Step 1: HSLDA & State Resources

So you have decided to take the next step in homeschooling! First you need to find out your state’s requirements. HSLDA is a great resource to get started and calling them is a great way to jump start the process.

HSLDA Map

Here is the link to learn about all 50 states and their homeschooling laws. After finding your state there are even some links that will be able to help you find your county. The laws vary from state to state and from county to county. There is no one uniformed way of regulating homeschooling. Some areas are super strict and others are flexible with their recording methods.

http://www.hslda.org/orgs/default.aspx#State

All this information may seem overwhelming and I have been there. That’s why I have this blog is to help you gather everything but take a deep breath and go baby steps. Most important advice I have is to pray, pray that this is the right direction for you.

After you check out the HSLDA website and find your state requirements. Then go on to find out your local county’s requirements. Stop for the day, review your information, and come back tomorrow for Step 2.

It’s important to just not go on overload and take in all information in one day. A little bit at a time is the way to go. I remember I was so scared to jump the ship on homeschooling, so I understand where you are coming from. I took it one day at a time and I knew that this was the way to go.

From this step it is important to realize that you can call your school board or HSLDA for questions and they are there for you. HSLDA was wonderful to work with when I had a ton of questions and was nervous. I remember asking questions that I thought was silly but they didn’t think that at all. Being an HSLDA member was the best thing I ever did. I do regret not buying the lifetime membership but I was nervous and only did a 3 year membership because I didn’t know how homeschooling would go. Looking back I see it as a lack of faith on my part, because it was the best decision I ever made.