Want to start homeschooling but not sure how to begin? Here’s a simple outline of what you need to do to get started. (Click each heading for more information).
1. Become familiar with the compulsory education law in Colorado.
There are three legal ways to homeschool in Colorado.
Option A: File a Notice of Intent and follow the Homeschool Law.
Option B: Enroll with an independent or parochial school and follow that school’s requirements (learn more about the CHEC Independent School here).
Option C: Obtain a current Colorado teaching license.
2. Select curriculum and plan the school year for each child.
Choose curriculum based on the teaching and learning style of the parent and child. Valuable information can also be gained by talking to experienced parents, reviewing catalogs, attending curriculum exhibits and conferences, reading books and magazines or searching the internet. For starters, visit our curriculum page.
Design a yearly academic calendar and a weekly schedule based on your curriculum. Write out daily lesson plans and record completed work.
3. Additional Recommendations
- Attend one of CHEC’s Introductory Seminars for new homeschooling families.
- Find a local homeschool support group or at least several other families in your area who also homeschool, to provide friendship, group activities, and ongoing support. (Visit the directory to find one in your area.)
- Sign up for a free subscription to The Homeschool Update magazine which will give you ongoing encouragement, help you develop your “homeschool expertise,” and notify you of upcoming homeschooling events.
- Join the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). HSLDA provides prepaid legal services for homeschooling families and has been instrumental in preserving homeschool freedoms nationally. A discounted membership is available for CHEC supporters and CHEC Independent School members.
- Attend the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference hosted by CHEC. This event provides fellowship, inspiration, workshops, information and an extensive exhibit hall. Many local curriculum fairs are also held throughout the state.
- Participate in one of our Online Homeschool Summits. A project of CHEC and Generations, these free events are designed to bring Christian families the resources and encouragement they need to homeschool with confidence and pass on the faith to their children.
- Purchase the CHEC Guidebook, a valuable resource. This book is written specifically for Colorado homeschoolers.