How to Begin
Thinking about what will work best in your particular situation months before the actual homeschooling experience begins is ideal. It also helps to be able to interact with other home educators, read materials and look over different curriculum.
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT
- Have you committed this decision to the Lord and spent time in prayer?
- What are your reasons/motives for home educating your child?
- What goals do you have for your home educated child and yourself as the parent/teacher for this particular school year and in the future?
- What is your educational philosophy?
Familiarize yourself with Ohio’s State Regulations regarding home education which were enacted in 1989. You can find a copy of these here or from the Ohio Department of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215. You can find the homeschooling regulations in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section #3301-34. Determine how to function within the Ohio Regulations.
RECORDS AND PLANS
- State regulations require 900 hours of home education (180 days/5 hours per day). You are not required to submit a daily attendance or hour log.
- You may find lesson plans/calendars helpful, but they are not necessary.
- Make home education a family lifestyle! Plan a flexible schedule. Read to your child.
- Record keeping materials such as grade books and lesson plan books are available through homeschool suppliers, various office supply retailers, or you can make your own. But none of them are required. You can use a notebook to keep your records if you wish.
ASSESSMENT – PLAN AHEAD FOR NEXT YEAR
You will be sending the completed assessment form along with your notification form ONLY when notifying for a subsequent year of home education. Submit these forms, certified mail with a return receipt, to your local superintendent by the time school begins in your district. Keep copies of all that you submit. For more information visit our Year End Evaluation page.
Obtain testing materials and find an approved test administrator to administer the test. The Ohio Regulations require these tests to be Nationally Normed, Standardized, Achievement Tests. If you have a test administered to your child you still have the option to not report those scores (do not turn in test scores lower than the 25th percentile). You can complete a Portfolio Review (Written Narrative) if you choose not to turn in your test scores.
Portfolio Review (Written Narrative)
Keep samples of your child’s work in different subjects showing progress. Keep records of activities, classes and field trips. Pictures and other mementos can also be helpful. Contact an Ohio licensed/certified teacher to complete your portfolio review and sign the required paperwork for your local school system. You can also find the name of a licensed/certified teacher through your local support group.
We strongly encourage all home educators to join Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), PO Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134 (540-338-5600). Membership is $115 yearly (going up to $120/yearly as of 4/1/2013) and provides legal counsel for your family in the event of a homeschool related issue. Your membership also helps to fight legal battles for other home educators across the country. If you become a CHEO member first, then you are eligible for a $20 discount on your HSLDA membership fees.
Join your state organization, Christian Home Educators of Ohio (CHEO), and your local support group. CHEO’s $30 membership fee includes benefits of discounts to the annual State Convention, HSLDA membership and Creation Museum tickets. Contact your regional representative or contact our office for more information.