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How to Start Homeschooling in Los Angeles

How to Start Homeschooling in Los Angeles
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As the population of families homeschooling in Los Angeles swells, the need for information on how to homeschool in Los Angeles becomes more important. If you have recently become a new homeschooler in LA (or are considering it), you have come to the right place.  Whether you are curious about getting started or are needing information on choosing the best homeschool curriculum, we will try to provide helpful information on this page.

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 Homeschool in Los Angeles

Understandably, starting something new brings a certain level of anxiety. The key to building confidence in this new venture of homeschooling is understanding what to expect. So, let’s break down your entry to homeschooling in Los Angeles, CA into several clear steps.

  1. Thoroughly research the homeschool laws for California.
  2. Decide which of the five options for teaching at home in CA will work best for your family.
  3. Officially withdraw your child from his/her current school, if enrolled.
  4. Choose a homeschool curriculum or mix of curricula that best fits your family needs.
  5. Have fun learning together!

Time4Learning Curriculum for Homeschooling in Los Angeles

As a homeschooler in the City of Angels you have a wide latitude of curriculum options. If you will be signing up with one of the homeschool charter schools in Los Angeles , enrolling in a satellite program, or functioning as your own private school, you will likely have a lot of control over the program(s) you use.  Time4Learning has become an increasingly popular choice for families homeschooling in Los Angeles County because it is so flexible.

Do you need a comprehensive curriculum to cover all the core subjects of your child’s grade? Or do you need a supplemental multimedia program to reinforce or remediate specific subjects? Either way, Time4Learning can be completely customized to meet your family’s unique needs.

Some of the reasons Los Angeles homeschoolers are excited about Time4Learning include:

  • The PreK-12 curriculum uses interactive learning and fun lessons and games to engage students.
  • Automated grading and reporting removes stress and allows parents to focus on more important things.
  • The program includes tools that let parents track their student’s day-to-day progress and even helps them plan out their homeschool year.
  • Students have access to fun and engaging learning resources such as Time4MathFacts, which uses game-based play to help students master math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Virtual labs, interactive projects, guided notes, and much more help enhance material, bring concepts to life, and allow students to apply what they’ve learned.
  • It 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
  • Time4Learning’s standards-based curriculum builds the skills that students are tested on normed tests
  • The flexibility of Time4Learning means that you can use it as your core curriculum, as a supplement to other curricula, or as part of a Los Angeles hybrid homeschool program.
  • A dedicated Facebook group for asking questions, getting advice, and sharing your experiences with fellow homeschooling families.

Time4Learning is much more than a curriculum, though. We see ourselves as a partner with you in reaching your individual educational goals while providing the kind of support you need along your entire homeschooling journey.

Homeschool Charter Schools in Los Angeles

There are dozens of charter schools in Los Angeles for families to choose in various areas including:

For a listing of additional charter schools in LA visit A2Z Homeschooling.

Homeschool Field Trips in Los Angeles and Beyond

Urban homeschooling offers a diverse and endless supply of learning opportunities. On any given day, families can find museums, parks, historic sites, and events that will complement what they are learning in their homeschool curriculum. Time4Learning’s online format makes it especially effortless to study about fossils in the morning and visit the La Brea Tar Pits to watch actual excavations in the afternoon!  Let’s explore just a sampling of the homeschool field trips you may want to experience in the wider Los Angeles area.

Mission San Juan Capistrano – This landmark and museum, famous for its annual return of the swallows, allows students to get hands-on with history. In addition to audio tours, families can pan for gold, explore the gardens, try their hand at basket weaving, and much much more. This budget-friendly outing can also include child-friendly walks through other parts of the city of San Juan Capistrano if you want to make a full day of it.

Japanese American National Museum – How much do you know about Japanese American history? You will increase your knowledge immensely with a visit to this museum full of both permanent and temporary exhibits. Become better acquainted with the immigrant journey, experience a traditional tea time, and take advantage of the printable curriculum from their website, too. The museum hosts multiple free family days throughout the year, too, designed with special educational activities for young learners.

Natural History Museum – With nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts, this museum is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States. Exhibits allow visitors to explore African mammals, birds, gems and minerals, shells, and an insect zoo. Homeschoolers can take part in a number of programs and activities that will further their learning.

Los Angeles Zoo – Set on 133 acres, the Los Angeles Zoo is home to over 1,100 animals representing over 250 species. Popular exhibits include the Campo Gorilla Reserve, Elephants of Asia, the LAIR (living amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles), and the Rainforest of the Americas. The zoo offers children’s classes, Zoo Camp, and overnight visits.

Griffith Observatory – This popular attraction provides visitors with amazing views of Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood (including the Hollywood sign), and the Pacific Ocean. Homeschoolers can catch a show at the planetarium, observe the sky up close with free public telescopes, and learn through a number of exhibits.

Petersen Automotive Museum – This museum allows guests to get an up close look at a number of rare and classic cars as well as a number of automotive items. Visitors can see the 1992 Batmobile, a 1946 Ford “Grease Lightning,” and a 1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon. Homeschoolers can learn about the history, industry and artistry of the automobile, and take part in a number of youth and family programs.

Additional Resources Related to Homeschooling in California

PreK - 8th

$19.95
  • Monthly, first student
  • ($14.95 monthly for each additional student)

9th - 12th

$30.00
  • Monthly, per student
  • (Includes 4 courses per student)

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