What are the Different Types of Homeschooling Requirements?

Alex Tree

Homeschooling requirements vary based on the laws of the region where someone is homeschooling his or her child. Normally, however, there are teaching, education, and proof of education requirements. The teaching requirements are essentially how educated the parent must be to begin teaching from home. Education requirements are how educated the region or country requires the child to be in certain subjects, like math and language. Many authorities on education also demand proof of education, meaning the parent must send in regular reports of his or her child’s progress, sometimes in addition to the child being tested by a regular school.

Parents have to juggle the responsibilities of school and parenting when homeschooling.
Parents have to juggle the responsibilities of school and parenting when homeschooling.

The required education level of the parent who will be doing the primary educating varies. In many cases, the parent must prove only that he or she completed compulsory education. Some countries, however, require the parent to have a degree in teaching or attend classes on how to homeschool. Occasionally, the parent must also justify homeschooling his or her child to a board of education or similar authority that has the right to deny the parent’s request to homeschool.

Regional laws and requirements dictate subjects, testing, and skills for homeschooling.
Regional laws and requirements dictate subjects, testing, and skills for homeschooling.

In most cases, the homeschooled child is required to learn certain subjects, such as math, language, and science. Usually, he or she must stay at a level similar to other children his or her age. The parent is typically not limited to the required subjects, however, and may teach a unique curriculum as long as the required skills remain up to par. These particular homeschooling requirements are very common.

Homeschooling allows parents to develop an individualized program for their child, based on the student's interests, strengths and weaknesses, and learning style.
Homeschooling allows parents to develop an individualized program for their child, based on the student's interests, strengths and weaknesses, and learning style.

Many countries demand proof of education by requiring the parent to send progress reports or keep homeschool portfolios of his or her child’s schoolwork. The parent and child might even be inspected in their home to make sure all is well. Some countries require the child to attend a regular school for testing multiple times per year. If the child fails a test, he or she is normally required to attend regular school once again.

Homeschooling curriculums need to meet the same education standards of public schools.
Homeschooling curriculums need to meet the same education standards of public schools.

While the vast majority of countries have at least some homeschooling requirements, both strict and lax, other countries have none. This may be because very few citizens are known to homeschool or the local government has observed little or no problems with letting citizens withdraw their children from a regular school to give them a home-based education. Either way, there are no homeschooling requirements to follow in some countries, but this does not mean they will not be implemented sometime in the future.

Homeschooling allows for more individualized attention when it comes to course work.
Homeschooling allows for more individualized attention when it comes to course work.
Parents who homeschool children allow their kids to work at a pace that is comfortable for them.
Parents who homeschool children allow their kids to work at a pace that is comfortable for them.

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Discussion Comments

rosequartz

Another amazing benefit of homeschooling is being able to choose the homeschool software that fits your students.

Some kids learn best by watching, others learn best by hearing, and there are those who learn best by doing. Every learning style should be met in schools but isn't!

This is why homeschool raises up students who know how to learn and learn well! They know their learning style and they use it to rise to the top!

sunnysideup

Whether you homeschool or un-school your children, as long as you allow them to take standardized tests each year, your children will most likely be on par or in advanced classwork compared to their public-schooled classmates.

The best part of being homeschooled and using homeschool requirements is knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes the public school child has no clue what their learning style is.

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