Southwest Home Education Ministry


How to Begin


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.