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5 Easy Steps to Start Homeschooling


Step 1: Transfer Enrollment

Step 2: Know the Laws

  • Read over the Kansas laws for unaccredited private schools.

  • https://hslda.org/legal/kansas?fbclid=IwAR3zIuHV3x20g7aI4eDtomwnikMRnmi6__RVc2uvu7rEKg5TgmxMV6xbVlU

  • High School

  • Kansas Credit Necessary:

  • English LA (4)

  • Math (3)

  • Science (Biology/Physics/Chemistry) (3)

  • History (2)

  • Economics (1/2)

  • Government (1/2)

  • Health & PE (1)

  • Fine Arts (1)

  • Electives (6)

  • Accredited schools are not required to accept credits from a non-accredited private school. If homeschooling is not a long-term decision for you, you may consider an accredited option, so you can ensure all credits will transfer if your child returns to public school.

  • To earn 1 credit, the student must complete 135-150 hours of coursework (or comparable coursework in less time). A 45-minute class over 180 days would meet the required 135-150 hours of coursework.

  • If your child is college bound, it is wise to check with the colleges your child is interested in attending to find out their requirements and plan classes and credits according to those standards.

  • Homeschool transcripts are preferable to a GED. GED’s are not necessary for homeschool students to gain acceptance to a college.

  • You may consider CLEP tests or dual enrollment to make the most of your child’s homeschool high school years.

Step 3: Schedule and Plan

  • Kansas requires unaccredited private schools to hold classes for an equivalent amount of time to public schools. Public schools are required to be in session for at least 186 days of not less than 6 hours per day, or 1116 hours per year for grades 1-11. This does not account for the many disruptions and waiting that happens in a public-school setting. You will find that you can complete to same amount of academic work in much less time. Your options are endless and as unique as your family concerning how you will plan out your academic calendar.

  • Once you’ve completed your academic calendar, your next step is to choose your learning path. The options are endless here as well. I recommend having your child take a few placement tests to determine where they really are. Once you know where your child is, you can decide what skills and subjects need to be taught that year.

  • Make a list of goals for your child.

  • Make a list of subjects you want your child to learn.

  • You will also need to have a plan for keeping records. If your unaccredited private school ever comes under question, you will need to provide proof of learning progress and work completed. Tests and projects are a great option for this. You might also consider creating a portfolio. You might also consider keeping grades or progress reports.

  • I highly recommend purchasing a homeschool planner to help you schedule, plan, and keep records.

Step 4: Choose Your Resources

  • With a plan in place, you are now ready to start choosing your resources. Some things to consider when choosing your resources are:

  • Does this resource meet a goal or cover a subject that I want my child to work on this year?

  • What method does this resource fall under? What method does my teaching style most align with?

  • Charlotte Mason

  • Classical

  • Traditional

  • Unschooling

  • Unit Studies or Project Based

  • Relaxed

  • Eclectic

  • Other factors to consider when choosing your resources are:

  • Teacher intensive / self-taught / video based or online

  • Christian or secular

  • Open-and-go or Open ended

  • Rigorous or Relaxed

  • Cost and budget

  • At home or outsourced

  • Accredited or non-accredited

Step 5: Find Community

  • Join a Homeschool Co-op or group. You will need support on this journey. It’s so important to link arms with other homeschoolers.

  • Miami County Homeschool Co-op: Join a vibrant and active group of homeschooling mommas! We are a Christian Co-op with a Charlotte Mason vibe whose primary focus is creating community. We meet for enrichment and fellowship. We are inclusive to anyone who lives in driving distance of Miami County, is currently homeschooling, and has a desire to take part in an active homeschooling community. (Christina Wilson & Chelsi Slater)

  • Classical Conversations: Classical Conversations is both curriculum and community. (April Watson & Kati Meyers)

  • Thrive: Thrive is a Christian Co-op whose primary focus is academics. (Crystal Clayton & Jessica Hall)

  • Wild & Free: Wild & Free is an offshoot of the Wild & Free lifestyle and its primary focus is on nature and being outdoors. (Tabitha Telken & Kimberly Johnson)

  • HH2: HH2 is in Johnson County and is a large Christian homeschool community whose focus is exclusively social. They organize many opportunities for all age ranges and interests. (Jennifer Deluca)


