If you have chosen to homeschool in Idaho, 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 Gem 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 Idaho, 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 Idaho support page
- Home Education in Idaho by Ann Zeise
- Homeschool World Idaho support groups
- High School Homeschooling Laws by State
Legal disclaimer: This page provides suggestions and information on how to meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Idaho. 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 Idaho
There are Yahoo groups for Idaho homeschoolers and, for public-school-at-home types, there is Idaho Virtual Academy, Idaho Distance Education Academy or Inspire Connections Academy. They all have their pros and cons depending on what you are looking for.
Idaho Is a Great Place to Homeschool
Some homeschoolers enjoy dual enrolling their children in the public schools so their children can take electives such as music and Physical Education. School districts are usually very happy to work with homeschooling families. Homeschoolers can also belong to IDEA (Idaho Distance Education Academy), which is a charter program. Many families have had a great experience with it as well.
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.
A Homeschool Day
Though families’ homeschool days differ, we’d like to give an example of what a “typical” homeschool day might look like. Say you usually have slower mornings; the kids will read or play quietly while you do a few chores and until you all fully “wake up.” By 10:00 a.m., you might gather and do group work. This could be research or a project based around the given subject. You probably end up with some great discussions and a lot of laughs! At noon, you’ll break for lunch and free playtime. Between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m., depending on how long lunch took, the kids will work on individual work like handwriting skills, math, or writing a paper. You will probably help each child as needed during this time. Everyone will work until 3:00 or 4:00 p.m., depending on when you started. You might do this Monday-Thursday and reserve Fridays for field trips or getting together with your homeschool friends. On Tuesdays and Thursday you could probably take a homeschool P.E. class at the YMCA for an hour.
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 Idaho, head over to the Idaho 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.