Missouri Homeschooling Help Needed

by Lisa
(Stella, MO, USA)

Missouri Homeschooling Questions

Missouri Homeschooling Questions

I am just having trouble figuring out how to take my kids out of public school. I am not sure who I should talk to about this.

Also the cost of being enrolled and not is very different, how do I make the best choice? I can't really afford tuition and then on top of that curriculum and text books.

I really need lots of guidance as I would like to take my kids out of public school soon.
Thanks Lisa

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Sep 22, 2009
Missouri Homeschooling Help
by: Heather

Hi Lisa,
The decision to homeschool often causes parents much concern and worry, so you are definitely not alone – many have felt the same way, including me.

Missouri homeschooling laws are non-restrictive, with minimal requirements; you do not need to register with anyone to legally homeschool your children.

When I pulled my daughter out of school to start homeschooling in Michigan, I talked with her teacher and informed the principal. You can do this in person, over the phone, or through a letter. If you communicate verbally with the school, I would follow up with a letter, so the school has documentation for their records. Keep a copy of the letter you mail to them for your records as well.

The letter can be short and to the point, informing them that your children will no longer be attending their school and that you will begin teaching them at home, according to the current homeschooling laws for the state of Missouri, effective immediately.

I would also ask them to send you a copy of your children's current school transcripts and/or records, so you have a copy for your records.

As far as homeschooling costs, you are free to choose whatever materials and resources you want to use, that fit within your budget. Many families homeschool successfully without enrolling in, or purchasing expensive programs or services.

Here are some ideas for inexpensive homeschooling to help you save money.

What grade are your children in and what program where you thinking of enrolling your family in?

If you keep your own records, you can save a lot of money. Some curriculum even comes with record-keeping forms, so all you have to do is fill in the blanks when your children complete their work.

If you use a more relaxed method of homeschooling, you can keep a simple journal to record what your family learns each day.

Download Free Homeschool Schedules to help keep your family organized.

Check out some Easy Record-Keeping Tips from Tanya, a wonderfully helpful mom who homeschools in Florida.

I hope you find this information helpful. If you have other questions, please feel free to ask; I would love to help any way I can. I would encourage you to find a support group in your area, you will find much encouragement as well as information on local resources, classes and enrichment opportunities for your family.

You can find current information on your state's website (Download a copy of the Missouri homeschooling laws and requirements or visit your state's government website for more information.


Aug 03, 2012
by: Kathy

What do I have to do if public school? Don't give me copy of my children records? What records will I get from public school? Do I have the rights for all of the records of my children?

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