If you have chosen to homeschool in Iowa, 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 Hawkeye 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 Iowa, 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 Home School Mom’s Iowa support page
- Home Education in Iowa 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 Iowa. 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.
Favorite State and Local Resources
A favorite local resource is the Grant Wood AEA. They allow homeschoolers access to their teacher workstation where you can laminate, make die cuts, buttons, bind books and more. They also have a library of educational materials including books, DVDs, VHS, games and a subscription to Discovery Education streaming. You can find your local AEA at http://www.iowaaea.org/
Other favorite resources often include local homeschool support groups. These groups often offer a Mother’s Night Out once a month, a field trip (planned by a different mother each month) and swimming afternoons. Groups may even meet twice a month for various activities planned by a teacher. Twice a year, there may be family picnics.
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 in Iowa
Though the laws in Iowa are not the most lenient in the country, homeschooling families often still feel like they have a lot of freedom and support. The laws aren’t the best, but many homeschoolers find they can work with them. In Iowa, all homeschoolers must submit a form reporting that their child will be receiving education outside of a public or accredited private school. In addition, all homeschooled children ages 7-15 have a few requirements they must comply with.
To homeschool in Iowa, the first thing you need to do is fill out a CPI (Certified Private Instruction) form and have it turned into your local school district each school year. On the CPI, you have a choice of dual enrolling or not. Dual enrolling gives your child the opportunity to participate in school classes or activities. You may also need to chooseto do one of the following:
- Join a HSAP and then the HSAP teacher will help keep you on track for meeting the requirements.
- Have a supervising teacher.
- Keep a portfolio and have a certified teacher evaluate it and turn a report into your school district.
- Take an acceptable standardized test, such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
For more info, be sure to check out the official Iowa Homeschooling information page from the Department of Education.
I couldn't believe that my child was able to take charge and do the program alone! The software is so user friendly and I really do love it!
In this lesson, students are prompted to answer questions about details of the story.
What A Homeschool Day Looks Like
It is often hard for homeschooling moms to juggle all their younger children at once, so we’ve heard it helps when some of them can do a few lessons on the computer with Time4Learning. Some days may involve tackling all the schoolwork in the morning and then going to the library or doing unit studies in the afternoon, while other days may be slower and involve just a few lessons and then some outdoor play to stimulate their minds. On busy days, moms often find it helpful to help their children through their Time4Learning studies, and then call it good. At least that way, they know school wasn’t completely abandoned for the day.
I LOVE Time4Learning! It holds the attention of my kids, plus I can keep track of their learning without hovering over their shoulders.
I am really pleased with Time4Learning. It has made a world of difference in my son's academic performance in school!
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 Iowa, head over to the Iowa 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.