So, you are interested in homeschooling your child(ren)? You are probably thinking… Where do I start?!
Review the requirements of homeschooling in Texas.
We are lucky, because Texas is one of the most easy going states when it comes to Homeschooling.
NO REPORTING. NO RECORDS. Except a High School Diploma/Transcript for college acceptance.
Honestly this always makes me nervous, as laws and rules can change in an instant. I would recommend keeping some sort of planner or journal and just jot done what is done each day for Homeschool. Not necessarily grades, just a basic list of what was done.
Watched ABC video
Alligator scissor practice activity
Practice handwriting Letter A
Math – Made muffins with mom (counting and measuring)
Field trip to Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (learned about animals)
Super basic and kind of cute to look back on later in the year to see how far your little one has come.
Basically in Texas:
This is straight from Texas Homeschool Coalition.
Texas State Law Requirements Regarding Home Schooling
To home school legally in Texas, you must follow three state law requirements:
• The instruction must be bona fide (i.e., not a sham).
• The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor).
• The curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.
That is it folks! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!
Go to: TSHC.ORG and read through The 7 Easy Steps to Begin
Most curriculums today touch on each of these topics. If you feel like you want to supplement with activities you've found in Pinterest or the web, feel free!! That is the beauty of Texas Homeschooling!
Withdrawing your child from Public School
This straight from the HSLDA website.
If you want to start homeschooling during the school year and your child is currently enrolled in a public or private school, HSLDA recommends that you formally withdraw your child from that school. If you are going to start homeschooling after the school year is over, and your child is considered enrolled for the following year, we recommend that you withdraw your child before the next school year begins, so that the school does not mark your child as absent or truant.
If you are looking to withdraw your child(ren) from public school, there is a letter that is recommended by the Texas Home School Coalition.
They also recommend printing the Commissioner's Letter as well and include it with your withdrawal letter.
Mail a signed copy of the letter via Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested in order to receive and retain proof of delivery.
Mail another copy of the letter to THSC at:
THSC, P.O. Box 6747, Lubbock, TX 79493
and if you are already in touch with a local homeschool support group, Mail the leader a copy as well.
If the school subsequently contacts you and says you must do more (e.g., come to the school office, fill out a form, etc.), do not go to the school. Instead, respond by email or mail with a letter of assurance. The Texas Education Agency has told school districts that such letters meet the guidelines of cooperation in compliance with compulsory attendance laws.
Another thing you can do to get some more information about Texas Homeschooling is to watch the orientation videos from the THSC.
These videos are a bit dry, but have tons of useful information.
I am hopeful that this has answered some if not all of your questions about Texas Homeschooling. If you have any questions please feel free to comment and I would love to do some research for you.