Is homeschooling legal?
Absolutely! It is currently legal to homeschool your child in all 50 states. Regulations do differ from state to state. If you leave Ohio, you will need to learn the regulations for the state in which you move.
What are the homeschool regulations for Ohio?
The regulations for Ohio are stated completely here.
More information is also available in this factsheet
Once you are sure you are qualified, you will need to notify the superintendent of your decision to homeschool your child. You may use this notification form.
Include with it a basic outline (scope) of the curriculum you plan to use and a materials list.
At the end of the year you will be required to send an assessment
with the next years notification. You may choose to have your child tested (use the testing form
) or assessed by a certified teacher (use the narrative form
). That's all there is to it!
How do I know if I am qualified to teach my child/children?
Legally, to be qualified to homeschool your child, you must have either: a high school diploma; or GED, or other equivalent credential found appropriate by the superintendent.
Every parent who begins to homeschool their child feels some degree of insecurity. This is normal, but you CAN do it! Your confidence will grow as you teach your child and experience how rewarding homeschooling can be!
Will my child be an outcast? What about socalization?
Your child does not need to be an outcast simply because they are homeschooled. Many children who go to public school become "outcasts". Children can socialize with other children in the neighborhood, at church, or through extra curricular events in the community. Homeschooling does not guarentee your child's social and emotional well-being any more than sending them to school will guarentee it.
How long does it take to homeschool?
How long it takes depends on what you choose to teach and how your child learns. All children are different and all parents teach a little differently, however most young children can go through their curriculum in a few hours each day. Older children may have more work to do, but the additional time they need may be more self-directed.
regulations require that you spend 900 hours per year educating your child. This includes field trips, extra-curricular activities, educational videos, and so on. If you choose to follow a normal school year calendar, this is aprox 5 hours per school day. There are no regulations that require you to follow this schedule. Some parents choose to school all year but for fewer hours each day. The state does NOT require that you keep written records of your time.
May I work outside the home?
There are no regulations that say you must be a stay-at-home parent to homeschool your child. Many homeschooling parents work outside the home. Simgle parents homeschool. Dad's homeschool. This is a personal decision based on your family, priorities, income, needs, and desires.
How much does it cost?
The cost of home education varies significantly depending on which curriculum you choose, how many kids you have, extra media you purchase, or if you purchase new or used supplies. You can probably find most of the supplies you need at consignment stores, homeschool book sales, and on eBay. You may spend $150 or you may spend $500 or more. You can spend as much or as little as you choose.
To save money; research what is available, plan what you want to buy, and be patient for a good book sale or ebay auction to come along. Always find out how much the item costs new, so you don't pay too much for it used. You can find curriculum here
and supplies here
How do I get started?
Make a plan and prepare your notification form
, curriculum outline and materials list.
Mail your notification form by certified mail to the correct superintendent. You should recieve a response within 15 days letting you know that your child has been excused from school attendence. Click here for more information
Flexibility is one of the benefits to homeschooling. Still, it is helpful to make plans such as: what lessons will be done on which days, what projects or field trips you will use with your lessons, or a simple daily school schedule. Good planning will make homeschooling easier to get started.
Where can I find books and materials for home education?
It is not difficulut to find curriculum. We have compiled a list of popular curriculum providers
and teaching supplies
You can often find these items used at a homeschool convention, book sale, or on the Internet.
If CHECC is aware of local events
we will post them here
is an awesome tool for the homeschool parent. There are thousands of sites to find free curriculum, lessons, worksheets, and more. You can also search through online archives, encyclopedias, and dictionaries for free!
We have compiled a list of some of the best Internet resources here
What if I can't teach the subject my child wants/needs to learn?
This is a concern for many parents, especially those with children entering high-school
grades. Many difficult subjects like math and foreign language have computer programs or DVD's that can teach your child the lessons for you. Every subject offers detailed teachers guides that describe in great detail how to teach the subject, and usually offer alternative teaching methods as well. As you homeschool your child you will develop a teaching style that works for you and your child. If you still need help, talk to other parents in your support group. It is unlikely that you are having problems that other parents have not also experienced. Their counsel can be very valuable.
Testing v/s Assessment - Which is better ?
Neither method is better. It is all a matter of personal preference. Some parents choose testing, which compares your child's knowledge to the knowledge of other children in their age group. Studies have shown that homeschool children average far above their public school peers.
Other parents choose to have a certified teacher assess their child. An assessment doesn't compare your child with other children, rather it compares your child's learning with their own capabilities. The assessor will review a portfolio of your child's work and note where your child has improved and needs improvement. She may also offer alternative teaching strategies, or curriculum as needed. This is a more personal look at your child's education.
A portfolio takes more effort than a test, however when the school year is over you will have a keepsake - a compact overview of your child's school year.
More information on testing and assessments can be found here.
Will my homeschooled child be at a disadvantage when applying for college? How do I teach high-school?
Most colleges today are welcoming to homeschooled children; some colleges seek them out! . Regardless of the type of education, what your student does in high-school will determine where they are accepted for college, and what scholorships and grants available to them. If you have concerns about homeschooling your child through high school, HSLDA offers lots of resources for famillies of high-school age students.
For more information visit . http://www.hslda.org/highschool/
The Home School Mom
also has information about homeschooling in high school
What are duel credits?
High-school homeschoolers can study college level courses and take tests to show their competence in the subject. These CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
tests can count as a course credit for both high-school and college. Some high school students can take a year or more off of their college degree using this tool, and many continue on to finish their degree from home.
has information recommended by HSLDA on CLEP testing.
has information about CLEP tests and an organized program to earn your bachelors degree from home.