You’ve decided to take the plunge and homeschool your children. Congratulations! Homeschooling is a great way to customize your child’s education and ensure that they are receiving the best possible education.

Before you get started, though, there are a few things you need to know about your state’s homeschool laws. Every state has different requirements for homeschooling, so it’s important to be familiar with the laws in your state. Here are 7 things every homeschool parent should know about their state’s homeschool laws.

1. Do I need to register my child for homeschooling? 
Most states do not require you to register your child for homeschooling, but it is always a good idea to keep records of your child’s educational progress. These records will come in handy if you ever move to another state or need to prove that your child is being educated appropriately.

2. Do I need to notify my local school district that I am homeschooling my child? 
Again, this varies by state, but in most cases, you are not required to notify your school district that you are homeschooling your child. However, it is always a good idea to keep them in the loop so that they are aware of your plans and can provide you with resources if needed.

3. What subjects am I required to teach? 
Most states have specific requirements for the subjects that must be taught in a homeschool setting. These requirements vary from state to state, so be sure to check the laws in your state. Generally speaking, though, most states require that children receive instruction in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

4. Do I need to use a specific curriculum? 
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question since curriculum requirements also vary from state to state. In general, though, as long as you are teaching the required subjects using an accredited curriculum, you should be fine. 

5. How do I know if my child is making sufficient progress?
Again, this varies by state, but most states require that parents administer some form of standardized testing on an annual basis (usually in the spring). This testing can be done through a private testing company or by taking advantage of public school testing days. Be sure to check the laws in your state to see what testing options are available and how often they need to be administered.

6. Are there any other requirements I need to meet? 
In addition to the above requirements, some states also have additional rules and regulations for homeschoolers. These restrictions generally pertain to issues such as attendance and vaccinations, so be sure to check the laws in your state before getting started with home schooling. 

7. What happens if I don’t meet the requirements? 
If you fail to meet the requirements set forth by your state, you could potentially face legal action from your school district or local authorities. In most cases, though, simply meeting with your school district officials and providing them with evidence of your child’s progress should suffice. However, it is always best to err on the side of caution and make sure that you are following all of the required steps for legally homeschooling your child in your state.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that you're providing appropriate education your child while also remaining within legal bounds. Happy Homeschooling! 

P.S. If you're not sure where to start, check out HSLDA for more information on homeschool laws and resources. 

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