Can I Really Home School My Children?

Thanks for joining me in Putting Handles on Homeschooling. Here we go!

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Last year, we were at the library almost every Tuesday morning for 30 minutes between outside commitments. Over the course of the school year, I reckon I met at least 15 mothers who noticed me with the boys and asked me about homeschooling. Almost all of them, the first question they ask – Can I really home school?

Yes! Absolutely you can. These are the guidelines I give.

First, you have to pray about this. This decision is greater than you or your children. Make sure God has given you his approval.

Second, talk to your husband. It is my belief that husband in wife absolutely MUST be in agreement on this. Now, is this a conversation you can have bouncing ideas off of one another, or will you need to do all of your research ahead of time and have all of your information presented so he can be comfortable making a decision? You know him best, and you know how best to prepare for that conversation. Again, this decision is greater than you or your children. You will need his input and his help to be a successful home school family.

Third, know your legal requirements. In Texas, we are blessed to have very relaxed requirements. A homeschool is considered a private school, and as a private school we are required to provide:

a bona fide (good faith, not a sham or subterfuge) manner a curriculum consisting of books, workbooks, or written materials including that which appears on an electronic screen of either a computer or video tape monitor, or any combination of the preceding from (1) either one of a private or parochial school which exists apart from the child home or (2) which has been developed or obtained from any source, said curriculum designed to meet basic education goals of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and a study of good citizenship.

The other thing you should know is that if your child is (or has been) enrolled, then you will need to withdraw them. Refer to HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) or THSC (Texas Home School Coalition.) They will give you step by step instructions to ensure that you don’t end up with legal issues. If you are not in Texas, be sure to check out HSLDA. They have a list of what each state requires.

Lastly, if you have the desire to teach your kids, if you are willing to do the research, either through a curriculum or on your own – then YES, absolutely yes. You can do this!


Putting Handles on Home Schooling

Well, October is here and things are about to get busy. Really busy. As in 31 posts in 31 days kind of busy. Are you ready?

I will be spending this month writing 31 posts about homeschooling. I don’t consider myself to be an expert, however, I have been a homeschooling mama for eight years now. In that time, I have learned a few things. Many newbies have asked me how I do one thing or another. I figured that The Nester’s 31 day challenge presented a great opportunity for me to share some of those answers here in an effort to help someone else who might want that information. I want to give you information that allows you to take action, thereby – I hope to put handles on homeschooling for you.

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There is so much good stuff to come. I hope you will join me as I walk through the beginning steps of homeschooling with pre-schoolers, all the way through graduation of those high schoolers.

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See you soon!



This post will be updated with each part of this series.

Day 1:  Putting Handles on Home Schooling

Day 2: Can I Really Home School My Children?

Day 3: Where Do I Find Curriculum?

Day 4: What About Preschool?

Day 5: What About Patience?

Day 6: How Do I Start Planning?

Day 7: What Does Your Day Look Like?

Day 8: So, Where Do You School?

Day 9: School Must Haves

Day 10: Cheap Whiteboard?

Day 11: What About Community Service?

Day 12: Do You Practice Fire Drills?

Day 13: How Did You Find Other Home Schoolers?

Day 14: Where Do You Go for Field Trips?

Day 15: What About Going to the Library?

Day 16: Tell Me About Book Club

Day 17: How Did You Get Your Kids to Love Reading?

Day 18: Stay tuned!

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