If you have chosen to homeschool in Maryland, 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 Old Line 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 Maryland, 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 Maryland support page
- Home Education in Maryland 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 Maryland. 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 Resources in Maryland
Homeschoolers love their homeschool support groups, which often hold science fairs, history fairs, potluck dinners and more. Not only are these educational, but a great source for socialization as well.
Homeschool.com is a great resource for getting started in homeschooling. As usual with homeschoolers, many use our public libraries for different activities, whether it be research or chess class. Libraries in Maryland have been very supportive of homeschoolers.
There are a range of Maryland-specific homeschool groups. For example:
Homeschool Requirements in Maryland
The basic legal requirements in Maryland are that you need to first file your homeschool affidavit. After that, the state coordinator for your area will contact you to talk about portfolio requirements and to let you know what is next. You meet two to three times during the year just to let them take a look at what you have been doing. You need to touch on each required subject, but in your own way.
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!
A Typical Homeschool Day
Say your day usually begins at 9:00 a.m. You might start with a one-on-one conversation to help determine what kind of day it will be. After that, you complete whatever chores you have-making the beds, laundry, etc.-so that your day is clear. At that point, your schooling begins. You may choose to break down your schedule as follows:
- Math and reading everyday
- Science every other day
- English and geography every other day
Time4Learning may play a very important role in your daily schedule. Many homeschoolers use it on a daily basis for all of their subjects. It often gives moms a sense of confidence that they need to continue with their homeschooling. Time4Learning helps school days run smoothly.
After his first day using Time4Learning, my son looked over at me and said 'I'm really smart mom!' That statement is priceless!
Time4Learning started out as a supplement, but has now become more of a center piece to our homeschooling. I wasn't expecting that at all!
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 Maryland, head over to the Maryland 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.