First-time homeschoolers in Ohio are eager for information on how to get started homeschooling in the Buckeye State. You’ll have questions about what you need to do to enroll, what the regulations related to homeschooling are, how to find support near you, and many more. Let’s get this homeschooling adventure started!
- How to Start Homeschooling in Ohio
- Ohio Homeschooling Laws
- Ohio Homeschool Associations
- Ohio Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
- Ohio Homeschool Field Trips
- Ohio Standardized Testing and Test Prep
- Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Ohio
- How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12 in Ohio
*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 Ohio
To get started, follow these steps to homeschooling in Ohio:
- Notify your local school superintendent of your plan to begin homeschooling
- Become familiar with the regulations for homeschoolers in Ohio
- Choose the homeschool curriculum mix that best fits your student(s)
- Start having fun learning together!
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Ohio Homeschooling Laws
The regulations for homeschooling in Ohio are straightforward and easy to understand. Some of the key requirements to be aware of include:
- Parents must have either a high school diploma or equivalency to be eligible to homeschool.
- Students must receive a minimum of 900 hours of instruction in a homeschool year.
- Homeschool curriculum choice is completely up to individual families, but certain subjects are required.
For more details about the homeschooling options in Ohio and how to stay compliant with state regulations, visit our Ohio Homeschool Laws page.
Ohio Homeschool Associations
Almost every state has an association specifically aimed at supporting the rights of homeschoolers in that state.
In Ohio, that association is the Christian Home Educators of Ohio (CHEO), a faith-based organization that provides resources, events, and information about how to homeschool in Ohio. To learn more about the efforts of CHEO, visit our Ohio Homeschool Associations page.
Ohio Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
For the Buckeye families just starting their homeschool journey, having a support system in place can be invaluable. The Ohio Homeschooling Families forum at Time4Learning is an example of a virtual support network that brings parents together to share experiences and ask advice.
To discover all about local and regional homeschool support opportunities, visit our Ohio Homeschool Groups and Co-ops page.
Ohio Homeschool Field Trips
Along with the flexibility to choose when, how, and what to teach their child, homeschoolers also have the unique option to choose where this learning happens. For many homeschooling families in Ohio, field trips are a regular occurrence.
There are a variety of cultural, historic, and natural sites across the state that provide students with a way to enhance what they are learning in their curriculum with hands-on explorations. Visit our Ohio Homeschool Field Trips post to view day trip opportunities by geographic area.
Ohio Standardized Testing and Test Prep
One of the ways homeschoolers can fulfill their end-of-year assessment requirements is by taking a nationally-normed, standardized test and submitting those scores. If you choose this route of assessment, whether you take the Ohio Achievement Test or another normed test, you should know that you cannot administer the test yourself; it must be administered by a certified teacher or other person who has been duly authorized by the test provider.
Even if they aren’t using a standardized test to meet assessment regulations in Ohio, many parents still choose to periodically have their homeschoolers submit to the exams. The tests can help homeschooling parents identify any gaps in their curriculum and instruction. 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 Ohio
Once the decision to homeschool has been made, the next crucial choice is usually what curricula to use. In Ohio, homeschool curriculum choice is completely up to each individual family. Time4Learning has long been a leading choice for Ohio families. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
- PreK-12th grade coursework is correlated to state standards and helps students prepare for end-of-year assessments.
- 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.
How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12
Parents in Ohio have much more to choose from than typical textbooks, workbooks, and other traditional schooling methods. Interactive videos, laptops, mobile devices, 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.
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 Ohio 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.