Homeschooling 101

The bare bones of getting started in homeschooling.
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Alabama Law

Disclaimer: Huntsville Homeschool Guide is not giving legal advice regarding homeschooling. We are simply explaining how the average homeschooler homeschools. Please read the law for yourself and determine the best option for your family.

Alabama Law states that children can be schooled in one of four ways: Public Education, Private Tutor, Private School, and Church School. Homeschoolers, for the most part, fall under the Church School or Private School umbrella. This is not to be confused with school at home opportunities like K12 and Connections Academy. These are considered Public Education options. Huntsville Homeschool Guide’s official recommendation¬†is to at minimum submit a letter of intent to your local school’s superintendent, however this decision is ultimately yours and we encourage you to do whats right for your family.¬†

The cover school question.

The right answer to whether to get a cover school or not will be based on your convictions and interpretation of Alabama Law. According to the Alabama Department of Education Website, “It is the opinion of the State Superintendent of Education that a ‘cover school’ is not required of parents who choose to home school their children.” That word “opinion” is what often drives whether a family decides to get a cover school or not, but sometimes other factors like cover school amenities such as record keeping, field trips, classes, etc are the reason some families choose to go with a cover school. Other families believe that the law gives liberties and prefer to seek out amenities outside of the cover school setting. If you choose to go with the cover school option, you can use any cover school in the state of Alabama.

Cover School or Nah?

Picking Curriculum

So many options. Which one to choose?

Curriculum pushes you in the direction you want to go to. When picking a curriculum consider:

  • YOUR GOAL
  • STUDENT’S LEARNING STYLE
  • FIT IN YOUR FAMILY SYSTEM
  • LIKELIHOOD THAT TEACHER (YOU) CAN SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENT MATERIAL
  • STUDENT ENJOYMENT
  • TIME TO IMPLEMENT MATERIAL

Sometimes it takes several different curriculum to meet your goal, and they all come in different packages and sizes. An entire curriculum can range from a workbook to a box of goods.

Below, we have provided you two links. One to popular homeschool curriculum. The other to a company that sells the curriculum, Rainbow Resource. If you have questions, make sure to chat with them as they are willing to answer any questions you may have. You DO NOT have to purchase from them and can often find used curriculum for much cheaper via used curriculum sales and Facebook groups.

 

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