If you were wondering if you can do temporary homeschooling while moving, there’s some good news. Let me share with you on what to do.
Temporary homeschooling while moving is allowed. If you need to do short-term homeschool for any reason and as long as you comply with the local laws and regulations this is allowed and a viable option.
If you are in a situation where you will need to do temporary homeschooling this is perfectly fine. Rest assured that in all 50 states in the US, it is legal to homeschool. So as long as you checked your local school district’s regulations, that would be a good starting point. And you will also have to officially withdraw your student from school. After you have handled these simple tasks you can begin your temporary homeschooling.
There are some other matters to deal with for your homeschooling while you move or for any short-term reason. Please follow on and we will show you how to effectively homeschool your child in this situation.
How many hours to homeschool my child temporarily while moving?
The average amount of time it takes to homeschool your child might be from 2 to 4 hours per day of school work. This situation is a good opportunity for you and your child to learn together and bond. It’s the perfect way to learn about teamwork, planning, and real-life situations. You can mix in math, reading and writing about the situation. And there is nothing better than hands-on experience to learn a subject. At the same time you can also work in some time for packing, organizing and other chores. And don’t forget some free time to rest and have some fun.
Home school Schedule, 4.5hrs (You may adjust as needed)
|12:00-1:00||Lunch time! Then recess|
|2:45-3:30||Electives-Music, 2nd Language, art, PE|
Which curriculum to follow during temporary homeschooling?
There are a few ways you could teach your child during this period of homeschooling. One way would be to check with your school district of where you plan to move to. And see if you can get some materials from them. Certainly you may continue to use the material you currently have from the school your child is enrolled in right now. But this may be a challenge since those materials are made for your traditional school and teacher to use. There won’t be any parent guides or tests and worksheets most likely.
Another option is to choose an online curriculum and there are many to choose from like time4learning.com for example. You can select the plan based on your child’s age and the fee is reasonable. Last I checked it was $19.95/month. Online curriculum’s have the convenience of being accessible anytime of the day by PC, phone or tablet. And you have access to an organized range of materials and printable worksheets. This is also a time-saver since you wouldn’t need to prepare all of these daily schedules or materials. They are created for you based on your child’s level or grade.
Should I follow my school’s curriculum for this short term home school
You may consider to just use the current materials you have from your child’s current school. This could be an easy choice to save on the hassle of preparing any other materials. And the child is already familiar with the material and textbooks for example. However, keep in mind that there might be supplementary materials that you just won’t have access to like homework, worksheets or teacher’s guides and tests. You will also have to consider how far has your child already gotten this semester? Then you can decide if it is right for them and you.
If you find that you don’t have all of the textbooks or materials, you may consider an additional way. If you find a particular subject is missing, you can also look in your local library. Preparing your own curriculum is also a perfectly good way to homeschool your child temporarily. One particular book I would like to recommend is the “The Well Trained Mind” by Susan Bauer Wise. This book gives an easy to understand overview of homeschooling at different stages. She’s also made an extensive resource list of books. Her method of homeschooling is a classic education which includes reading, writing, math as well as social studies, and history. And other subjects like science and language.
You can join some homeschooling groups and co-ops during this Temporary Home School
If you didn’t know about it already, there are probably some homeschooling groups in your neighborhood or local church. You can easily check this where you are going or where you are right now. Online groups are also a simple option and check around first before you choose one. Your local school district will probably also have an online resource for you as well so check that out. For example, like in my hometown in Florida, our school district has these resources for me. Check it out here.
A homeschooling cooperative can also assist you with the many questions you might have while you are moving and temporarily homeschooling. The resources they may have will be suggestions for curriculums, used materials and you may be able to purchase or borrow them. You might even find some new friends who are also new to the area where you are moving too. And lastly this might be a good opportunity for you to learn more about homeschooling as a more long term option for you. The number of students who choose this effective way to educate their kids is growing every year. Now over 2.3 million kids in the United States alone are homeschooled. You can see the numbers here from a recent report from the National Home Education Research Institute.
How should I keep records for my short-term homeschooling?
It is a good practice to keep records for your temporary homeschooling of your child. The easiest way to do this is just to use a nice composition book. You want to keep a record of the schedule, for example like the one we showed you. And you want to maintain a daily record of what your child learned for the day. These kinds of records are important in case you need to show them to the local school board if you choose to re-join school. And this is also a good practice to see yourself how much progress you’ve made. Also make sure to have a list of the curriculum you used along with all of the resources and textbooks. This is a good way to manage your homeschooling project!
After our move how can I put my child back in school?
That is a good question and a very simple task. The first step is to contact the school nearby where you plan to move. It’s best that you do this before you move. Then you have time to prepare just in case you need any documentation from the current school. Once you know the regulations of the current school keep in mind that you will have to officially withdraw your child from the current school. Usually this is a legal requirement since they are concerned about your child’s welfare. Then you will follow the new schools procedures. Most likely they will just need to see your records and transcripts from the current school. They might require some testing and please be aware of this. As long as you keep good records I’m sure you’ll have a smooth transition to your new school.
And once again, during this temporary homeschooling of your child, it’s a great opportunity to explore this way of education. Many parents like homeschooling because they can offer a better education than what is offered in their public school. And you are able to custom tailor the education through your child’s specific needs. And lastly you get to spend quality time with your kids as they grow up in life. I hope you have learned how to do some short term temporary homeschooling while you’re moving.