How Does Homeschooling Work?

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Parents may choose from a variety of options when implementing a homeschooling program their children. Read about curriculum alternatives and important considerations when starting to homeschool.

Homeschooling 101: How it Works

Homeschooling options range from an environment and curriculum modeled on traditional classrooms, to the 'unschooled' method driven by the child's interests and wishes. When deciding whether to homeschool, parents should first investigate any state requirements. About 75% of states regulate homeschooling. After determining any state regulations, parents should then decide how much time and financial resources they are able to dedicate to the various components of homeschooling. While the curriculum is perhaps the most critical decision for parents, field trips, extra-curricular activities and supplies are also important considerations.

Homeschooling Curriculum Options

Depending on any government regulations, homeschooling parents may devise their own curriculum, utilize online courses, purchase or borrow textbooks, hire tutors, or purchase all-inclusive packages.

Online Courses's homeschooling courses are an online option for homeschooled students. Parents may use entire courses to teach a specific subject, or pick and choose individual lessons as supplemental resources. Each homeschool course includes easy-to-follow video lessons, along with quizzes and exams. Dozens of online courses are available in various academic areas for elementary, middle and high-school students.

Grade LevelSample Courses
High School Precalculus Algebra, Biology, 11th Grade English, U.S. History
Middle School Middle School Geography, 6th Grade Language Arts, Middle School U.S. History
Elementary School 3rd - 5th Grade Math

Homeschooling Resources for Parents

Given that the popularity of homeschooling in the United States has continued to increase during the past two decades, and homeschooled children numbered approximately 1.8 million in 2011, many resources exist for homeschooling parents. For example:

  • Local, regional or state support groups are available in many areas to help homeschooling parents connect with each other.
  • The Home School Legal Defense Association (, meanwhile, is a national organization that advocates for and offers support to homeschooling parents.

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