Homeschooling In Arkansas
Any child between the ages of 5 and 17 is required to attend school in Arkansas. But for many years, homeschooling has been one of the legal avenues for fulfilling that obligation. If you are considering this option for your family, there are laws, guidelines, and best practices you should follow. Time4Learning has compiled up-to-date information on many aspects of homeschooling in the state, including how to homeschool in Arkansas, sources for state and local support, choosing curriculum, and even places for educational field trips.
- How to Start Homeschooling in Arkansas
- Arkansas Homeschooling Laws
- Arkansas Homeschool Associations
- Arkansas Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
- Arkansas Homeschool Field Trips
- Arkansas Standardized Testing and Test Prep
- Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Arkansas
- How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12 in Arkansas
This information should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under.
How to Start Homeschooling in Arkansas
Few states have such a simple and straightforward process for starting homeschooling as the southern state of Arkansas. The steps to homeschooling are as easy as:
- Submitting a notice of intent to homeschool either online, by mail, or in person to the local school superintendent’s office by August 15 of each year or at least 14 days prior to withdrawing the student from school.
- Choosing the homeschool curriculum that best meets your child’s educational needs.
- Starting to enjoy learning together!
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Arkansas Homeschooling Laws
Families homeschooling in Arkansas have very few regulatory burdens. Once you have filed your notice of intent to homeschool with the local school superintendent, you are free to choose your own curriculum, to design a customized schedule for your student, and to teach according to your child’s specific learning style. For more information on Arkansas homeschool requirements, visit our Arkansas Homeschooling Laws page.
Arkansas Homeschool Associations
The purpose of a state-level homeschool association is to provide homeschoolers in that state with the most up-to-date information about homeschooling as well as notice of any current or potential changes to state laws regarding home education. To find out more about the specific homeschool associations available to you, visit our Arkansas Homeschooling Associations page.
Arkansas Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
Naturally, once you begin homeschooling, you’ll have many questions. Finding a state, regional, or local support group can be the ideal way to share concerns, get advice, and simply network with other homeschoolers near you. Start exploring homeschool support groups near you on our Arkansas Homeschool Groups and Co-ops page.
Arkansas Homeschool Field Trips
One of the absolute best things about homeschooling is having the flexibility to tie what you are learning to hands-on activities and learning experiences. To help you discover educational field trip opportunities around the state of Arkansas, we’ve compiled a beginning list of natural, historic, and cultural destinations for students in our Homeschool Field Trips in Arkansas post.
Arkansas Standardized Testing and Test Prep
Arkansas education laws do not require homeschoolers in the state to take annual standardized tests, as some states do. However, many families still choose to take part in either annual or occasional benchmark testing. For some, it is a way to see how their son or daughter compares to the national average for their grade level. For others, it is a way to track academic progress year to year. Regular standardized tests can also reveal potential gaps in a student’s education.
If standardized testing is something you would like your child to participate in, he or she will need to become familiar with test formats and terminology, to learn test-taking strategies (when to guess, when not to), to become comfortable with time restrictions, and to practice answering different types of questions. Time4Learning’s curriculum not only provides standards-based instruction in areas that are most often tested on nationally-normed tests, but it also provides test prep practice in specific elementary level grades. Learn more on our Arkansas test prep page.
Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Arkansas
Choice of homeschool programs in Arkansas is completely up to each family. Parents and students are able to pick from among a great variety of options—everything from online homeschooling to traditional textbook-style curriculum. Time4Learning’s PreK-12 multimedia curriculum has fast become one of the most popular options for homeschool families in Arkansas. Here are just a few reasons why:
- Children love using the computer to learn. Time4Learning is a convenient, online homeschool curriculum that combines education with interactive fun.
- Members have access to 3,500+ multimedia lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities in a student-paced environment that brings concepts to life.
- It has a low monthly price, does not require a contract, and provides a money-back guarantee.
- Our curriculum works with a wide range of learning styles including visual, auditory, kinesthetic and logical learners.
How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12
Parents in Arkansas have much more to choose from than typical textbooks, workbooks, and other traditional schooling methods. Interactive videos, laptops and online programs provide exciting and engaging ways for children to experience education.
But these technological methods often confuse parents, especially those who are new to homeschooling. 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.
Arkansas Unit Study Supplement
Help your homeschooler learn interesting history and geography facts about Arkansas in the Time4Learning unit study supplement.
Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool 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 families in Arkansas 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.