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Checklist: Getting a Homeschool Started

Taking charge of your children's education is a big responsibility. Parents like to know exactly what homeschooling entails before they jump in with both feet. The following information is a checklist to help you get started, it is not necessary to accomplish each of these suggestions before beginning your home school.

Research Homeschooling

Investigate the Legalities

This is not to be construed as legal advice

Each state has its own rules and regulations that affect homeschools. Fortunately, for Missourians, the state has favorable homeschooling laws. It is essential that homeschooling families determine exactly what their state requires.

If you choose to homeschool a child who is currently enrolled in a public school, the following sample withdrawal letter may be helpful to you. Please be aware that you are not required by Missouri law to submit a withdrawal letter to your public school system. Sample Withdrawal Letter

Please note that in 1990, the law was modified to require parents who wish to remove five and six-year-old children from a public school setting to do so in writing. This is merely a notification, not a request of permission or to be construed as a registration.

Evaluate Your Family's Needs

Homeschooling allows the opportunity for the school to accommodate the family, rather than the family accommodating the school. To do this, families must take time to identify and analyze their specific characteristics and needs. Consider the following:

Select a Curriculum

Once your family's needs have been identified and analyzed, use them to guide you as you acquire curriculum. For example, families desiring a strong measure of structure should consider curricula offering pre-planned lessons and a well-defined course of study. Such families might even consider enrolling in a satellite school offering ongoing counseling and oversight. On the other hand, families desiring less structure might consider a unit study program or perhaps even developing their own curriculum from resources available at home and in the community. The purchase of curriculum is one of the most important homeschooling decisions your family will make so care should be taken to thoroughly investigate the options available.

Plan the Paperwork

Once your curriculum decision has been made, the next step is to put that curriculum into action.

Get Organized

Now that your homeschool program is ready, create and environment conducive to learning.


In the hubbub over curriculum and lesson plans, take care not to lose sight of the social element.

Points to Remember