This is a list of some of the first things you need to do to get started homeschooling.
1. Become familiar with the Alabama state law concerning church schools.
2. Find a cover school to join.
3. Choose and purchase your curriculum.
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
The main thing to remember when you are thinking about homeschooling is do NOT withdraw your children from their current school until you are officially enrolled in a cover school!
The state of Alabama gives you three days from the time you withdraw to be enrolled in a new school. Most administrators cannot meet every day to enroll new families, so it might take some time to get you enrolled.
You don’t want to take the chance of becoming truant and illegal while making a change.
What does Alabama law say about homeschooling?
In the state of Alabama, homeschoolers fall under the “church school” section of the law. Each homeschool cover school operates as a church school and the parents are the faculty of that school.
HERE is a Summary of Alabama’s Homeschool Law by the HSLDA. And HERE is a .pdf of an analysis of the Alabama Homeschool Law.
What should I look for in a cover school?
- Yearly tuition and fees
- What are the enrollment requirements?
- Does the school require you to turn in grades?
- Does the school require membership to a specific church or do they require a statement of faith?
- Does the school require you to use a specific curriculum?
- Does the school require attendance to meetings or school events?
- Does the school offer assistance with choosing curriculum or other things you might need help with?
There are many more questions that you might think to ask when checking around, but here are a few to get you started:
Do I really need a support group?
Where do I get curriculum?
Most people purchase their books online.
You can also find local used book sales in the summer or you can purchase them at homeschool conventions. We host a used curriculum and book sale each summer.
In my opinion, once you pick a cover school, choosing curriculum is the hardest part of homeschooling. There are SO MANY choices out there and it can be very overwhelming!
Please remember that if you start using a curriculum and it just isn’t working, there is nothing wrong with changing curriculum or you can simply use it for a year and choose something else the next year.
We have a list of links for curriculum here.
These are some great books with which to begin!