Before we started to homeschool, I really had no idea just how easy it is to remove your child from education and start homeschooling!
I presumed that as it’s a very big step to take/ decision to make, that it would be difficult or at least take time to have the Learning Authority agree to us homeschooling. That’s really not how it works though!
To start homeschooling (a child who is attending school) all you really need to do is make the decision that you want to homeschool, send a letter to the school telling them the date that you will be homeschooling from… and that’s it.
For us it was honestly as simple as that – I have no idea if it’s more complicated in other countries, but I was amazed by how simple it was here.
The school notified the local LA (Learning Authority) that we were now homeschooling and after about 6 weeks of us doing so we did have a meeting with them at home just to make sure that we were educating the teen and that things were going well.
Even this though, we could have elected to just talk to them via email, the acceptance of a visit was very much up to us. During the visit the lovely woman who visited us gave us some advice, let us know they were there if we needed them and then because she was happy with the work we were doing and were planning to do, we won’t see her for a year!
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Although it is really easy to start homeschooling, here’s a few tips that might help to make the process run more smoothly.
A Few Tips For Starting Homeschooling
- Before starting to homeschool writing a list of the subjects you are planning to cover is helpful for yourself and also to show the LA
- Try to take some time to plan some work to do before you start homeschooling. This will obviously depend on your approach to schooling and the subjects you plan to teach, but having a plan will save any eek what on earth will we do today moments.
- Send the letter to the school announcing your homeschool plans via registered post – even if you could just hand it to them. Letters get lost and in theory you could still be subject to fines for non-school attendance if the letter is lost and you don’t have proof that you sent it and they received it.
- Keep a folder or several folders with work you have done or are doing in – being able to show the LA that you are actually doing work is helpful and more likely to mean that they won’t have concerns about whether your child is being educated. If you’re taking a more experience led approach to schooling for younger children, you could keep a folder of photos or drawings etc.
- Don’t be afraid to take a day off, a walk on the beach or a run in the woods counts as PE as far as I’m concerned and the bonus of homeschooling is that you can take ‘school’ out with you for the day and use a day out as a learning experience.
That’s all the tips that I can think of for the moment, if you homeschool and have some more to add, feel free to pop them in the comments below!
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