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Homeschooling in Montana
Montana is a state that may be low in population, but is high in independence. Montana residents are free-spirited, eccentric and untamed. It is no surprise then that homeschooling is not something out of the ordinary in the Treasure State. If you are homeschooling or thinking of homeschooling in Montana, this page is designed to help you better understand the requirements and find the resources and support you need.
To find out more about the legal requirements for homeschooling in Montana, articles, and state-specific resources, you can also visit one of these sites:
Legal disclaimer: This section is one family's story and how they meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Montana. 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.
Finding Support in Montana
One of the biggest challenges of homeschooling in Montana is the spread of the population. Many homes are located quite remotely making it difficult to schedule and participate in homeschooling group activities. This doesn't mean that there are no sources of support. Montana has a state homeschooling association,the Montana Coalition of Home Educators, and several online message boards, email groups, and forums for sharing advice and information.
The following are some of the popular sources of online support and information:
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Anyone Can Homeschool in Montana
Montana has very few legal loopholes to jump through in order to homeschool in the state. There are no requirements as to who can homeschool, or what curriculum they must use, and there are no required standardized tests. The only requirements requested of Montana homeschoolers are the following:
Parents and families will interpret these guidelines in varying ways and may differ widely in their understanding of how to fulfill each of their requirements.
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Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
Montana homeschool law includes the freedom for families to pick and choose their own curriculum based on what works best for their child. However, families new to homeschooling quickly discover a dizzying array of choices when it comes to selecting homeschool curriculum. There is no more popular discussion among homeschoolers on the web than the pros and cons of various homeschool curriculum. After sifting through the homeschool curriculum reviews, most parents end up mixing and matching homeschool programs, trying to create the best match for their child.
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.
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If you have any more questions or comments about homeschooling in Montana, head over to the Montana 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.