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Choosing to serve in the military is a big decision, and you want to set your teen up for success! But the exact hows and whens depend on a few factors: Which branch? Does your student want to join as an enlisted soldier or sailor, or as an officer? What about college?

Check out our post on preparing to enter the military to learn how to identify the best stepping stones for your teen to reach their goals.

You should follow the law of the state in which you are physically present.

Why? When you are physically present in a state, even temporarily, you are subject to that state’s laws—and often to the jurisdiction of its courts. So you could be required to comply with that state’s homeschool law. This is true even if your legal residency is in another state and you are only living elsewhere temporarily (such as if you are an active member of the military completing a temporary assignment).

Will you be living in another state longer than a month while that state’s public schools are in session? HSLDA generally recommends that you comply with that state’s homeschool requirements. This general recommendation applies even if you and/or your spouse pay taxes, own property, and/or have employment in a different state.

If you’re an HSLDA member, please contact our Legal Team for specific advice about how state home education laws apply in your specific situation.

Well, it depends! Homeschooling is so personalized to each child and each family—you may be surprised at how much homeschool budgets can vary. If you have the time and flexibility to take advantage of opportunities to borrow curriculum, use the library, shop for used books, find reusable, multi-level, or free curriculum, and exchange services for extras like music, art, etc., you might pare your costs down to $50–100 per student. Adding in some paid extras like co-ops, online courses, enrichment classes, or sports could bring your budget up to $300–500. And if you opt for tutors, video courses, or all-inclusive curriculum packages, your cost may easily be $500 on up. (Still, that’s a lot less than private school!)

You can check out more creative ways to stretch your dollars here.

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How to Develop a National or Regional Homeschool Organization

HSLDA and its partners offer helpful advice on how to develop a homeschool organization in your region.
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Midwinter Check-in: How’s Your Homeschool Going?

How to “take your family’s homeschool temperature” with your kids, adapt, and adjust to keep homeschooling working well for your whole family: watch webinar!
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How to Choose or Change Your Homeschool Curriculum

How do I know what homeschool curriculum is right for my child and me? What if it isn’t working? When can I change? What does state law say? Watch this webinar!
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Ready? Set Your Homeschool GPS!

How to set a personalized course for your homeschool journey . . . We walk you through identifying the what, why, and how of your family's homeschool!
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What’s an SEP / IEP / ISP?

You’ve decided to homeschool your special needs child. Now you have to figure out the “how”! The questions can be overwhelming, but a homeschool student education plan (SEP) can help you stay organized and focused on what really matters.
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What Is Freedom For?

What does homeschooling look like? Every family is beautiful and unique—here’s a quick glimpse of how freedom enables every family to homeschool in the way that’s best for their children.
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Rising Sun, Rising Movement

Japana’s recent homeschool conference revealed how much the movement has grown—and the challenges it has yet to overcome.
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Czech Republic

Legal status and resources on how to homeschool in the Czech Republic
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How to Comply with Massachusetts' Homeschool Law

Are you considering homeschooling your child? You can do it! As you get started, it’s important to make sure you comply with the education laws where you live. This page helps you understand how to homeschool legally in Massachusetts—step-by-step.
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Developing a Child Protection Policy

A child protection policy is a vital part of any growing homeschool support group or co-op. HSLDA attorney Darren Jones explains how to create a policy to keep your children safe.
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