If you have chosen to homeschool in Arizona, you may need information, resources, and a curriculum that will help you get started. This page aims to help guide you through the process of homeschooling in the Grand Canyon state. Take a few minutes to read through it, and feel free to share this page with other new homeschoolers in your state.
To find out more about the legal requirements for homeschooling in Arizona, Time4Learning recommends that you visit your state’s Department of Education website. Each state in the U.S. has different requirements for homeschooling families, and these requirements can frequently change, so we suggest doing thorough research to make sure that you are complying with your individual state regulations. You can also visit one of these sites:
- The Homeschool Mom’s Arizona support page
- Home Education in Arizona by Ann Zeise
- High School Homeschooling Laws by State
Legal disclaimer: This page provides suggestions and information on how to meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Arizona. 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.
Arizona is a Great State for Homeschooling
While there are several states throughout the nation with fantastic freedoms and laws regarding homeschooling, Arizona is among the best. The state provides many rights, freedoms, and responsibilities without the interference of government control in homeschooling studies.
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A Typical Arizona Homeschool Family
Many families use Time4Learning as their core curriculum. Several parents have also supplemented Time4Learning with Bible studies, spelling programs, and the arts. As a typical Arizona homeschooling family, you might study five days per week, with one day in which you are out in the community complementing your current studies. You may check your students’ progress daily and then design lessons based on what they are currently learning through Time4Learning and with what they are having difficulty. You may even do school year round, with time-off for family vacations, illnesses, or unexpected circumstances.
An average homeschooling day may resemble this schedule, Mon-Thurs.
- Bible study (30 min)
- Time4Learning (LA, LA ext, Math, then Science OR Social Studies) (45-60 min)
- Piano Practice (10 min)
- Spelling Lesson (30 min)
- Spanish Lesson (10 min)
- Reading Aloud / Writing Prompt (10 min)
- Play Time / Community Outing
- Evening Activity
On Fridays, it may work well for your children complete all their extracurricular activities in a co-op setting (P.E., visual arts, music, computer, communication, Spanish, etc). You might even go on at least two field trips per month; examples being the zoo, botanical gardens, state capitol, western town, etc., depending on what you are studying. This combines great family time with learning!
Preferred Resources for Homeschooling in AZ
Both new and veteran homeschoolers can benefit from the wealth of Arizona homeschool resources available.
At the state level, a favorite resource is the AZ State Homeschooling Convention and Curriculum Fair. It has everything you can imagine from resources, support, and other homeschoolers! Many homeschoolers highly recommend this for any new or veteran homeschooler. Another great resource on the state level is: AFHE (Arizona Families for Home Education). By joining the state homeschool organization, parents will be kept abreast of legislative issues that may affect homeschoolers in Arizona as well as other helpful information in the bi-monthly journal and periodic e-mail updates sent to AFHE members.
On the local level, we recommend joining a support group in your community. Parents can certainly participate in more than one community homeschooling groups, but keep in mind the resources for groups in each town. This has by far been the greatest support in most homeschoolers’ journeys! When homeschooling families are discouraged, support group are there to encourage and help! Motivation from these groups can come many forms – from online forums, email groups, mom’s night outs, Facebook events, etc.
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Homeschooling with Time4Learning
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 curriculum 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 appeals to a wide range of learning styles. Our online learning materials are especially well-suited to children who are visual or kinesthetic learners. These children can take advantage of Time4Learning’s interactive, multi-media materials.
- Children like using the computer to learn. It’s a convenient, interactive homeschool resource that provides a welcome change each day to paper-and-pencil workbooks and textbook-based lessons.
- Parents like that it tracks progress and helps children advance by clearly presenting and reinforcing each lesson.
- Time4Learning’s self-paced, modularized lesson plans allow you to move forward and back through the materials whenever you want. You can skip lessons that teach concepts your child has already mastered and repeat those he or she has not. The choice is yours. With Time4Learning, you are always in control.
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 curriculum.
If you have any more questions or comments about homeschooling in Arizona, head over to the Arizona Parent 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.