Homeschooling In Kentucky
Hi, my name is Marcy, and I homeschool in Kentucky! I have been married to Tom for almost 13 years. We have a wonderfully kinesthetic --think, moves all the time-- son, Ben, who is 8-years-old. Along with homeschooling, I work from home as a telephone triage nurse. My passions include historical fiction, children, and sweet tea!
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Legal disclaimer: This section is one family's story and how they meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Kentucky. 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 Kentucky
Kentucky is a wonderful state for homeschooling. There are many homeschoolers, which has resulted in incredible opportunities for enrichment. From co-ops to field trips to homeschool sports, Yahoo groups and clubs, we have it all here in Kentucky. We also have a lot of resources, both locally and nationally, to help us. I have many favorite resources for homeschooling. I'm always keeping our budget in mind, so I'm constantly on the lookout for free and cheap quality resources. Here are a few of my favorite resource links:
How We Homeschool
I homeschool one child. He's currently in the second grade and VERY active, easily distracted, and has difficulty focusing. So the key to successful homeschooling in our house is fun, hands-on, short lessons. We generally begin school at 9:30 a.m. after morning chores are completed, and we are usually finished by 2:30 p.m. I use Sue Patrick's Workbox System to keep us organized and on schedule. Since I'm easily distracted and unorganized myself, this system has revolutionized our homeschooling. Some programs that we use include:
We use Time4Learning math and language arts as well to supplement or solidify learning, or for days when I need my son to work more independently.
I have to say we use our library system A LOT as well. It's not unusual for us to have 50-60 books checked out most of the time. We love learning that is literature-based.
My children's favorite part of the day is their time on Time4Learning. This is the easiest and most consistently productive program we've used!
My kids can work independently or with my involvement. Time4Learning has enriched their education and simplified my life!
How to Meet Homeschooling Requirements in Kentucky
In Kentucky, homeschools are classified as "private schools," which makes the basic legal requirements simple. Each year, you must notify the superintendent of pupil personnel in your county of your intent to homeschool. You are required to keep a record of 175 instructional days, along with scholarship reports.
Subjects taught should include, but are not limited to: reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, mathematics, and civics. There are no educational requirements for parents who homeschool. Student compulsory age is 6 years old. I simply check-mark the days we homeschool on my planner, which also serves as my record of what I'm teaching.
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 Kentucky, head over to the Kentucky 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 the number of lessons that are included for each grade and subject. All students have access to at least 2 (and in most cases 3) grade levels of curriculum for each subject, so they can move ahead or review at their own pace.
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.
The Lesson Activity Finder - One of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child. You can visit our hints and help section for more information about the activity finder.
Lesson Planning Worksheet - Wondering how many lessons to have your child do each day? Estimate the number of activities per day using this easy to use, printable worksheet.
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.
Sign up for Time4Learning and gain access to a variety of educational materials, which will engage and challenge your child to succeed. Make Time4Learning a part of your children's homeschool resources.