If you have chosen to homeschool in the military, 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 military. Take a few minutes to read through it, and feel free to share this page with other new homeschoolers in your state.
Legal disclaimer: This page provides suggestions and information on how to meet the mandatory school attendance laws while enrolled in the military. 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.
Being a Military Homeschooler
As with all things pertaining to the military, there is a publication on homeschooling. Thankfully, the military recognizes and supports the importance of homeschooling for military families. The DoDEA can answer additional questions and concerns about homeschooling, as well as help you find particular laws within your state or host country.
Favorite Homeschooling Resources
Time4Learning is by far a favorite homeschooling resource. Some families use all of the subjects, such as math, language arts, science and social studies, while others use one or two subjects and supplement with books.
The world and the surroundings of military homeschoolers are also another top favorite homeschooling resource. Families enjoy hands-on learning together and tend to pick out different areas to study together. Many times these hands on activities coincide with a lesson or theme from Time4Learning.
National Military Family Association is a resource exclusively for military families. This is a free yet invaluable resource for military homeschooling families because of the unique situations our children are placed in with transfers and deployments.
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 in the Military
You may be considered an eclectic homeschooling family if you pick and choose from a variety of beliefs and resources to put into your homeschooling program. You may decide not to “school at home,” therefore you may not have a formal classroom. This also may mean that you don’t follow the traditional nine month school year. It might work well for your family to study at the desk, at the kitchen table, on the couch, in the car or train, or wherever it is convenient for you! Even with your eclectic view, you may however, believe that the learning of core subjects needs to be done in a systematic way by using scope and sequence. For that reason, you might like using Time4Learning as a foundation by following through each grade level for every subject.
Each morning the kids take a few hours to complete their daily Time4Learning lessons. You then supplement with free writing notebooks, reading books, online research, hands on activities, extracurricular activities or classes, field trips and creative projects. Each of your children may even have their own assignment binder that holds a daily schedule of assignments plus worksheets for the chapters that they are working on. You might find that following the lesson plan within Time4Learning helps your kids stay on task and ensures that no assignment or quiz is missed.
Using Time4Learning can help you make your homeschool journey both academically complete and fun for everyone!
With Time4Learning, math lessons are taught by engaging characters in colorful, fun activities.
Here at Frank’s Fraction Pizzeria, 3rd graders learn about “parts of whole” from Frank and his employees.
Time4Learning 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 program 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, multimedia 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 the each lesson. Quizzes and tests are graded by the computer, saving valuable time and effort for parents who would be happier concentrating on other areas.
- 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, satisfaction guaranteed! Sign up for Time4Learning as part of your overall homeschool program.
If you have any more questions or comments about homeschooling in the military, head over to the Military 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.