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Steps to Home Schooling

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Steps to Home Schooling

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Step One

Your State Requirements

Knowing your state requirements is important as each state is different. We cannot stress the importance of this step! While there are many comprehensive resources out there, such as the Home School Legal Defense Association, we recommend that you check your state's Department of Education website to ensure you have the most accurate and up to date information.

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Step Two

Homeschool Styles

The chart below lists a few of the most popular styles.

CURRICULUM NAMEDefined
Charlotte Mason“Directed learning approach, that strives to nurture a love for learning and reinforce good habits, rather than just having children memorize facts. This method consists of three important components:
1/3 atmosphere, 1/3 discipline, and 1/3 learning to “come to life”
TraditionalCreating the classroom setting in the home.
ClassicalSystematic approach to learning. Focusing on the three stages of learning: Memorization/Repetition Analytics Thinking Rhetoric.
Theme StudyTheme approached learning. Work is based around a common theme that fits in all subjects.
UnschoolingChild led learning; Greater consideration is given for each child’s interests and the timing of when they tackle various topics and skills.
EclecticCombination of the best homeschool styles that work for your family Generally, means more parental input, but can shift in and out of child led.

We recommend taking the short quizzes at the links below to help identify the best style for you and your child/children.

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Step Three

Accredited versus Non-Accredited

It is important to understand that accreditation comes from the school you enroll in and not from the curriculum you choose.
Schools are accredited, curriculums are non-accredited.

Which pathway will you choose?

PathwayProsCons
AccreditedYou only keep track of what the school requests. The scool keeps record of all credits, hours, grades. and testing.Curriculum follows state standards
More time and focused on the teaching effort.Teaching may not line up with your beliefs, morals and values.
Child is learning material that is grade level appropriate. Can easily transition back into the public or private school system.More challenging to personalize the curriculum for your child. You have to work within the schedule and time frame you are given.
Non-AccreditedNo state standards to follow.Parent is responsible to meet state requirements for home schooling. Parent will keep track of a portfolio, grades, testing, hours, transcripts.
Choose curriculum that is more taylored for you child.Parent will need to submit what is required if ever transitioning back to the public school. You should learn the requirements for entering and exiting your school disctrict.
Teach spiritual and moral beliefsWill have to create a diploma stating requirements have been met.
Less structure so your child will learn time management skills, to complete assignments onYou are responsible for you child's progress and decide how to measure it.

Do you want to stay connected to a school or break away and pursue non-accredited? Many choose to start with non-accredited education and change to accredited in middle school or high school years. If you foresee going back into the public school, please learn the expectations of your local school system.

The public school system is ever changing so you will want to consider what is happening in your local district. Many parents who choose non-accredited education do an incredible job of keeping portfolios, grades, tests, transcripts and diplomas. Universities such as Princeton welcome home school students. Please follow the link for an example of what they request:

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Step Four

Education Model Comparison

Education ModelFlexible ScheduleShared CostSocializationStructureCommunity of Shared ValuesTime InvestmentProvide CurrciulumProvide Extracurricular ActivitiesLess Time CommitmentNon-Acreditted-You control the curriculumAccredited -State StandardsAccredited or Non Accredited
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Umbrella / Charter
Home School

Private / Public
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Private / Public
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Micro-School

Partner W/Public,
Charter or Umbrella

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