How do I start homeschooling in Alabama? It’s a question that thousands of AL parents ask every year. Whether you are wanting to create a customized educational program for your child, are dealing with problems at your current school, are worried about your child’s safety, or any of the other dozens of reasons to homeschool, you aren’t alone. Home school programs in Alabama grow increasingly popular as families recognize that there is no better ratio for education than the one-to-one instruction of homeschooling.
Time4Learning has collected a wealth of information for you on how to homeschool in Alabama, where to go for state and local support, what to look for in a curriculum, and even how to enhance your learning with field trips throughout the state. It’s time to prepare for a successful homeschool adventure!
- How to Start Homeschooling in Alabama
- Alabama Homeschooling Laws
- Alabama Cover Schools
- Alabama Homeschool Associations
- Alabama Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
- Homeschool Field Trips in Alabama
- Alabama Standardized Testing and Test Prep
- Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Alabama
- How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12 in Alabama
Legal disclaimer: This page provides suggestions and information on how to meet the mandatory school attendance laws in Alabama. 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.
How to Start Homeschooling in Alabama
If you get a twitch just thinking about how to enroll a child in homeschool in AL, you can take a deep breath and let those muscles relax. There are a couple important decisions you’ll need to make about your homeschool plan right up front. After that, you can simply focus on making sure your homeschool experience is as enjoyable and educational as possible. Here are the steps to homeschooling in Alabama:
- Research the three different ways that families can legally homeschool in Alabama.
- Choose which of those methods will work best for your family and follow the guidelines for getting started with your choice.
- Withdraw from any school you are currently enrolled in (if applicable).
- Choose your curriculum.
- Start enjoying learning together!
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Alabama Homeschooling Laws
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. As we mentioned, Illinois has few legal requirements in regards to home education. The only primary guideline that Illinois homeschool law specifies is in regards to the subjects taught. All other regulations are minor, and even include some “perks” that almost no other state in the U.S. offers. To find out more about how to homeschool in Illinois legally, visit our Illinois Homeschool Laws page. Find out more: Alabama Homeschooling Laws
Alabama Cover Schools
One of the options that families have for homeschooling in Alabama is to use a church school (also called an church or umbrella school). For a long time, this was the only way, other than hiring a state-certified tutor, to legally homeschool one’s children in the state. Now that Alabama has opened up other legal options for homeschooling, a church school may or may not be the right option for your family. On our Alabama Cover Schools page, you’ll find an explanation of how these schools work and a list of advantages and disadvantages of using one for your homeschool experience. Learn more: Alabama Homeschool Cover Schools
Alabama Homeschool Associations
When families begin their homeschool journey, they often have many questions about the process, the laws, and the specifics of how it works. That’s when statewide homeschool associations are the most useful. These organizations also are beneficial to families throughout their time of homeschooling by keeping them abreast of any changes to homeschool regulations in the state, notifying them of homeschool-related events in the state, and sometimes even organizing a statewide homeschool convention. Find out what entities are available to you in Alabama and the benefits they offer. Learn more: Alabama Homeschool Associations
Alabama Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
While statewide support is wonderful for new homeschooling families, it is often the information and encouragement that they get at the local level that sustains them over the long term. Alabama is a vibrant homeschooling state with many local and regional homeschool support groups. Even for families who live rurally or have circumstances that keep them from attending regular events, there are opportunities for networking such as Time4Learning’s Alabama state homeschool forum. Find out more here: Alabama Homeschool Associations
Alabama Homeschool Field Trips
One of the quotes you’ll often see in relation to the choice to school from home is “Why do they call it homeschooling if we’re never at home?” This tongue-in-cheek saying should clue you in to what a diverse educational experience you are able to create for your child when you aren’t under the constraints of a classroom. Being able to customize a curriculum for your student is a chief perk of homeschooling, but another one is the ability to head out into the world and experience learning the hands-on way. You’ll be excited to learn that AL is full of destinations that families can visit to enhance the lessons their homeschoolers are covering. Learn more: Alabama Homeschool Field Trips
Alabama Standardized Testing and Test Prep
Although homeschoolers in Alabama aren’t required by law to participate in standardized testing, many families still appreciate a way to benchmark what their child has accomplished. They also value the ability to compare how their child progresses from year to year and to spot any gaps in their education. Time4Learning offers multiple ways to help students prepare for these diagnostic exams. Our standards-based courses in math and language arts are designed to meet or exceed general state content standards. In addition, the Time4Learning curriculum offers state assessment test simulations in 3rd-8th grade.
Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Alabama
For families homeschooling in Alabama, online curriculum is an increasingly popular option. Whether you came to the idea of home education by choice or are an accidental homeschooler, you can benefit from a program that is easy to use. Here are just a few of the reasons why Time4Learning is so popular with homeschoolers in Alabama:
- No need to purchase a large package of materials you may or may not use. Time4Learning’s monthly subscription model allows you to use the program exactly as much and as long as you need.
- Your subscription gives you access to the grade below and above your registered level in grades 1-7 so you can review or even accelerate where needed.
- Lesson planning, record-keeping and assessments are taken care of. Simply sit down with your child and enjoy the engaging, multimedia lessons together.
How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12
Homeschool curriculum choices have expanded over the last decade. Parents have much more to choose from than typical textbooks, workbooks, and other traditional schooling methods. Online courses, interactive videos, personal computers, laptops, and tablet devices provide exciting and engaging materials for children to experience. But all these new methods often confuse parents, especially those who are new homeschoolers. Eventually, parents come to realize that mixing different tools and activities usually keeps their children stimulated and eager to learn. For more information, review How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12.
Online Curriculum for Homeschool, After-School and Summer Use
In addition to being an award-winning choice for homeschool families, Time4Learning also offers an online after-school program to help build your child’s skills. View our lesson demos and discover why thousands of Alabamian families are already using it!
Give your student the chance to get back on track or explore exciting electives and get ahead for the next school year with Time4Learning’s online summer school. Our educational materials will engage and challenge your child to succeed.