Michigan Homeschooling Help - I'm Confused!

by Jo
(Michigan)

I'm from the state of Michigan and am planning to homeschool my daughter. I've read some stuff about homeschooling but I admit that I'm still in the process of learning and understanding everything.


As I go through the Michigan law of homeschooling, I'm somewhat confused about the difference between "home school" and "non public school". Is there really a big difference between the two?

Can you give me some insights on how to really understand them?

I am so excited about homeschooling my daughter who just turned five this July. I used to be a grade school teacher so teaching will probably not a be hassle for me, but still will be grateful for any assistance that may come.

I will be hoping for your help.

Thank you,
Jo

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Jul 20, 2009
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Re: Michigan Homeschooling Help
by: Heather

Hi Jo,

Non-public schools include private schools, charter schools, as well as home schools.

In Michigan you can either register your home school with the state (not recommended) or you can choose not to; it's up to you.

Most of the homeschoolers I know in Michigan do not register ? I live in Michigan and I don't either. You may want to if you have a special needs child, but you are free to set up your home school as you choose.

Here is a MI home school document that you will find helpful.

I am excited that you have decided to homeschool your daughter too; you will do well. The first year of homeschooling seems to cause many worries for new homeschoolers. As a result, many put undo pressure on themselves and become discouraged; some get tempted to give-up.

My advice to you would be to just relax and have fun. Your daughter is young ? unit studies are great for this age. I highly recommend "Five In A Row" (FIAR) to parents of young children, especially new homeschooling parents because it's SO easy to use, and children love it.

Weekly units are based on a Newberry or Caldecott Award-winning book and each day focuses on a different subject. Your child will enjoy LOTS of hands-on projects and activities.

I also used the website homeschoolshare.com; you will find lots of free resources and FIAR go-alongs for the different books studied.

My youngest daughter (6yo) and I had a lot of fun lapbooking together last year. She still loves reading her lapbooks and reviewing all she covered during the school year. She also has some fond memories of her mom trying to meticulously fold and glue some of the little booklets for her lapbook. :)

Jo, if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Many blessings to you as you begin your homeschooling journey with your daughter.

Mar 16, 2013
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Thank you!
by: Anonymous

I am in the process of researching this myself and I thank you for taking the time to respond! It has helped me out!

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