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Work and Homeschool – How to Begin

work and homeschool

I put off homeschooling for over 12 years because I was working full-time. I finally got so frustrated with the school system that I just went for it. And did it! And I met many other working parents who were homeschooling, too. Now, after nearly 20 years of homeschooling, while working, I can truly proclaim yes, you can work and homeschool. Here’s how to begin.

Whether you are new to homeschooling, already working and homeschooling, need or would like to work and want to continue homeschooling, or are looking for new ideas and support, YOU CAN DO IT!

Exit plan

Even if your child is not yet in school, there are a few things to be aware of and take care of before you start homeschooling. First, it is a good idea to comply with the laws of your state. A simple search should turn up useful results. Type homeschooling in and the name of your state into the search bar.

Many states simply require some kind of form to be filled out. Some school districts may require more. A good resource for this type of info is the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.

File the appropriate paperwork. Wave bye-bye to school.

Know your rights

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Some states have more stringent requirements and oversight than others.

The Homeschool Legal Defense Association has a wealth of information for members on its website. They are also very responsive and helpful, especially when social services comes knocking on your door. If this should happen to you, as a member, you call HSLDA, get your attorney on the phone and let them talk to the police or social worker – whom you do not let in the door.

When I homeschooled in Arizona, I just had to file an Affidavit of Homeschooling with the local school district once. I only had to inform them if I stopped homeschooling.

In California, there are several options. The one I use is the Private School Affidavit. I put this off for the longest time. When I finally moved back in with my dad, I was shocked at how easy it was and dismayed that I never knew that. I would have homeschooled my kids a long time ago if I had.

How I did it

Initially, I tried to enroll my kids in my Catholic parish school. There was a 2-year wait. Then I signed them up with a charter school. They told me they would call me when the books came in. I never heard from them again until 6 months later, after we had moved out of state.

Next, we moved to Arizona. I put two of the kids in a charter school and one in public school. Three things happened in rapid succession:

The Catholic school called and said they had openings.

The Charter school (in California) called and asked why I never showed up.

The teacher called from public school and complained because my son was doodling in class and making the other kids laugh.

I got disgusted and pulled them all out. I filed my paperwork, purchased a boxed curriculum – that’s a whole ‘nuther story – and slowly evolved towards homeschooling my children.

Coming up next in this series (though it won’t be the next post on the blog) : Work and Homeschool – Child Care.

For more info, ideas, and tons of resources about working and homeschooling check out my book: The Working Parent’s Guide to Homeschooling.


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