1) Research homeschooling in Missouri.
- Read the transcript of a recent (May 2016) conversation with HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff about Missouri homeschooling law. Basically, there are three steps:
- You need to keep track of work samples of your child.
- You need to keep a record of periodic assessments.
- You need to have documentation showing a thousand hours of instruction during the school term that you set.
- Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE): Home Schooling
- Missouri Home Education Law (From Families for Home Education)
2) Establish your homeschool program.
3) Become a member of Midwest Parent Educators (recommended).
One of the best things you can do for your homeschool is to find friends and resources to support and encourage you in your journey. It’s not a sprint, but a marathon!
Just $50 a year gives you membership that includes the following benefits:
- 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
4) Enroll with Home School Legal Defense Association (recommended).
Note: When you become an MPE member, there is a $15 discount available on an annual HSLDA membership!
5) Formally withdraw from the current school by phone, letter, or in person.