If you have chosen to homeschool in Illinois, 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 Prairie 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 Illinois, 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:
- Home Education in Illinois by Ann Zeise
- Homeschool World Illinois 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 Illinois. 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.
How to Find Local Resources in Illinois
The local library is often the biggest help to homeschool moms in their homeschooling journeys. Many moms have met other homeschoolers there, each with armloads of books. It is often helpful for new homeschoolers to glean wisdom from experienced homeschoolers, such as day-to-day advice, and contact info for homeschool support groups.
Through homeschool groups, families are able to take the same field trips that kids in public schools do, such as museums, plays, musicals, the Planetarium, etc. You’d be surprised at how many classes or special consideration for homeschoolers there are. Two local skating rinks have homeschool-only skate times. The Gymquest offers homeschool classes as well. The Forest Preserve District is also another source of classes and field trips.
Ask around for what you’re interested in and you never know what could happen. People are eager to share their knowledge, especially with kids. If you go to the doctor’s office or a restaurant, tell them you homeschool and want to learn about what they do — more often than not, they will be very willing to show you around and teach you something new.
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Homeschooling in Illinois
Many who homeschool in Illinois enjoy pulling together to learn about all the great resources available. Several families find other homeschooling parents by accident and begin to build off each other. As a homeschooling parent, you can never have too many resources to help you properly educate your children!
In Illinois, you need to be sure to follow state guidelines to guarantee your child’s success. By following state guidelines, your child will benefit by keeping up with other kids in his or her community. If you have to place them back in public school, you can ensure they will be in the right grade level.
You also need to maintain accurate records of your child’s work and development so that you always have their grades and records ready. You could keep this information on disc for the duration of your homeschooling experience and then you would be able to submit it to the public school if you decide to stop homeschooling.
Successful Homeschooling Tips
Libraries can save homeschooling families a great deal of money. There are many free resources, learning books and fun activities available at local libraries. Another important key to successful homeschooling is good planning. Several parents have individual lesson plans for each child to keep themselves and their children focused.
With Time4Learning, math lessons are taught by engaging characters in colorful, fun activities.
First graders learn about “parts of a whole” from Sally and Pong in “The Art of Fractions” lesson.
A Typical Homeschool Day
Though homeschool schedules and styles vary, here is an example of what might be a typical homeschooling day. Say your day begins at 6:00 a.m. You might start with breaking down into reading groups. Your oldest son may read to his younger brother. While they are reading, you might do various reading exercises with your 12-year-olds, who are racing to finish first. Your 9 and 10-year-olds are working on their math problems during this time. At about 9:00 a.m., your 12-year-old daughter begins her Time4Learning studies. She loves the exercises and is motivated to do well because she wants to be a doctor. While she is on the computer, the other children work on their science projects. Yes-projects! Each child has different interests, so you let them create projects which teach a common theme and allow them to understand the concept for themselves. As the day progresses, each child takes turns using the computer for their Time4Learning studies. You may find that because Time4Learning is grade appropriate, it helps you make sure they are on track. Also, they rather enjoy working independently!
Many parents have stated that Time4Learning is the best tool they have at their disposal. Some homeschoolers have tried other avenues, but many have found Time4Learning to work best for them. Even the children greatly enjoy it! Families love that Time4Learning tracks the kids’ progress, which saves parents both a lot of headaches. It also provides resources for homeschoolers to print out as extra aids if the kids need it. Time4Learning provides lessons in math, science, language arts and social studies-all which meet the state requirements. Also included are lessons on health, geography and some art history. The lessons are informative and creative; many families love all the characters that teach the lessons.
Parents often supplement their Time4Learning studies with health and nutrition workbooks for health class. As for the fine arts, kids can also take art classes, such as often offered at local libraries. Students can also take knitting, pottery and ice skating classes. To teach character building skills, parents tend to enjoy volunteer work in the community.
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 Illinois, head over to the Illinois 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.