Most Useful Websites for Homeschoolers


HSLDA

https://hslda.org/


Midwest Parent Educators

https://www.midwesthomeschoolers.org/


Cathy Duffy Reviews

https://cathyduffyreviews.com/


Homeschool Terminology

https://wellplannedgal.com/homeschool-terminology/



Helpful and Encouraging Blog Posts and Videos for New Homeschoolers


It's Okay to Suck at Homeschooling Your First Year

https://doingsomethingbeautiful.com/its-okay-to-suck-at-homeschooling-your-first-year/


Our Year-Round Homeschool Schedule

https://doingsomethingbeautiful.com/our-year-round-homeschool-schedule/


Problems Withdrawing From School? 5 Important Facts to Know.

https://www.midwesthomeschoolers.org/problems-withdraw-school/


New to Homeschooling?

https://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/new-to-homeschooling


10 Things I Would Tell a New Homeschool Mom

https://www.thechaosandtheclutter.com/archives/10-things-i-would-tell-a-new-homeschool-mom


7 Tips for New Homeschoolers!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ-IOtzra9A


TRANSITIONING FROM PUBLIC SCHOOL TO HOMESCHOOL|MY TOP 10 TIPS AND ADVICE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z2MVcwENCA


How to Start Homeschooling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhoDVYOCdMw


New to Homeschooling? Practical Tips for Schooling from Home During a Pandemic (or Anytime).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-NhDOe9M5c


Homeschool Planning | 3 Ways to Eliminate Decision Fatigue in Your Homeschool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RguMhScJyk


Homeschool Schedule Types and Patterns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs4tb55aWC0


Plan Your Entire Homeschool Year in 3 Simple Steps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRmg8665Yag


How I Plan & Schedule Our Year | Year-Round Homeschooling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEGsgxQlsj0


Easy Homeschool Plan: Spiral Notebook Homeschool Scheduling SIMPLIFIED

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxzlgg0DGoA



Homeschool Planner Options


My Well Ordered Life Planner

https://doingsomethingbeautiful.com/product/my-well-ordered-life-planner/


7 Step Curriculum Planner

http://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/free-printables/7-step-curriculum-planner/


Well Planned Day

https://shop.wellplannedgal.com/index.php/shop/planners.html


A Simple Plan

https://www.mardel.com/asimpleplan


The Ultimate Homeschool Planner

https://www.apologia.com/product-category/planners/


Homeschool Plum Paper Planner

https://www.plumpaper.com/shop/category/homeschool



Homeschool Discounts


Homeschool Buyers Co-op

https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/


Educator Discounts for Homeschoolers

https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-help/educator-discounts-for-homeschoolers/


Explore KC on a Budget (for homeschoolers)

https://www.midwesthomeschoolers.org/explore-kc-homeschoolers/


Barnes and Noble

https://help.barnesandnoble.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4382/~/about-the-educator-discount-program


Michaels

https://www.michaels.com/teachers


Staples

http://rewards.staples.com/SRC/AboutTeacherProgram.do


Apple Education Store

https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop


Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/educators


Container Store

https://www.containerstore.com/teachers/index.htm


Dell

http://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop


Jo-Ann's

http://www.joann.com/teacherrewards/


Homeschool Methods & Styles


Online Homeschool Styles Quiz

https://www.homeschool.com/articles/homeschool-styles-quiz/#/questions/1780552


The Homeschool Philosophies Quiz

https://hslda.org/post/quiz-whats-your-homeschooling-philosophy


Homeschool Style Quiz

https://homeschoolon.com/the-homeschool-style-quiz/


The Learning Style Quiz

https://homeschoolon.com/the-learning-style-quiz/


The Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Methods

https://pambarnhill.com/guide-to-homeschool-methods/



Curriculum Helps




Cathy Duffy Reviews

https://cathyduffyreviews.com/


How to Choose the Best Curriculum for Your Family's Needs

https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschooling-101/choose-best-homeschool-curriculum/


7 Simple Steps to Choosing Your Homeschool Curriculum

https://autisticmama.com/how-to-choose-the-right-homeschool-curriculum/


Top 14 Homeschool Language Arts Comparison Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grG2UdwOxf8


The Top 10 Homeschool Math Comparison Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKs5ayQLN-U

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