Homeschooling in Michigan Questions
Homeschooling in Michigan Questions: What to do?
We are new to MI, moved here at the end of Aug. We have a 13 year old daughter in 8th grade who is struggling with the new school. She went from a very large diverse school to a very small "everyone grew up together" school. To say the least, the kids are not being friendly and the school is not doing much about it. I will be moving her to an open enrollment high school next year but to finish out this year I'm searching for other alternatives. Homeschooling? Public school online? -Legitimate? We are starting her with a therapist to learn coping skills to deal with the move and the situation. I have been patient with the school hoping it would get better but it seems to be getting worse... Have no clue where to begin if I homeschool?
I just moved from Michigan; I homeschooled there for over 13 years! Thanks for posting your question to my site – your question will help other parents who have questions about homeschooling in Michigan, etc.
It is legal to homeschool in Michigan; homeschooling is legal in every state in the US, although each state has its own requirements. You have two options in Michigan – you can register with the state if you want to, but you are not required to. Most families do not register with the state. If you choose not to register, there are no testing or teacher requirements either. You are only required to cover the following subjects: Reading, spelling, mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing, and English grammar.
You can homeschool independently, which means you oversee and are responsible for your daughter's
education. You can still enroll her in co-op and enrichment classes; you don't have to teach every subject yourself.
You can also choose public school online, if you'd like; this option is available in Michigan, but there may be a waiting list.
Independent homeschooling gives you more flexibility to meet your daughter's educational, spiritual and emotional needs. You can choose curriculum based on your daughter’s learning style or your family's preference. If your daughter learns better through a more hands-on, or non-traditional means, you can choose this type of curriculum. Most online public school curriculum uses the traditional method = textbooks and workbooks; some classes are completed online, while others are completed offline.
Basically, to begin homeschooling, you would notify the school that you are removing her. You would need to notify the school, only because she is already enrolled in a school. As I said above, you are not required to submit any forms to the state or district. You may want to notify the school in writing, just so you have a record of your communication with them. You will want to request a copy of her transcript and school records, so you know what she has completed, etc.
There are many places to find homeschool curriculum. Many groups have used book sales during the year and INCH, a statewide homeschool group, hosts a Michigan home education convention with a large vendor hall and used book sale every May, in Lansing. They also host a free new-to-homeschooling session on Thursday evening before the convention starts.
If you have any other homeschooling in Michigan questions, please feel free to post them below. I'd be happy to answer them.