If you are considering homeschooling in Michigan, then it’s time to prepare. Although the regulations for homeschoolers in the Wolverine State are minimal, having all the important information on what to expect will make you feel more confident with your decision. We’ve gathered a wealth of information on how to homeschool in Michigan, where to go for state and local support, the home school programs Michigan families prefer, and even how to use the state’s many educational sites as field trips. Read on to get prepared for a successful homeschool adventure!
- How to Start Homeschooling in Michigan
- Michigan Homeschooling Laws
- Michigan Homeschool Associations
- Michigan Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
- Homeschool Field Trips in Michigan
- Michigan Standardized Testing and Test Prep
- Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Michigan
- How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12 in Michigan
*This information was not compiled by a lawyer. This 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 Michigan
In Michigan, parents have the right to homeschool their children. Here are the basics to get your homeschool started on the right foot:
- Decide which option you will homeschool under (home education or non-public school)
- Choose the homeschool curricula and materials you want to use
- Have fun beginning learning together!
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Michigan Homeschooling Laws
According to homeschooling authorities, Michigan families have two options to legally educate their child at home:
- Operate as a non-public school: this requires that all instruction be handled by a state certified teacher
- As a home education program: this option has almost no regulations except that families include instruction in the specific subjects of Reading, Spelling, Mathematics, Science, History, Civics, Literature, Writing and English Grammar.
For full details about the requirements to homeschool in Michigan visit our Homeschool Laws page.
Michigan Homeschool Associations
Michigan is fortunate enough to have a statewide organization dedicated specifically to supporting the rights of families to educate their children at home. Find out more about this homeschool association and some of the benefits it can offer your family on the Michigan Homeschool Associations page.
Michigan Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
Even before you’ve fully established your homeschool, you may discover that you have questions you wish you could ask a seasoned homeschooler in the state. One of the best ways to get your questions answered is by connecting with a local or regional homeschool support network. Even if your area doesn’t have an established homeschool presence, you can still get plenty of advice from a virtual support group such as the Time4Learning Michigan homeschool parent forum. You can get information on how to locate your closest support group or homeschool co-op on the Michigan Homeschool Groups and Co-ops page.
Homeschool Field Trips in Michigan
You won’t have homeschooled for long before you start to realize that this educational option is highly customizable. One of the best ways to personalize what your children are learning about is through exploratory field trips. Michigan offers a host of natural, historical, and cultural sites that can complement your lessons. Head over to the Michigan Homeschool Field Trips post for ideas on places around the state that your family can turn into learning adventures.
Michigan Standardized Testing and Test Prep
Michigan homeschool law does not require students who are homeschooled to take annual or even periodic standardized tests. However, Michigan homeschoolers are still allowed to take state tests for free at their local public school. Many families choose this option simply as a way of ensuring that their child is on target with other students of a similar age and grade level. Standardized tests can also reveal gaps of instruction or retention that need to be addressed. Time4Learning’s comprehensive curriculum includes math and language arts that are correlated to state standards and help students prepare for nationally normed tests.
Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Michigan
In Michigan, homeschool curriculum choice is completely up to individual families. Knowing your child’s learning style can go a long way toward helping you choose the program or programs that best fit your student. Time4Learning has become a popular choice among homeschooling families in Michigan. Here are just a few of the reasons families in Michigan trust the curriculum:
- 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.
- The ease of use of the program means that families can sign up and begin learning on the very same day. Even accidental homeschoolers can navigate the curriculum with little or no preparation.
- 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.
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 of 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.
Michigan Unit Study Supplement
Help your homeschooler learn interesting history and geography facts about Michigan 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 Michigan 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.