If you have chosen to homeschool in California, 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 Golden 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 California, 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:
- California Homeschool Network
- Homeschool World’s California Page
- High School Homeschooling Laws by State
Legal disclaimer: This page provides suggestions and information on how to meet the mandatory school attendance laws in California. 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.
Making Connections in California
According to homeschooling authorities, homeschoolers in California have four basic options for teaching their children at home:
- File an affidavit to function as a private school.
- Enroll in a private school satellite homeschool program.
- Have home instruction provided by a certified tutor.
- Enroll in an independent study program at home using homeschool curricula.
Many homeschooling families find it nice to have choices in the best way to homeschool their children. Because of the different options for homeschooling in California, it is easy to find some way that fits their family best.
A Typical Homeschooling Day
There may be some of you new to homeschooling, or considering it, that may wonder what a homeschool day consists of. Of course, this varies widely among different families, but here is an example of how a typical day may unfold. Say you have three children who are usually up by 8:00 a.m. They then do a few chores around the house while breakfast is prepared. You could begin your homeschool curriculum by 9:00. If you have a few students in closely aligned grade levels, it’s easy to incorporate a few of the subjects with both grades and then work together as a group. When it’s necessary to split up, you can work with one grade while the other works on their Time4Learning curriculum on the computer, and then rotate stations later.
Many children enjoy their Time4Learning experiences and may often find that they learn a new concept daily! Some of your younger students may finish all their curriculum by noon and your older children could possibly finish up by 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. Depending on the day, you may cover more subjects or more of the arts. Reviewing spelling in the evening and making time for more reading before bedtime is a great way to break up the subjects throughout the day. So, there you have a typical homeschool day. This may or may not work for you. It is important to find your own groove for your family, but most importantly, to have fun!
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.
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 California, head over to the California 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.