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That’s OK! Not every school teacher teaches every subject! For the elementary grades, a textbook with a teachers guide will give you the structure and the teaching tools that you need. When your child reaches high school, that can be the time to call on subject specialists to help you out! You can reach out to your friends, family, faith community, homeschool groups, local networks, and online communities to meet your child’s needs in a unique and personalized way. For an added boost to your confidence, keep in mind that homeschooling uniquely melds two of the strongest predictors of academic achievement: parental involvement and one-on-one learning.

First, you might be surprised to discover that the typical homeschool day—especially for elementary-aged children—takes a lot less time than it does in a traditional school setting.

But your instinct to consider the time commitment is right on. Homeschooling is a big investment for you as a parent. It involves taking full responsibility for your child’s education—planning out their school year and field trips, arranging for testing or other assessments, recordkeeping, figuring out what parts you will teach and what parts you might delegate to a tutor, a co-op, another parent, or an online or local course, etc.

And you’re already wearing a lot of hats—that’s true, too! Homeschooling is incredibly flexible—that gives you the beautiful opportunity to completely customize your homeschool schedule around your child’s learning pace and interests, your family’s calendar, and unique learning opportunities.

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What to Teach

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The Big Questions About High School

Can I really teach high school–level courses? Do homeschool graduates get into college? If you’re considering homeschooling your high schooler, you probably have lots of questions.
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30 Minutes: All It Took to Prove This Homeschool Family Followed the Law

Public school officials wanted to know more about what these homeschool parents intended to teach their 18-year-old son. So they took the family to court. parents wanted to teach their son. So they took them to court.
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Ready, Set, Go! Choosing Homeschool Curriculum (and More!)

Have questions about starting to homeschool, choosing curriculum, or motivating your kids? Curriculum expert Cathy Duffy and HSLDA Educational Consultants LaNissir James and Kristi Horner team up to help a new homeschool mom with answers and tools.
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Thinking about Homeschooling? Q&A

Wondering about homeschooling, is it right for you, the pros and cons, am I qualified to teach my kids, can I work full time while homeschooing? Join a homeschool expert and two HSLDA attorneys for answers!
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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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Tutors? Co-ops? Private schools?

A state law primer for the new-to-homeschooling parent.
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Your best homeschooling qualification

Here’s the bottom line: being attentive, caring parents is what equips us to be good teachers—not holding a certificate.
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Am I Qualified to Homeschool?

Wondering if you are qualified to homeschool, what personalized home education can look like, and what to do about more challenging subjects? Join an HSLDA consultant and HSLDA Staff Attorney as they answer these questions.
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You Can Homeschool Through High School!

Learn about homeschooling through high school, transcripts, dual-enrollment, accreditation, creating a 4-year plan, and more from HSLDA Senior Counsel Mike Donnelly, HSLDA Director of Group Services Darren Jones, and an HSLDA High School Consultant.
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