Homeschooling 101: Start Here

Our map helps you find the laws and regulations for homeschooling in your state.

Are you considering homeschooling your children? Making the choice to homeschool your kid is a big step. Make sure you are prepared to homeschool before you begin. There are different methods of homeschooling, including classical homeschooling, unschooling, the Charlotte Mason method, road schooling, and more. Study each method to learn which one is the best fit for you and your children. Once you have decided which homeschooling method (or methods) you want to follow, it is time to pick your curriculum. The homeschool curriculum you choose will guide your lessons. Another step you should take is to know the laws concerning educating your children at home in your state. See the map below to find out what you need to do to start teaching your children at home. In some states, you will find that there are alternative ways to homeschool. In addition to the traditional concept of “homeschooling,” you can operate as a private school, work with a private tutor, and work with other homeschoolers in a co-op.

Most states require annual notice for parents looking to homeschool their kids every year.

States with the fewest barriers to homeschooling are Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, and New Jersey. These states do not require notification or submission of vaccinations records. They also do not have a homeschooling statute.

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There is one more crucial step before you start your homeschool journey: be confident and have fun! You’re taking your children’s education into your own hands. You will be in charge of ensuring their success in academics and in the future. Having confidence in yourself will make a world of difference to your children.

When you are confident that you are ready to begin, you’ll probably need a few resources — don’t worry, we’ve got that covered as well. See our collection of affordable homeschool curricula, along with more detailed descriptions of each homeschool method.

Once school has begun, you’ll be faced with questions you didn’t even know you had. Fortunately for you, our experts, experienced homeschoolers and educators, have anticipated your questions and they’ve already answered them. They’ve already been through it all — and they’re here to help you. See our guides below for guidance on your homeschool journey.

What questions or concerns do you have about homeschooling? See our experts’ stories, experiences, and guides for every problem you’ll encounter in your homeschool.

There are a lot of things that a lot of people don’t know about homeschooling.

From the reasons why a parent chooses to homeschool, to the steps one needs to take to get started – it’s no secret that choosing to start homeschooling your children can be an overwhelming experience.

Over 2 million children are currently homeschooled, which is a 75% increase from 1999. It is no longer a niche, it’s a movement.

Still, resources for homeschoolers just beginning their journey can be scarce!

We get a lot of questions from parents who want to start teaching their kids at home but don’t know where to start. Likewise, we hear from homeschoolers who have been at it for years but are looking for ways to refresh their curriculum.

Thankfully, Educents homeschool experts have the answers and they want to share them.

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Stories from Homeschoolers

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Homeschooling with Special Needs

Tech-Savvy Homeschooling

Product Reviews by Homeschoolers

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