Dear Lesson Plan Ladies,
I have decided to homeschool my soon-to-be pre-k daughter using the classical model. I have read portions of The Well Trained Mind and have enjoyed learning from it. What do you consider the next practical steps?
Dear Inquiring Mom,
You have taken a positive step in preparation for home school. Congratulations! Classical education is a wonderful way to equip your child for future excellence and success. We love this enriching philosophy!
Your next steps are very important legal steps. First, go to Home School Legal Defense Association’s* website. Here is the link:
Some families join HSLDA as a safe guard in case they run into home school related legal troubles. Others join this organization to have access to a legal advocate in the case of someone squelching their home schooling rights. Still others learn from the website and choose not to join the association. Whatever you decide, it is important to at least browse and learn from their site.
On the HSLDA site, you will notice the “My State” section, a helpful tool for people new to or considering home education. Click on your state to learn its particular home school laws, liberties, and responsibilities.
Some home educating parents also desire to learn their state's public school requirements for specific grade levels. In addition, some states require home schooled kids to take the state mandated standardized tests. The following website will be helpful for both aforementioned categories:
On this site, click your state to bring up its education website which contains standards and testing information.
I know this is may not be exactly what you had in mind when you asked about your next steps. However, these are important steps that will allow you to be an informed home school parent. Take heart! Once you learn the legalities of your state, the fun of home school can (and will) begin.
Lesson Plan Ladies
*HSLDA is a reputable organization. We know there are other wonderful choices available, but LPL only have experience with this particular organization.