Homeschooling in Texas: Why it's thriving and how to do it yourself

Euri Giles | Clareifi

If you're a parent in Texas, there's a good chance you've considered homeschooling your children. In fact, according to the Texas Education Agency, the number of homeschooled students in Texas has increased by more than 30% over the past five years! So, why is homeschooling thriving in Texas? And how can you do it yourself? Keep reading to find out!

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In the midst of all the changes that have ensued since the Coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, homeschooling in Texas has thrived. According to The Texas Tribune, "The number of students who are homeschooled statewide has nearly doubled since lawmakers lifted a requirement that parents submit a notice to their school district before withdrawing their children." While many parents may be hesitant to homeschool their children due to lack of knowledge about how to do it, or due to myths about homeschooling, this article will dispel those myths and provide you with all the information you need to get started!

Myth # 1 homeschooling is only for religious families.

One of the most common myths about homeschooling is that it's only for religious families. While homeschooling rates are highest among evangelical Christians, homeschoolers come from all different backgrounds and beliefs. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of homeschoolers who cited "religious reasons" as their primary motivation for homeschooling has been declining recently.

Myth # 2 homeschooled kids are socially awkward.

Another common myth about homeschoolers is that they're socially awkward. Homeschooled kids actually have numerous opportunities to socialize, both within their own community and outside it. Many homeschool groups organize field trips and other activities, and homeschooled kids also participate in extracurricular activities like sports and scouting.

So now that we've debunked some myths about homeschooling, let's talk about how to get started homeschooling in Texas. Homeschooling in Texas is actually pretty easy – all you need to do is notify your school district that you're withdrawing your child from school and begin teaching them at home. You don't need to be a certified teacher, and there are no required curriculum or testing standards.

There are many reasons why parents choose to homeschool their children in Texas. Some parents feel that they can provide a better educational experience for their child at home, while others may want to protect their child from the dangers of the outside world, such as the Coronavirus pandemic. Whatever the reason, it is important to know that you have the right to homeschool your child in Texas. According to The Texas Home School Coalition Association, "Texas law provides great latitude to those who wish to educate their own children. In fact, almost any form of instruction provided in a genuine manner will satisfy the compulsory attendance requirements." This means that as long as you are providing your child with a quality education, you are within your rights to homeschool them in Texas.

So, how do you go about homeschooling your child in Texas?

The first step is to decide on a curriculum. There are many homeschool curriculums available, so it is important to do your research and find one that best suits your child's needs. Once you have chosen a curriculum, the next step is to create a schedule. This will help you stay on track and ensure that you are covering all the material that your child needs to learn. Finally, it is important to set up a space in your home where your child can study and feel comfortable learning. This can be anything from a dedicated room to simply setting up a desk in a quiet corner of the house.

Homeschooling your child in Texas can be a great experience for both you and your child. It is important to do your research and make sure that you are prepared before getting started. But once you have everything set up, you will be on your way to providing your child with a quality education in the comfort of your own home.

If you want to learn more about homeschooling in Texas, or if you need help getting started, please check out The Texas Home School Coalition Association website at: thsc.org. They offer a wealth of resources and support for homeschoolers in Texas.

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