I am writing a series about how and why I started homeschooling. I will be talking about our day to day life, curriculum that we use and lots of the little details about how we homeschool. I hope that you guys enjoy the series! If you missed my first post about why we homeschool, you can find it here.
How I Started Homeschooling
We started homeschooling our eldest daughter in the third grade. I was so nervous and excited. My husband was concerned about whether or not I could do it, so he had me start in June when she got out of second grade. He figured that that way, we would have two and a half months of homeschooling done before it was time to go back to school.
We loved it!! I was pregnant with my second child at the time, so it was only my daughter and me homeschooling. We had a table and a bookcase set up, and we homeschooled everyday. We had the best time!! We studied ancient history, and had a blast learning together. I was working three days a week, so we had a sitter watch her while I worked, and she would do review work on the days that I was at work. I would just check her work once I got home.
I have always used a variety of curriculums, and this year was no exception. I have finally gotten to the point, where I love all of the curriculums that I use for each subject, and I will tell you guys why I love the ones that I love in a later post.
Each state has different laws about the requirements to homeschool. I am fortunate to live in North Carolina, so it was not too difficult for us to start homeschooling. We had to take a paper to my daughter’s school with an intenet to homeschool. I had to fill out paperwork and send in a copy of my high school diploma. (I also sent in my college diplomas.)
Here are the requirements from the non-public education site for North Carolina:
Parents/guardians residing in North Carolina and desiring, in lieu of conventional school attendance, to home school their children who are at least age 7 but not yet age 16 must:
- Hold at least a high school diploma or its equivalent;
- Send to DNPE a Notice of Intent to Operate a Home School. The notice must include the name and address of the school along with the name of the school’s owner and chief administrator;
- Elect to operate under either Part 1 or Part 2 of Article 39 of the North Carolina General Statutes as a religious or as a non-religious school;
- Operate the school “on a regular schedule, excluding reasonable holidays and vacations, during at least nine calendar months of the year”;
- Maintain at the school disease immunization and annual attendance records for each student;
- Have a nationally standardized achievement test administered annually to each student. The test must involve the subject areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and mathematics. Records of the test results must be retained at the home school for at least one year and made available to DNPE when requested. Also, see testing FAQS;
- Notify DNPE when the school is no longer in operation.”
There are also several recommendations. We should homeschool five hours a day and at least 180 days a year. Our homeschool actually exceeds both the hours and days each year, but my eldest two love to do schoolwork, and it works well for our family. Also, since we homeschool, we go as in depth as we would like to go on a subject, and spend extra time learning.
Individual State Requirements To Homeschool:
Each state has different regulations about how to homeschool. To find out what your state’s requirements are, you can visit this website.
Those of you that already homeschool, I am sure that others would love to hear your stores as well about how you started. Feel free to leave comments for others here. (-:
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