This post is a continuation, a personal quest educating myself on how to home school in Texas. There was so much I learned just by personal research. After all the note taking and book marking on homeschooling, I compiled what I thought would be the most informative and pertinent information to share with yall. The original post that started this craziness was: How in the world do I go about homeschooling?
First off, let me just say, Texas is a homeschooling friendly state! Parents or “one standing in parental authority” can homeschool children. There are no special qualifications for Texas parents to educate their children at home, so that means parents do not need a college degree, or college credit and no rigorous certifications need not apply! I think that’s a super plus!
According to the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC), to homeschool in Texas, the only guidelines that parents must abide by are as follows:
- Instruction must be bona fide (i.e., not a sham) .
- Curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor).
- Curriculum must include reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.
In addition to this, Texas does not regulate the number of days of school instruction, and does not require minimum number of hours to homeschool each day. Homeschooling can start at anytime! Yearly school curriculum is chosen by homeschooling parent(s). School districts do not have any control over home schooling curricula. In addition to this, home schooling students are not required to take any standardized tests or STAAR tests. Homeschooled students can always make the transition into the public school system at any time, provided they are expected to take placement assessment tests to determine course work levels. In addition to this, home school curriculum will also be reviewed to establish credit.
In a previous post, I was not able to reach out to home schooling parents to pick their home schooling brains, so I willfully pressed on with more independent research, hopped onto the world wide web, and googled Texas Education Agency (TEA). Got on the phone, with this state agency as I felt this was a good time than any to speak to an actual human on this subject.
On the phone with a TEA representative, I specifically asked:
“What is the organization that offers assistance to parents who are interested in homeschooling their children in Texas?”
Per TEA representative, for parents interested in homeschooling, I was referred to the TEA website to obtain more information for myself on the subject.
Prior to any research on homeschooling, I listed a bunch of questions about home schooling!!! After spending a few days reviewing the Texas Home School Coalition, I found direct answers to many of my questions, it eliminated many negative assumptions and internal anxieties of this subject.
In addition to the websites listed on this post, I am also attaching this informative youtube video, Keeping Texas Families Free – History of Home Schooling in Texas . It is a short video explaining how homeschooling in Texas became to be!
If you are considering home schooling and reside in Texas, I hope this information was helpful. I encourage you to review the Texas Home School Coalition website for more information as a starting point.
For parents beyond Texas, considering home schooling as an alternative to public school, a good starting place is to contact your local educational agency or state department for more information. And if you can find a seasoned homeschooling expert, maybe talk over some coffee…and take a lot of REALLY GOOD notes!!!! If and when I am to speak with a real life 3D home school parent to shed more light on this subject and get tips, tricks, low lights and high lights on this subject, yall will be the first know!
As for now, I am moving on to (and not in any specific order), I will be taking on the daunting task of researching pre school curricula, teach myself how to create a lesson plan, figuring out teaching and learning styles…I will keep you posted on how everything goes.
If you have any questions about homeschooling, share it in the comments area, because more than likely I had a very similar question or thought…I would love to help you in finding answers.