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How does Homeschooling in the United States operate?

Homeschooling, a particular form of education, has been popular in the United States for many years. Many American parents teach their children at home instead of sending them to local public/private schools. Homeschooling may involve parents teaching their children themselves or letting them take online classes at home.

American parents choose to teach their children at home for various reasons, such as believing that traditional school education methods are unreasonable, having particular religious beliefs, having special needs that are not suitable for ordinary schools, and having their own unique educational philosophy.

In the past few years, the number of children receiving homeschooling in the United States has been increasing yearly. According to relevant data, there are now over 2 million children receiving homeschooling in the United States.

How does Homeschooling in the United States operate?-Desk A Doo

How do you know if a child is suitable for homeschooling?

Compared to traditional school education, the teaching method of homeschooling has greater flexibility, and it is generally believed that the following types of children are more suitable for receiving education at home:
There is a significant difference in children’s grades in different subjects, with some subjects performing exceptionally well (even almost at a “genius” level) and others performing poorly. Homeschools can develop more personalized courses based on the child’s talents and abilities;
Children have some special needs, such as sensory or learning disabilities, which cannot adapt well to ordinary school life;
Children who mainly prefer hands-on activities, or those with ADHD, are more suitable for homeschooling;
Children have severe social anxiety, making it difficult for them to learn, usually in unfamiliar school environments. However, family environments can make children feel more secure and can help them relax;
Children often need to follow their parents when moving, and some parents may work and require business trips, frequently moving to different cities. Therefore, instead of letting their children adapt to a new school every few months, it is better to provide them with homeschooling.

How do you start homeschooling at home?

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but state policies vary.
Some states have almost no requirements, some require regular tests and evaluations for their children, and some require parents who teach their children at home to have a high school diploma or university degree… Specific information can be found on the official website of the education department in their respective states.

Parents must comply with their state’s homeschooling policy. Otherwise, they may be sued.

Generally speaking, if a child has never attended school (before school age), parents can start providing homeschooling at home at any time after understanding the local policies of homeschooling.

However, suppose the child has already attended school. In that case, the parents must first write a “dropout letter” to the school indicating that the child will leave and engage in homeschooling, which requires permission before starting.

After confirming that homeschooling can start, parents must prepare various materials for their children to study and begin developing a study plan! The United States has dedicated and comprehensive school textbooks and many online courses that can help parents better complete their children’s education.

In addition, various states and even communities in the United States have mutual aid groups composed of parents who choose Homeschool. Everyone shares the Homeschool’s experience and teaching resources, and some parents will give their children separate lectures based on Homeschoolwn’s strengths; one Homeschool person specializes in teaching mathematics to all homeschooled children in this community, while the other specializes in teaching art. Parents in need can also join mutual aid groups to receive more support.

Because it is taught from home, there is no need to be too rigid in designing the child’s learning schedule as long as overall regularity can be maintained. For example, some children may enjoy conducting scientific experiments before bed. Therefore, parents of homeschooling may consider adapting to their children’s needs and scheduling “scientific experiment classes” at night without affecting their normal sleep.

From the curriculum perspective, homeschooling does not have such an “assembly line.” Although most parents still cover all the courses already available in ordinary schools, some also design their children’s curriculum more personally, more in line with their children’s interests and characteristics.

Therefore, homeschooling provides a lot of space and flexibility for parents who do not want their children to be trained by “standard education”, allowing them to express their educational ideas freely.

A significant problem with homeschooling at home is that children have limited daily contact with people, especially those who cannot be with their peers every day, like those who homeschool to school usually.

Therefore, parents of American homeschools also pay special attention to taking their children to participate in regular group social activities, such as those organized by homeschoolers or community homeschool mutual aid groups, to cultivate children’s social skills.

Conclusion: Is Homeschooling Right for Your Family?

As we have explored the pros of homeschooling in the USA, it is evident that this educational choice offers numerous benefits for students and parents. From personalized learning experiences and one-on-one instruction to flexibility, customization, and a strong sense of family unity, homeschooling empowers families to unlock their full potential.

However, it is essential to carefully consider your family’s unique needs and circumstances before embarking on the homeschooling journey. Research the homeschooling regulations in your state, explore the available curriculum options, and contact local homeschooling communities for support and guidance. Reflect on your parenting style, educational goals, and commitment to nurturing and stimulating learning environments.

Homeschooling is profoundly personal and requires careful consideration and a commitment to ongoing learning and growth. By weighing the benefits, addressing the challenges, and dispelling the misconceptions, you can make an informed choice that best suits your family’s needs. Remember, homeschooling is not just an educational path; it is a transformative journey that can shape your children’s future and strengthen the bonds within your family.


If you are considering homeschooling or have already begun your homeschooling journey, I encourage you to explore the available resources and support. Connect with local homeschooling groups, join online communities, and attend conventions or conferences. Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Together, we can unlock the potential of homeschooling and provide our children with an education that truly empowers them.

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