While there are many educational options for families to consider, homeschooling is gaining traction and popularity. Homeschooling is an educational movement around the country in which parents chose to educate their children in the home, rather than in a traditional private, public, or charter school.
Texas Homeschooling Curriculum Requirements
Homeschooling curriculum can vary from family to family and student to student. Families can chose from a wide range of online curriculum, and can also find a number of support groups online and locally to help make some of those decisions.
It’s important to note that there is no expectation that one curriculum source would work for all subjects or even for the entire year. Accountability for students who are homeschooled vary from state to state. According to www.texasunschoolers.com, families in Texas only have to uphold three requirements to homeschool:
● The instruction must be bona fide
● 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.
There are no reporting agencies and no testing requirements for homeschoolers. The state of Texas does not regulate homeschoolers once they have been removed from the public school system.
Additionally, “In 1994 the Texas Supreme Court unanimously upheld lower court decisions that home schools, by law, are considered private schools. Private schools are exempt from the compulsory attendance requirements placed upon public school attendees. Private schools in Texas are not regulated by the state.”
Why Families Choose Homeschooling
The top 6 reasons parents give for choosing to homeschool their student(s)?:
● To avoid negative social situations
● To ensure their student gets a quality education, free of distractions
● To improve social interactions
● To ensure students with disabilities are supported adequately
● To avoid over-testing
● For religious purposes
Common Misconceptions About Homeschooling
People often mistakenly assume that homeschooling is easy. Some parents envision days where their student(s) are working quietly while providing an opportunity for the parent to prepare dinner, do chores, laundry, or catch up on miscellaneous housework.
The truth is, homeschooling, while incredibly rewarding, is a lot of work. You need to decide on, or develop, curriculum. It’s important to be thorough and organized. You have to challenge your recall of facts that you learned long ago in school.
Most importantly, you need to learn how to navigate the precarious balance of being both a parent and an inspiring and motivating educator.
Planting Seeds Tutoring and Homeschooled Students
Planting Seeds Tutoring often provides tutoring to supplement home school educations. If you are homeschooling and want reinforcement or enrichment in one or more subject areas, our one-on-one tutoring maintains the individual, caring attention of your home school environment.
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