If you have chosen to homeschool in Delaware, you may need information, resources, and curriculum that will help you get started. This page aims to help guide you through the process of homeschooling in the First 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 Delaware, 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 Delaware support page
- Homeschool Legal Requirements 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 Delaware. 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.
Getting Involved Locally
A large homeschool group available in central Delaware is SHERD. It is not as physically active as it was in 2002; they used to have monthly luncheons and weekly park days, but it is still a great place to share information. A list that seems to have knowledgeable parents is the Yahoo group: DEHS families. There is also a state homeschooling organization (Delaware Home Education Association).
Typical Homeschooling in Delaware
We have noticed that many homeschooling parents, especially moms, love to learn and spend any free time they have reading a book, learning a skill, or taking a class. Several homeschooling moms recently are drawn to technology, dabbling in website development and computer programming, with a love for gadgets. And with good reason – technology certainly comes in handy for homeschool!
Each homeschooling story and experience are unique, but lets say your oldest three children began their school career in public school. You may have eventually brought them home after it became clear that the schools were not meeting their needs. Perhaps your third child just finished her first year of college after graduating from your homeschool. This year, you might have a fifth grader, a third grader, and a brand new preschooler. You may often find it helpful to have your elementary aged children study through Time4Learning.
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.
Support and Requirements for Homeschooling in Delaware
Delaware is a great state to homeschool! They have minimal legal requirements and lots of support. Homeschooling is quite accepted here, with many people aware of someone close to them who homeschools or has homeschooled. Homeschoolers also have many educational opportunities, from nature classes at the state parks to homeschool days at the roller rinks and bowling alleys.
In Delaware, homeschooling families can register with an umbrella school, or as an independent homeschool family — technically a non-public school. To register your homeschool independently, you contact the Department of Education and request a non-public school registration form. Each year, you are required to complete and submit the registration form in the fall, and a form verifying attendance in the summer. If you choose to register with an umbrella school, the school would handle this contact with the Board of Education and you would submit whatever records that school requires. A third option is to work with a school district’s superintendent, but very few families actually do this.
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 Delaware, head over to the Delaware 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.