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i want to home school my daughter next year. she will be 5 years old. but my only concern is how do i prove im home schooling and how do i know if she is at her grade level in learning. is their some test or documentation i need to get?

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Asked by whitenena at 9:51 AM on Oct. 7, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Call your local school board office. They have the homeschool dept that tells you all you need to know (what they require).

    Answer by admckenzie at 10:03 AM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • OK. First of all you need to check out the homeschooling laws in your state on the HSLDA website, then find a homeschooling co-op or support group, then just relax - because you are doing the best possible thing for your child! :)
    Some states require more than others. Some require curriculum approval and testing, others do not.
    Here in Texas, our only requirement is to teach Reading, Writing, Math, Spelling and Citizenship in a bona-fide manner. I personally believe that "grade level" is simply an organizational tool the public schools use in order to keep track of what they teach to each child; not what the child is capable of or ready for.
    You might also want to check out some of the homeschooling groups on Cafe Mom.
    Good luck to you! :)

    Answer by RanchWifeandMom at 10:12 AM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • thanks you guys.

    Answer by whitenena at 10:14 AM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • I agree with what the other posters said, except DON'T check with your school board. Ours has been known to give out false information regarding homeschooling. You can google "homeschool laws" and your state.

    Check out the Happy Homeschoolers group here on CM. Over 6000 friendly, supportive members and lots of good advice.

    There is a good book series, What Your xx Grader Needs to Know. If gives you an idea of what children should be learning from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Good luck!

    Answer by mancosmomma at 12:18 PM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • ditto what mancosmomma said! Not all school districts have homeschool liaisons and some are downright unfriendly toward homeschoolers. My sister just pulled her kids out of school and she was given patently false information. Go to other homeschoolers in your area and you will likely get much more accurate information.

    I personally don't agree with "grade levels" or testing, so we don't use either. But if you live in an area with stricter laws than I do, you may have to consider those things. Find out your state laws and talk to some other homeschoolers in your state to get a better idea of where to start, what is required, and what is not required.

    Answer by jessradtke at 5:09 PM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • Some of the school boards and and school's themselves are either misinformed or intentionally give out incorrect information.

    Check your state's laws. Read them. Understand them.

    Join the Happy Homeschooler's group and the ladies there will be happy to help you out.

    Answer by DawnA72 at 11:31 PM on Oct. 7, 2009

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