New to Homeschooling?
New to authentic homeschooling?
Need support educating your children and want to be successful?
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To begin homeschooling in CO-
2) Educate yourself!
3) Call me for help! Sort of kidding but not really.
These links can assist you in your journey.
Link to CO laws- Colorado Department of Education
Homeschool Legal Defense Association - Information and a free newsletter with legal advice
Boulder Valley School District
Basic Information to Get Started Homeschooling-
Letter of Intent (LOI) or Notice of Intent (NOI), you can send this to any district of your choosing.
Keep attendance records - 172 days, 4 hours a day
Keep Immunization records, not needed to submit each year, only when requested
Testing- Grades 3, 5, 7 9, 11 must take standardized tests or have an evaluation (except some umbrella schools), evaluations can be simple, sent to where you sent your LOI
7 Quick Steps to Get Started Homeschooling as Soon as You Want!
1) Connect with parents who are already homeschooling.
Could homeschooling be a good fit for your family? A conversation with experienced homeschooling parents is a great way to get your questions answered, and better understand the commitment, pros, and cons of this educational choice. Building connections and finding support make all the difference! Social media groups, your own circle of friends and acquaintances, and homeschool advocacy groups like those found here are all great ways to make connections.
2) Get to know your states homeschooling laws.
Here are some important questions you’ll want answers to. And we make it easy: click on your state here for a quick summary that answers these questions!
Here are some important questions you’ll want answers to.
Do I have to notify my school district that I’m homeschooling?
Is testing required?
Do I have to keep records of attendance, test results, or anything else?
Can my child participate in sports or other activities at our local public school?
3) Explore your child’s learning preference, your teaching style, and your educational approach.
These are keys that help you find curriculum and educational approach(s) that will work for your child and you!
4) Find your child’s curriculum.
From ready-to-use complete packages to a handpicked eclectic course lineup, your options are boundless! With a little extra planning and prep, you can even take advantage of free educational resources (public or college libraries, online, borrowed, etc.).
Choose homeschool planning tools that work for you. Google “homeschool planner” and you’ll get a plethora.
Here’s a list of free or inexpensive curriculum and budget friendly tips.
Read reviews and explore even more resources here—including complete curriculum packages.
5) Decide where you will homeschool and create your unique school schedule.
And you may want to mix it up occasionally, but starting with a routine and a clear schedule will help you and your kids be on the same page and establish good habits that will last all year long.
Here’s what three homeschool moms had to say about planning:
6) Enjoy the learning process. Plan to re-evaluate with your kids periodically and change anything that isn’t working for you.
Modeling flexibility and a growth mindset will help your children have a positive and creative approach to making things work. Keep records of each child’s progress each year. Is there anything in your Homeschool GPS that needs to be updated or adjusted?
7) Celebrate and highlight your student’s growth and achievement.
Put their best artwork, handwriting practice, essays, math pages, and best efforts on your fridge or in another prominent location.