gets in those 1,116 hours, you realize pretty quickly that many of those precious hours are spent waiting in line, waiting for kids to quiet down, lunch, recess, and sometimes TV watching and not actually learning anything useful.
Here at home, those 1,116 hours are reached by doing a variety of "classes." The children complete their Time4Learning block and then move on into extra math time, reading, writing, and handwriting. They spend a half hour with their foreign language program and then we spend the rest of the day filling in those extra hours. The children have "nature class" outdoors, "cooking class" baking a treat or making their own lunch and "life skills 101" where they learn to separate laundry, clean the little box, or feed the chickens. Twice a week we have "P.E class" at the local gym to play racquetball and swim. We are creative in the ways we think up a new "class" to fulfill the requirements the law has set forth.
The Advantages of Homeschooling
In the morning, as the school bus rolls by, my children sleepily awaken from their slumber on their own. They eat breakfast, get dressed, and do some chores before beginning their day of school. After all the animals are fed, the dishes are complete, and a new load of dirty laundry is swishing around in the washer, we all settle into doing something. Since they all cannot be online at once, they take turns. One does T4L, while another does handwriting, MathUSee, or reads a book. Another might be busy in "construction and physics class" with Lincoln Logs and Legos. It takes about three hours for everybody to get through their day. They have no homework and they have plenty of outdoor/recess/nature class time. When their peers get off the bus weary from lack of sleep, overstimulated, and shoved back indoors to do homework, my children are perky, alert, and busy creating with their imagination!
This software is very comprehensive and can be used as an entire curriculum or to supplement what you already use.
As part of fourth grade language arts, students are asked to identify the suffix of a word.
Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
Time4Learning's experience shows that there is no single, best homeschool material. Rather than feeling torn between homeschool resources, parents should select a diverse blend of materials and activities.
For families with more than one child, choosing a homeschool program can be more problematic. What works for one child may not work for another. What works for one subject may not work on the next. What works one year, may fall flat the very next year.
Some of the features that make Time4Learning so successful include:
Time4Learning is proven effective with homeschoolers, has a low monthly price, is easy-to-use, and provides a money-back guarantee so you can make sure that it works for your children!
Sign up for Time4Learning as part of your overall homeschool program.
If you have any more questions or comments about homeschooling in Kansas, head over to the Kansas Parents Forum.
Some Helpful Tools and Resources
Welcome to Homeschooling Guide - Are you new to homeschooling? This guide was written by seasoned homeschoolers to answer some of the difficult questions new families often struggle with.
Curriculum Lesson Plans - An overview of what's available for each grade and subject.
Homeschool Portfolio Information - Answers common questions about homeschool portfolios and evaluations. It includes tips on organization methods, what to include and how Time4Learning can be used as part of your homeschool portfolio.
Online Parent's Forum - Reach out to homeschoolers in your area, join discussions, ask questions and trade ideas on our online community of homeschooling parents. Having the support of seasoned homeschoolers can really help make your homeschooling journey a success.
Hints & Help Section - Whether you're new to Time4Learning, a long term member, or a future member with questions about how the program works, this section answers questions about navigation, lesson planning & previewing, how the teacher guides and worksheets work, and more!
Puffin Academy App - Learn how to use Time4Learning on most mobile devices with the Puffin Academy app for iOS and Android! Get details on this kid-friendly app, including how to download and use it on the go with Time4Learning.