If you have chosen to homeschool in Kentucky, 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 Bluegrass 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 Kentucky, 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 Kentucky by Ann Zeise
- Homeschool World Kentucky 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 Kentucky. 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 Kentucky
Kentucky is a wonderful state for homeschooling. There are many homeschoolers, which has resulted in incredible opportunities for enrichment. From co-ops to field trips to homeschool sports, Yahoo groups and clubs, Kentucky has it all. There are a lot of resources, both locally and nationally, to help homeschooling families. We’ve heard that these are a few favorite resources available in Kentucky:
- Home for His Glory is a Christian ministry to homeschoolers in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area offering co-ops, field trips, support group meetings, playdates, graduations for kindergarten, fifth, and 12th graders, and many other opportunities. It’s where many things happen in the Christian homeschool community.
- Christian Home Educators of Kentucky is the Christian state organization for Kentucky. They sponsor the only homeschool conference in the state.
- Bluegrass Homeschool Learning Cooperative is a secular group in the Lexington area providing co-op and field trip opportunities to all homeschoolers.
- A listing of field trip opportunities all over the state of Kentucky can be found here.
A Typical Homeschool Day
Say you homeschool one child. Perhaps he’s currently in the second grade and VERY active, and easily distracted. You may find that the key to successful homeschooling in your house is short, hands-on lessons. You might generally begin school at 9:30 a.m. after morning chores are completed, and you could probably be finished by 2:30 p.m. You may like to use Time4Learning math and language arts to supplement or solidify learning, or for days when you need your son to work more independently. As with most homeschoolers, you probably utilize your library system a lot as well. We’ve noticed it’s not unusual for homeschooling families to have 50-60 books checked out most of the time. We love learning that is literature-based!
My children’s favorite part of the day is their time on Time4Learning. This is the easiest and most consistently productive curriculum we’ve used!
My kids can work independently or with my involvement. Time4Learning has enriched their education and simplified my life!
How to Meet Homeschooling Requirements in Kentucky
In Kentucky, homeschools are classified as “private schools,” which makes the basic legal requirements simple. Each year, you must notify the superintendent of pupil personnel in your county of your intent to homeschool. You are required to keep a record of 175 instructional days, along with scholarship reports.
Subjects taught should include, but are not limited to: reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, mathematics, and civics. There are no educational requirements for parents who homeschool. Student compulsory age is 6 years old. I simply check-mark the days we homeschool on my planner, which also serves as my record of what I’m teaching.
Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
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 Kentucky, head over to the Kentucky Parents 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.