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1. Understanding Homeschooling and State Laws

  • What is Homeschooling? Homeschooling refers to education that occurs outside of the public or private school system. While the term includes the term “home,” learning can take place anywhere and at any time. It is distinct from “remote learning” or “virtual school,” providing flexibility in schedules.
  • Check Your State’s Homeschooling Laws One of the initial steps is to understand your state’s homeschooling laws. Laws vary, and it’s crucial to stay informed. Visit your state’s Department of Education website for the most up-to-date information, as homeschool requirements may change.

2. Connecting with Local Homeschool Groups

  • The Value of Homeschool Groups Homeschool groups and co-ops are invaluable resources for newcomers. They offer a wealth of information, encouragement, and socialization opportunities. Many groups provide classes, field trips, and insights from experienced homeschoolers.
  • Join the Horizon School Online Families Community Connect with other homeschooling families by joining the Horizon School Online Families Facebook group. Share experiences, ask questions, and receive advice on homeschooling and parenting.

3. Enrolling in Horizon School Online

  • About Horizon School Online Founded in 2004, Horizon School Online is a national leader in online homeschooling. Explore the “How it Works” page to understand how Horizon School Online makes homeschooling easier for parents and more enjoyable for kids. Discover what sets it apart from other homeschool programs on the “Top 5 Reasons to Homeschool with Horizon School Online” page.

4. Creating a Schedule and Educational Plan

  • Planning Your Child’s Learning Day Upon enrollment in Horizon School Online, plan your child’s learning day. Having a schedule and goals in place is crucial. Decide on the subjects to be covered each day and set achievable lesson completion targets.
  • Tools for Planning Horizon School Online members have access to detailed lesson plans and a student planner, aiding in daily organization. Additionally, utilize free printable homeschool planners and goals, strengths, and needs planners.
  • Flexibility in Homeschooling Embrace the flexibility of homeschooling. Unlike traditional schools, there’s no strict schedule or mandated hours. Find a routine that suits your family and adjust as needed.

5. Trusting the Homeschooling Process

  • Abundant Opportunities in Homeschooling Homeschooling provides numerous opportunities not typically found in traditional school settings. While there may be some trial and error, trust the process. Discover what works best for you and your child. Whether homeschooling for a few years or through high school graduation, cherish the time spent learning together.

The live classroom sessions are scheduled to commence in the first week of September 2024