As long as there have been parents and children, “homeschooling” has been happening. It was only with the emergence of widespread compulsory public education that this age-old method of instruction was virtually forgotten, but not eradicated.
Foreign service workers or missionaries who by choice or necessity did not send their children to boarding schools continued the tradition of home education. Children who had illnesses that kept them from attending school were frequently taught at home. And families who lived in the remote areas of Alaska or other isolated regions answered their children’s educational needs with homeschooling.
In the 1970s and ’80s, homeschooling experienced a renaissance as a few parents began to question whether the public education system or existing private schools were right for their individual child. They wondered if they might be able to do a better job.
And what do you know? Parents discovered they could do a great job. They told two friends who told two friends and so on. The modern homeschooling movement was born. Excerpt from You Can Homeschool (www.HSLDA.org)
To begin your homeschool journey in the state of Mississippi, here are a few items to get you started:
1) Make yourself familiar with the homeschool law for our state (MS Law) –
You must fill out the Certificate of Enrollment with your county school attendance officer for each child of compulsory school age that you are homeschooling.
2) Consider the information from the links below to fit the needs of your child:
Homeschooling Thru the Early Years For those with children from preschool thru middle school years. Practical resources for homeschooling at every stage, along with encouragement, time management ideas, organizational tips, and more.
Homeschooling Thru High School Planning for high school, choosing curriculum, creating transcripts, preparing your teen for college or the workforce, and much more.
Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner Encouragement, resources, and practical advice for parents homeschooling children with learning disabilities, medical issues, or attention deficits.
Rise Up! Mississippi RiseUp! is part of the Mississippi.edu college access initiative. It is a program of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). There is information on Getting Ready for College, Mississippi Colleges, Applying for College, Financial Aid, Career Planning, and much more. If you have a student beginning highschool or nearing completion, you will find this information invaluable.
3) Get involved in a local support group. Look HERE for one in your area. Also, stay involved on the state level by putting your email address in the blank at the top of the opening page of the website. That will generate a secure constant contact form for you to fill out.
4) Choosing curriculum. There’s an ever-increasing variety of curriculum—from traditional textbooks to homeschool-specific curriculum and correspondence courses. Here are a few of the curriculum suppliers and books sellers for you to look through.
Curriculum Suppliers (Many of the book sellers below have curriculum for sale also)
MHEA does not endorse any particular curriculum.
General Information Packet: Many parents are confused when it comes to homeschooling and do not know where to start. If you are interested in homeschooling and would like more information, we have compiled a packet of resources to help you get started.
Each packet includes:
- Home Education: Where to Begin (CD and handout) by Jeff & Lisa Barber
- Homeschool X-ing (CD by HSLDA)
- You Can Homeschool! Brochure by HSLDA
- Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner brochure by HSLDA
- You Can Homeschool! Through High School brochure by HSLDA
- Mississippi Student Attendance Officer listing
- How to Start Homeschooling in 8 Easy Steps article by Gail Felker
- Homeschool Progress Report -OR- Homeschooling Grows Up by Dr. Brian Ray (depending on availability)
- Homeschooling Today Magazine
- Home School Enrichment Magazine
- ChristianBook.com Homeschool Catalog
- Timberdoodle Catalog
- Vision Forum Catalog
To receive the packet of information, please send $25.00 (S&H included) by check or money order to:
MHEA Packet, 14290 North Swan Road, Gulfport, MS 39503
(Please make check or money order payable to MHEA.)