start homeschooling by MPESo you want to start homeschooling, but don’t know where to begin?

We have detailed step-by-step instructions for starting your homeschool in Kansas or Missouri.

Meanwhile, here are some general tips and information about homeschooling that will be helpful to you in whatever state you happen to be:

1) Research homeschooling.

A few suggested resources to start your exploration:

2) Establish your support network.

An estimated 2 million children are homeschooled in the United States today. Find a few of these families in your area and reach out to them! Their advice and shared experiences will prove invaluable to you as you start your journey.

Some ideas on how to begin:

  • Attend support groups. We have a list of support groups, called cluster groups, in the Kansas City area that we’ll send to you as soon as you become an MPE member.
  • Come to our next homeschool conference. Homeschool conferences, or conventions, are great places to research curricula and attend workshops that address specific homeschooling needs.
  • Just ask! Anytime you have a question, browse our FAQs section to see if it’s already been answered or feel free to contact us.

3) Become a member of Midwest Parent Educators (recommended).

For just $50 a year, you’ll get member benefits that include:

  • Informational support group meetings, retreats and other events
  • Free admission to our annual homeschool conference (a more than $60 value!)
  • Access to annual standardized testing for grades K – 11
  • High school graduation ceremony (must meet certain criteria – call MPE office)
  • Special discounts on attending our annual used curriculum sale
  • Subscription to our newsletter, The Parent Educator, filled with local events and opportunities for area homeschoolers

Become a member of MPE

4) Enroll with Home School Legal Defense Association (recommended).

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has more than 80,000 families standing together to protect and advance homeschool freedoms, not just in the United States, but around the world. When you become a member, you are guaranteed professional legal representation if your right to home education is ever threatened.

Note: If you become a member of Midwest Parent Educators first, we will give you a discount code to take $20 off the cost of your HSLDA membership.

5) Formally withdraw from the current school by phone, letter, or in person.