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Getting Started

with Homeschooling

Getting Started

with Homeschooling

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.


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?
You need to familiarize yourself with the laws in Alabama before you start 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?
Since there are no regulations concerning cover schools in Alabama, they are all different!  Some of the main things you need to consider when looking at cover schools are the following:
  • 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?
For 99% of homeschooling families, the answer is YES!
Your support can come from many places; your friends, family, cover school or local homeschool support group.
Homeschooling is a wonderful adventure, but just like any other area of life we all run into problems at some point and need someone to help us through it.  Sometimes all you may need is an encouraging word and other times you might need someone to sit down with you and help you work on a certain problem.
The support of fellow homeschooling moms can be INVALUABLE.  Who better to learn from than those that have lived it every day?  It can be very easy once you start homeschooling to stay home and not get out very much.  Just be careful that you aren’t isolating yourself and your kids too much.
On the other hand, I caution against signing up for too many activities each year.  We don’t want to be so busy going from activity to activity that we forget math!


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.

Take some time to research homeschooling methods.  One wonderful thing about homeschooling is that you can tailor it to fit your teaching style and your kids learning styles.  Start with the one that fits your family the best.  You can view some information about the methods at:  Hearts At Home


These are some great books with which to begin! 

  The Charlotte Mason Companion

 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

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