HOW TO HOMESCHOOL IN ALABAMA


  1.  Withdraw from school if you are currently enrolled somewhere (ask your specific school for their procedure).  

**All of the following are optional. Each family is different and should choose their own path** 

  • Take the week off; seriously!
  • Learn about de-schooling (not to be confused with un-schooling
  • Obtain records from previous school
  • Submit your intent to homeschool to local school system
  • Research curriculums
  • Join a co-op
  • Join some Facebook groups 

**Only #1 is a requirement, all others are suggestions and/or personal choices**


REQUIREMENTS

 

  • You do not turn in attendance, grades, immunization records, etc
  • You do not have to follow public school standards or regulations
  • There is not a specified number of days, or hours per day to adhere to
  • There is not specific requirements for curriculum, courses, graduation credits, etc.
  • You do not report to anyone, unless you choose to enroll in a cover school

The lack of regulations can be hard for a new HSer to grasp.

A great place to get more information is: https://www.alsde.edu/ofc/osp/Pages/home.aspx 

DE-SCHOOLING

Deschooling is the process of changing over from traditional school to homeschool. It is also a chance to decompress if your family has been struggling with difficult situations at a traditional school. It cannot be overstated how beneficial this is for both children and parents.



CURRICULUM

Choosing curriculums can be the most overwhelming aspect of homeschooling. If you want to jump right in, look at one of the following sites that offer online instruction:

  • allinonehomeschool.com (free) 
  • https://www.time4learning.com (cheap)
  • https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-curriculum-reviews/

These two already have your daily schedule worked out and are user-friendly. As you become more comfortable, you can customize and add supplements as you choose. ----  There are literally thousands of options ranging from free to many hundreds of dollars. When researching curriculums, first decide if you prefer:

  • Christian or Secular
  • Online or Books
  • Common Core or Traditional
  • Tests/grading or No Tests

SET UP A CLASSROOM...OR NOT

Many HSers try to replicate traditional school at home. Think twice about your decision.

Know “why” you want to get away from traditional school so that you will not recreate those same issues at home.

Almost every decision in traditional school is made based on crowd-control, from rules, schedules, what is taught, how the classrooms are arranged, eating times, etc.

Unless, you have 20 children, there is no need to do it like traditional school does it.

Many families find it more productive to allow children to learn on the sofa in pajamas while eating a snack, instead of getting dressed on time and sitting at a formal desk while waiting for a designated snack time.

Other families enjoy a rigid schedule with formal rules.

There is no right or wrong way.

It is important to understand “why” you do what you do, instead of doing things based on the status quo.


PUBLIC HOMESCHOOL

The information on this website does not apply to public homeschoolers.

It is a common misconception that homeschool and public school are mutually exclusive; not true.

The term 'homeschool' literally means 'school at home'.

Alabamians can choose to school at home while remaining enrolled in public school.

This is a great option for homeschooling families who enjoy the curriculum and accountability of public school,

but do not want to report to a physical school building for daily classes.    

http://www.accessdl.state.al.us/