3 Steps towards Securing Your Homeschool
You have spent lots of time selecting the right curriculum; you read to your children; teach them more than the required subjects; take them to their numerous activities; and more. Despite all these things, how are you doing at guarding your children’s education? Make sure you are following these 3 steps towards securing your homeschool.
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1. Obtain Legal Protection
Rest assured homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Some states make it more of a challenge than others do. Thankfully, The Home School Legal Defense Association is there to protect parents in their time of need. They have the expertise to handle any situation that may arise. However, they can only help you if you are a member of the association.
I had a scare a while back when I came home to discover there was a call from the Child Protection Services on my caller ID. My first thoughts were who would call to report me and was it because I homeschool? I made sure I had the phone number of the HSLDA nearby in case I received another call from the CPS. It was a relief to know I was (and continue to be) a member of the HSLDA. It is well worth the small investment to secure my homeschool.
2. Comply with Your State’s Homeschool Requirements
Each state’s homeschool requirements differ. In Indiana, we are required to provide 180 days of instruction. Some other states require national standardized achievement tests, while additional states have even more expectations. Discover what your state requirements are by locating the information on the HSLDA website. Select your state from the map and view the legal analysis. You will want to keep a copy of the analysis.
3. Keep Thorough Records
Please do not make the mistake of thinking record keeping is not important. Record keeping is vital to your homeschool success. Here are some reasons why:
- Well-documented records will be an asset if your child’s education ever comes under scrutiny.
- You may find yourself moving to a different state, which has different requirements. This should be no problem if you have maintained quality records.
- They readily provide you with the pertinent information needed to compile a thorough transcript.
- They are of utmost importance for college admission.
- Accurate record keeping denotes you take homeschooling seriously.
Keeping accurate records does not have to be complicated. It does become burdensome and stressful when you procrastinate. It is no fun to retrace your steps and create records when you have no documentation of what your children have accomplished. However, once you develop a system, you will discover it is worth the effort.
Put these 3 steps into action and rest easy knowing your homeschool is secure.
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