Frequently Asked Questions
A great place to go if you want to join a homeschooling group is Facebook.
I know a lot of people aren’t big fans of Facebook (and fair enough), but if you’re new to homeschooling, Facebook is a really great place to connect to those in the community who are homeschooling.
You can simply type in your area, followed by ‘homeschooling group’ or ‘homeschool group’.
Also try variations of this like ‘home educator’, ‘home educating’ or ‘home schooling’.
If this doesn’t work, broaden your area a little and see if the homeschoolers in your area are listed under a broader homeschooling area.
(This is like zooming out on a map).
If you’re in Australia, all the work has been done for you at this link.
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Are you concerned you don’t have the right homeschooling qualifications to teach your child? Have you ever wondered if you have to be a certified teacher to educate your kids at home?
You will be glad to know that you usually need no qualifications.
I think there are definitely good characteristics to have if you’re thinking about how to homeschool, but generally, you don’t need any qualifications.
Instead, the best characteristics to have are love, patience, kindness, and gentleness.
The reason you don’t need homeschooling qualifications is that parents who have teaching qualifications don’t produce children with higher homeschooler academic outcomes.
The HSLDA said this on this topic:
Whether either parent was a certified teacher did not matter:
Certified (i.e., either parent ever certified)—87th percentile
Not certified (i.e., neither parent ever certified)—88th percentile
You see…there’s no difference if you have a teaching degree or not!
You will make an equally good homeschooling teacher with or without teaching qualifications!
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Each state in America or Australia has its own home schooling requirements.
Depending on the state you live in, the requirements for homeschooling will be different.
To find out the guidelines for homeschooling in your state, head to the HSLDA website and look at the home schooling requirements there.
Some states have really strict homeschooling rules, while others are more flexible.
If you live in America, home schooling requirements by state can be found at HSLDA. The HSLDA has updated and accurate information on this topic.
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There’s plenty of things you need to consider when you ask this question, so make sure you How Do I Start Homeschooling When I Don’t Know Where to Begin?.
Most homeschooling parents have a routine which they follow every day. In most homeschooling routines, parents also have a schedule which contains information about when and what their children will be studying that day. Homeschools generally have a lot more free time as they do only an average of 2-3 hours of homework a day. Despite this, there’s plenty of evidence suggesting homeschoolers perform above average, compared to their peers in public school.
The cost of homeschooling for one year averages out to be around $2000 a student per year. You can significantly reduce these costs by reusing old homeschooling books and bypassing the optional lessons, like swimming or art lessons. See more.
Homeschooling is the education of children at home by the children’s parents. Homeschooling is not school at home; that is, homeschooling isn’t meant to be the replication of school at home by parents. Rather, it is far more individual than that. With homeschooling, there are so many ways to homeschool (see 10 Ways to Homeschool) and so a homeschooling education looks very different depending on the parents and the children. To read more about homeschooling see What is Homeschooling (and the Homeschooling Definition)?