Questions for consideration:
- Have you committed this decision to the Lord and spent time in prayer?
- What are your reasons/motives for home educating your child?
- What goals do you have for your child and yourself as the parent/teacher for this particular school year and in the future?
- What is your educational philosophy?
1. Read the state regulations…
Familiarize yourself with Missouri’s laws regarding home education. You can find a copy here.
2. Withdraw from public schools…
- If your child is currently enrolled in school, click here to learn about how to withdraw them from school and begin home education.
3. A plan for keeping records and creating lesson plans…
- State law require 1000 hours of home education. Check here for details on those requirements. You are not required to submit daily attendance or hour log.
- You may find lesson plans/calendars helpful, but they are not necessary.
- Record keeping materials such as grade books and lesson plan books are available through homeschool suppliers, various office supply retailers, or you can make your own. You can use a notebook to keep your records if you wish.
5. Legal Coverage…
- We strongly encourage all home educators to join Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
- Membership is $120/yr. and provides legal counsel for your family in the event of a homeschool related issue. Your membership also helps to fight legal battles for other home educators across the country.
- If you use our code, then you are eligible for a $20 discount on your HSLDA membership fees.
6. Support Groups…
- Find a support group or co-op here to gain support from other home educators.