Homeschooling in Kentucky is fairly easy and pretty laid back compared to most states. This will probably be one of the most informational posts you’ll find that cuts straight to the chase. Bookmark it and come back as much as you need it.
What are the most important things I need to know about homeschooling in Kentucky?
For starters, it is 100% legal to homeschool your children in Kentucky. The following are the most important things you should know upon deciding to homeschool:
- Regardless of when you plan to start, you will need to notify the superintendent of your local school board in writing. The letter must include the name, ages and residence of each child in attendance of the homeschool. Find a sample letter here.
- The legal age of children that must be homeschooled is between the ages of six (6) and 18.
- Minimal record keeping is required in the event you want to transfer your child to an institution. The record keeping should contain courses taken and grades received. Click here for a free record keeping pack.
- The minimum school term is 1062 instructional hours, or 185 days.
- Subjects taught should include reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, mathematics, science, and civics. It is the parents’ right to offer other subjects.
Some of this may seem intimidating at first, however, it is quite easy to get the hang of. Once you find a system that works for you, it’s easy peasy!
How do I know what to teach and where do I get the resources?
Per the Kentucky Department of Education, the parent is responsible providing the curriculum and the instructional materials for children being homeschooled. Don’t panic! There are tons of FREE RESOURCES just a click away. (Snag your Welcome to Homeschooling goodies at the end of this post.)
As mentioned before, the main subjects you’ll want to ensure your children learn (per law) are:
Many of these subjects can be combined and taught simultaneously using a method known as unit studying. For a brief overview of the different methods some people choose to use to homeschool their children click here.
If you want to find out certain concepts typically taught for a specific age or grade, I recommend utilizing Google. There are tons of websites like Time 4 Learning that offer thorough information for each grade.
When it comes to getting the actual resources, your possibilities are virtually limitless. You can purchase boxed curricula which usually comes with everything already laid out for, down to the daily lesson plans. There are also options to buy individual workbooks (whether purchased from a publisher or the Dollar Tree).
The do-it-yourself route is the most flexible way and saves the most money. There is a little work to do on your behalf, BUT you can pick and choose resources based on your child’s exact learning needs. These resources can be pieced together from the public library, online resources (like Teachers Pay Teachers), or even thrift stores.
Also keep in mind that home education does not have to look like public or private school. In fact, a lot more learning can take place in homeschooling because of its versatility. Imagine being able to go on field trips whenever and wherever you want, or incorporating real life into learning??
Homeschooling truly offers that, and more!
I still have concerns.
When you’re new to homeschooling, it is very common to have ongoing concerns. You may wonder if you’re doing it right, if your children are actually learning, or if you’re on the right track.
This is all perfectly normal, and thanks to modern day movements – especially in technology – you don’t have to do this alone. There are lots of support groups both local and online that provide reliable resources tools and support.
Below is a somewhat detailed list of resources to check into:
- Outta’ Box Homeschooling Community (my Facebook group for homeschooling moms)
- Kentucky Homeschooling
- Central Kentucky Homeschool Families
- Homeschooling in Kentucky
- Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool Kentucky
- Central Kentucky Homeschool Social Group
- Louisville Homeschool
- Kentucky Homeschooling for College Credit
Online Learning Resources:
- Huddleston Academy Live Academics (our online academy)
- Adventure Academy
- Time 4 Learning
- Discovery Education
- Rising Math
- Xtra Math
- Hoffman Academy (free piano lessons)
Start Homeschooling with Grace & Ease
Despite there being a small to-do list, a few things you may need/want to gather, and the questions/concerns – don’t worry. I have a Welcome to Homeschooling pack for you that has a few resources to help get you started. Get it below! I am also just a message away should you need personalized help!
CHIME IN: Are you new to homeschooling? What concerns or questions do you have? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll answer them ASAP!