Homeschooling in Kansas City Guide
Easily navigate homeschooling your children with our complete Homeschool Guide!
There are so many things to consider – the best homeschool programs, virtual & online homeschool programs, homeschooling requirements, do I need an accredited homeschool program? …the list goes on & on.
So, let us help you find all the answers you need to have a successful homeschooling experience with your family. Find all the info you need below:
Homeschooling Tips: How to Homeschool
As many families are thinking about school plans for next year, a growing number of families will choose homeschooling.
If you are one of them, here are a few tips to get a jump start on your homeschooling year:
- Talk with your kids.
Explain to them why you’re choosing homeschooling. Depending on the ages of your kids, this will look different. For a younger child, you may be playing together and say, “I’m so excited that we are going to spend more time playing and learning together at home.” With an older child, explain that you are eager for him to have extra time pursuing a passion of his. This will be an ongoing conversation throughout your child’s school years. Be sure to include your kids in the planning process so they can take ownership too. Our family has made posters with everyone’s reasons and we hang them in our school room.
- Develop relationships with another homeschool family or co-op.
These people will be your mentors and support system. Take the opportunity to learn from someone else’s experiences, ask lots of questions and develop allies.
- Visit a homeschool convention, used book sale, information night or other event.
The Midwest Parent Educators convention offers a vendor hall and a variety of speakers. Take time to peruse the vendor hall and, if your kids are old enough, have them look with you. Listen to the speakers and absorb all that you can. Don’t buy anything the first day. Think it over and come back the next day. Something I learned: it’s worth the cost in shipping if you decide to get something after the conference rather than buying a bunch of stuff that you don’t end up using. If you can’t make it to the convention, several libraries and co-ops will host events throughout the spring and summer to help you get started.
- Get a planner and start writing everything you do with your kids.
Better yet, get them in on the process and discuss it at the end of each day while you write. If they’re old enough, have them do the writing. We’ll talk about why later, just do it!
Homeschool Curriculum Ideas:
There are so many options when choosing the best homeschool curriculum for your family. Our homeschool expert Brigette gathered the best K-12 curriculums, depending on what your child’s needs are.
You can find fully online homeschool curriculum, supplemental programs & many other options. Explore your options now!
Homeschool PE & Other Activities
Whether you want to meet new homeschool families at homeschool PE or you’re looking for homeschool band groups, there’s tons around KC.
The homeschooling requirements vary my state, so check with your state website. You can find a summary of homeschool requirements by state & what laws apply to your family.
Homeschooling requirements for Missouri state when your child reaches their 7th birthday, they must adhere with Missouri’s compulsory attendance laws. You must also teach at least 100 hours per semester & maintain certain records of your child’s schooling. You can find more info about Missouri homeschool requirements on HSLDA’s website.
Homeschooling requirements for Kansas have low regulations and classify your homeschool as a private school. There are a few more requirements for homeschool families in Kansas, so be sure to check Kansas requirements so you are complying with state laws.
Libraries in Kansas City
Libraries are one of the best things for homeschool activities. So we gathered all the kids activities and programs at each Kansas City libraryy around town – every library in the KC metro!
Expore what the libraries near you have to offer now…
Back to School as a Homeschool Family
If you’re wondering what “Back to School season is like for homeschooling families, it is nothing like the craziness of heading back to public (or private) schools.
While everyone else is rushing to pick up school supply lists, find backpacks, and prepare little ones for the emotional adjustment of entering school – we are lucky to just be able to continue life as is.
As you consider making some major changes in your educational journey, be sure to consider all parts of homeschooling. If you do choose to go that route, consider what time of year you will begin.
Most families tend to withdraw their child or children at the end of the year to avoid any chaos with planning and major changes.
Another favorite time to start a homeschool journey is in between semesters. Again, there is less going on and families can make what I call a “clean break” from public school and an easy transition into homeschooling. If you are planning to go the homeschool route at any point, our guide will help you naviagate!