5 Basic Homeschooling Requirements

Homeschooling requirements may differ slightly among places due to how stringent the educational policies may be in an area. However, it seems that there are some basic conditions that apply to everyone who selects home education as an option.

There is no perfect way of educating at home so don't waste time in search of it. Teaching can appear in various forms and by using many different mediums. However, these are a few basic components to teaching at home.

Five Essential Factors

These are not necessarily mandated by the local educational agencies but are what I have observed to be necessary for a successful at-home experience.

  • Legal - everyone needs to discover the homeschooling laws for their area and make certain that they are in compliance with them to the best of their ability which means doing some research for themselves
  • Planning - learn how to homeschool your children and create written homeschool lesson plans as a guide to direct you and to validate what you are teaching
  • Recordkeeping - homeschool record keeping is an important part of the overall organization of a successful program and it provides accountability to others such as your umbrella school, the state or a spouse
  • Academics - determine a reasonable course of study and select appropriate home school books or materials to accomplish the task and challenge your children as much as possible
  • Extracurricular activities - choose quality sports, 4-H or other home school activities for your child to participate in and to create an opportunity for you to interact with other home schooling families


You can choose books, Internet sites, home educating peers, and related organizations to get answers to many questions about home education.

If you fulfill these basic home schooling requirements and strive for excellence, you should succeed. Please, remember to ask for help if you need it and try to make learning enjoyable for your children and yourself.

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