Welcome to the adventure of homeschooling!!

Welcome to the adventure of homeschooling!!

Whether you're investigating the idea of homeschooling or anticipating your first steps into homeschooling, please consider the following to help you in your decision and/or on your journey!

1. Pray for wisdom in all your homeschool decisions right from the start.  It is a very serious commitment and should not be taken lightly.

2. Check out our links on the public page for more information on requirements, curriculum, legalities, support, and much, much more.

3. Visit Mississippi Home Educators Association website www.mhea.net and order the Homeschool Packet ($25), filled with lots of resources and information on homeschooling.

4. Visit the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website, www.hslda.org, and explore the site.  Check out their NEW HOMESCHOOLER pages.

5. Check out the calendar for upcoming events and come meet us!

Some frequently asked questions…

Since the repeal of the law in 1984, there are no state requirements for subjects that must be taught.

No. You may choose the curriculum that best suits your children's individual education needs.

If you wish to teach your children at home, you may begin at any time, but you must always send the completed certificate of enrollment for each child.

By September 15 of each year, parents are required to submit a certificate of enrollment for each child age 6-17 by September 1. (If you have children older or younger, you are not required to submit a certificate for them.) the certificate card available from your city or county attendance officer should include the names and address of the parents, the child's name and date of birth, and "a simple description of the type of education the children are receiving."You are not required by law to give your child's Social Security number. The card must be returned to the school attendance officer.

In the event, the child has been enrolled in a public or private school, a certificate of enrollment must be filed with the local attendance officer within 15 calendar days after the first day of the school year for the school district where the child resides. The parents may at a later enroll the child in a legitimate home instruction program and send the certificate of enrollment to the school attendance officer.

Parents, guardians, or custodians of a child who are found in violation of this law are given 10 days after receiving a written notice to comply with the law.

Yes. any parent is permitted by law to teach his or her own children in a home instruction program. The state has a minimal amount of regulation that families must follow to legally home school. A legitimate home instruction program is defined as one that is not "operated for the purpose of avoiding or circumventing the compulsory attendance law."

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New to Homeschooling?

If you're reading this you have either thought about homeschooling or have already decided to do it.  Homeschooling is more than a full-time job.  It can be miserable and difficult for all involved or it can be enjoyable and rewarding.  It literally is what you make it.

To homeschool or not to homeschool?

This can seem like an impossible question or the answer may be perfectly clear to you.  If you are still on the fence, here are some questions to ask yourself that may help you decide.

  1. What educational accomplishments would you like your child to achieve?
  2. Will they be met in local schools?
  3. Why do you want to homeschool?
  4. What do you expect to accomplish by homeschooling?
  5. Do you have the support of your spouse?
  6. Are you prepared for the challenges of educating your child?

It may be helpful to write you reasons for homeschooling down, for reference when things get tough, even the most experienced homeschooler has bad days.  Sometimes it’s good to have a reminder. Some people write a mission statement and frame it on the wall to stay focused on their goals.

Set Goals

It is important to set goals.  Decide before you begin what you want to achieve.  Make a list of things you want to teach, but don’t overwhelm yourself or your child.  Start with some basics such as math, reading, science, and history... Then decide on what you want to achieve in each subject. Make sure they are measurable educational goals. Such as “I want Little Johnny to learn long division”.  If this seems difficult, there are tons of pre-made curriculums out there that can help you.  And they are highly recommended for beginning homeschoolers.

Make it Fun

Being both parent and teacher has its challenges.  Homeschooling is never what you pictured it being and it will not always be fun, but there is a lot of fun to be had. Use legos to teach math concepts, go on a hike for life science, put on a play or bake cookies to take to a local nursing home.  The possibilities are only limited by you. Enjoy your children, the rewards are immeasurable.

Get Organized

Organize your books, materials, your time!  It can be useful to set up an area in your home that is your “classroom” where you are free from distractions.  This may be a room if you have one or simply a spot in the dining room.  Just have a designated spot when you and the kids know that learning is done.

It can be very helpful to set a schedule.  Such as school starts at 8 am lunch is at 12...  It doesn’t have to be strict, whatever works for your family but it is good for you and the kids to have some idea when things will happen.

Prepare Financially

Homeschooling can be expensive.  Budgeting can be crucial.  Consider your curriculum, supplies, creating a “classroom” or learning space.  Don't feel like you need to buy the most expensive curriculum on the market for your child to get a good education.  There are countless resources available to homeschoolers these days.  Some are even free.  Good budgeting can allow you to have a cushion for unforeseen events and expenses.

Stay connected

There isn’t a homeschool parent out there that hasn’t been ask, “What about socialization?”  And it is important to make sure your child’s social needs are being met and they have a group of peers.

You may be the only one in your group of friends that homeschools their child, but you are not alone and joining a homeschool group or community will give you and your child social interaction with people who have the same goals as you and your child will have friends that share similar experiences. Get\keep your child involved in the community, whether it be organized sports or troops or volunteer service.