Transitioning to Homeschooling Mid-year
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If you’re thinking about withdrawing your child from school and making the switch to homeschooling, you probably have a lot of questions. Transitioning to homeschool mid-year doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions below to help you get started.
You can also download a free copy of our Welcome to Homeschooling Guide to help you make the transition to homeschooling as smooth as possible.
- Can I start homeschooling mid-year? Yes! You can start homeschooling anytime, whether it’s the beginning of the school year, middle, or even over the summer.
- Is January a good time to start homeschooling? Yes! Most students are typically on ‘winter break’ around this time, making January an ideal time to begin homeschooling since they are usually starting a new semester.
- Where do I begin? First, research your state’s homeschooling laws and requirements to ensure you know what is needed of you and your student. You may have to submit a Notice of Intent to your superintendent and/or officially withdraw your child from school.
- How do I know which curriculum is right for my child? It’s important to understand how your child learns best and what motivates them. Finding a comprehensive homeschool curriculum that is both fun and engaging is usually a good start. Don’t commit to any long-term contracts without knowing if the program is right for your child. Many companies offer money-back guarantees, free trials and/or lesson demos.
- How do I keep track of my child’s work and grades? Whether you plan on homeschooling for one semester or several years, It’s important to monitor your child’s progress as you homeschool. Many homeschool programs take care of this for you with an automated system that grades and provides reports to help you keep track of your child’s work.
- What is Deschooling? Deschooling is the adjustment period when transitioning from the classroom to homeschooling. The goal of this phase is to rethink what learning looks like. Many families also use this time to observe and discover how their child learns, which can help enhance the homeschooling experience going forward.
- Do I need to keep up with what the schools are doing? No; once you begin homeschooling, you’re on your schedule. If your state requires you to teach certain subjects, it’s up to you how you teach them and what curriculum you use.
- Can I put my kids back into school? Yes; keep in mind that each school has different requirements and may ask for your child’s records and/or administer a placement test.
- How do I keep my child socialized? Socialization isn’t an issue with homeschoolers like it used to be many years ago. Nowadays, there are tons of homeschool groups and co-ops all throughout the country that provide fun activities, classes, and group activities for homeschooling families.
Our comprehensive Welcome to Homeschooling Guide goes into more detail on these questions and so many more. Plus, we’ll walk you through the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition.