Texas is a popular state for homeschoolers because it is low on regulations but high on opportunities for experiential learning. Not only are there hundreds of support groups throughout the state, but there are also even more educational field trips waiting to happen. Yet, with all that to look forward to, we know you still have concerns and are probably wondering things like, “Just how does homeschooling work in Texas?”
We want you to feel confident in your choice to start homeschooling in Texas. Below, you will find information that will guide you in the areas you are likely most eager to know about, including:
- How to Start Homeschooling In Texas
- Texas Homeschool Laws
- Texas Homeschool Associations
- Texas Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
- Texas Homeschool Field Trips
- Texas Homeschooling by City
- Texas Standardized Testing and Test Prep
- Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Texas
- How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12
*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 Texas
Home instruction regulations in Texas have a very relaxed approach. In fact, the steps to homeschooling in Texas are as easy as 1-2-3.
- Officially withdraw your student from their current school if they are already enrolled.
- Choose your curriculum. (In Texas, homeschool curriculum choice is up to the parent.) Your chosen curriculum programs should cover at least the following subjects: reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.
- Begin enjoying learning together!
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Texas Homeschooling Laws
There are only a few basic legal requirements for homeschooling in Texas:
- The student must be educated in a bona fide manner by the parents
- The curriculum used should be visual in nature (such as textbooks, workbooks, online programs, etc.)
- The curriculum should include these subjects: reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and citizenship
Texas Homeschool Associations
Did you know that, as a Texas homeschooling family, you don’t have to go it alone? That’s right. Texas has not one, but two statewide homeschool associations for support, information, and even legal representation in case (rare, but possible) you have any legal problems related to teaching your child from home. Learn about these two organizations and what benefits you might receive from joining one or both of them. More info: Texas Homeschool Associations
Texas Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
In addition to state-level support, homeschooling families in Texas also have many local and regional support groups to lean on. Even in rural areas, homeschoolers can use online networks to link up with other families for sharing information, getting advice, and planning activities. Even if you aren’t a “joiner,” you may find that having a local support net increases your confidence about the homeschool experience and bolsters your spirits when you go through inevitable “rough patches.” Learn more about group options and benefits on our Texas Homeschool Groups and Co-ops page. Find out more: Texas Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
Homeschool Field Trips in Texas
Without a doubt, one of the best parts of homeschooling is the flexibility it offers you to learn by doing. Once you remove the classroom mindset and realize that learning can happen anywhere and everywhere you happen to be, a whole new world opens up for you and your children. This is especially true for Texas, where historical sites dot every part of the landscape and you have mountains, beaches, and prairies — all in one state! When you have the freedom as a homeschooler to throw the students in the car and head out on a learning adventure, why wouldn’t you? Let’s go field tripping! Learn more: Homeschool Field Trips in Texas
Texas Homeschooling by City
If you live in (or within driving distance of) any of Texas’ major cities, you may begin to see your city with all new eyes. That’s because when you are homeschooling, you have time to explore and experience all that it has to offer. Even more, you’ll be turning those experiences into learning opportunities that will support and enhance your homeschool lesson plans. Click the links below to discover the specific opportunities you have in these Texas cities.
- Homeschooling in Austin
- Homeschooling in Dallas
- Homeschooling in Fort Worth
- Homeschooling in Houston
- Homeschooling in San Antonio
Texas Standardized Testing and Test Prep
Although homeschoolers aren’t required by law to do standardized testing, many families appreciate the opportunity to evaluate how their homeschooler is progressing in comparison with other students at his or her grade level. Although never a favorite activity for students, most educational experts agree that testing is a measure of how well students comprehend and apply knowledge. They also agree that high standards are a worthy goal. If you’d like to know more about Texas state assessments and how to prepare for them, you can explore Time4Learning’s Texas STARR test page.
Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Texas
Once you know how to enroll in homeschool in Texas your next big choice is usually what curriculum to use. Since the only legal guidelines regarding curriculum are the subjects you should cover – reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship – the type of program(s) you use are up to you. Whether you decide to go with a literature-based program, a textbook-based program, or an online curriculum, Texas families have unlimited options to mix and match the best curricula to meet each student’s needs. This is why Time4Learning is the leading online curriculum for homeschoolers in Texas:
- Time4Learning includes an automated reporting system which tracks test and lesson scores, time spent on each activity, completed lesson summaries and more. When it comes to record keeping, Time4Learning has parents covered!
- Time4Learning covers all the core subjects that are required by Texas homeschool law. Our PreK-12 online curriculum offers standards-based instruction in math, language arts, social studies, science, and more.
- Each student’s monthly subscription includes multimedia instruction in up to three grade levels at once, animated interactive lessons and printable worksheets for reinforcement. 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
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.
Texas Unit Study Supplement
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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 Texan 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.