Starting Mid Year – Pulling Out Of School

How do I withdraw from school and start homeschooling?
Each state has different requirements for that. Some have a specific form to fill out. Some let you write a letter or send an email. Different states also have different requirements for annual attendance, reporting, testing, and evaluations. Many states require 180 total instructional days each year, but some go by hours and some don’t have any attendance requirement. Please join your state group to find out what is required where you live. You can find your state group here. https://allinonehomeschool.com/facebook-groups/

If your state requires a certain number of days or hours each year, remember that 180 days of school can look quite different to each one of us. A school day doesn’t have to be time clocked with a pencil in hand. Field trips, projects, co-op days, etc. can all count as school days.

Do I need to enroll to use Easy Peasy? 
When you homeschool, your home is the school and you are the teacher. EP is a free online curriculum you can use to teach your student. You do not enroll in EP but you may need to register your homeschool with your state or school district. Join your state group to find out what is required where you live.
https://allinonehomeschool.com/facebook-groups/
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How much does it cost?

EP is free! Books are not needed. If you do want to work offline, you can buy the books. They are low-cost. You can create an account for free. Donations are welcome but are NEVER required.
So, should I start on Day 1 or where my student is at with the curriculum/school we were using?
We get this question asked quite often as parents discover Easy Peasy. Without a doubt, most parents would agree that starting at Day 1 worked best for them. Here are some of the things to consider:
  1. This is a new curriculum for all of you. Easy Peasy allows you to find which level best suits each child for Math, Reading, and Language Arts and to make adjustments for that (i.e. Math 6, LA 5, and English 4 might work best for a student). Day 1 would start slowly and build from there. This would allow your whole family to ease into a new curriculum with its own format. Reviewing concepts is important. If you’re worried about a time frame here, remember that you can always double up on days that are easy or skip over concepts that your student has already learned. However, don’t be quick to dismiss the review time. Many times parents discover learning gaps when they begin to homeschool or even when they switch curriculum. Allowing yourselves to move through the year from the beginning can highlight gaps or let you discover that your child may actually need to move up a level in some area.
  2. It may be difficult to find an exact appropriate day to begin. If you’re thinking your child should start at let’s say Day 50, consider that the level may be in the middle of a book or a particular concept being studied. You can search through and find a clean break if this will work for you, but the appropriate day number might be different than you’d expect to find.
How do I check my student’s work?
Easy Peasy doesn’t keep track of who is using the curriculum. It is not able to save your student’s work for review later. You will need to work out with your student how you will check their work. Some people check each assignment or each subject as their student completes it. Some wait until the end of the day or the end of the week to look it over. Your student can save screenshots of completed assignments or leave tabs open for you to review later.
Will I be able to put my student back into public or private school next year?
We understand that for some families homeschooling is a temporary choice. If you think you will be re-enrolling in a public or private school in the future, you will want to contact the school directly (now!) and ask them what the process for that will involve. There is no single, consistent process for accepting transfer students. Some schools will place by age. Some will use a placement test. Some will request a report card from the homeschool parent. Easy Peasy is not a school and does not keep records for your student. EP cannot provide report cards or completion certificates or transcripts. If that is required, the homeschool parent will need to provide that. Most public high schools will not accept credits earned while homeschooling and will make your student repeat classes for credit. It is recommended that if your student begins homeschooling during high school, they should plan to continue until graduation, at which time they will receive a legal diploma from their homeschool teacher/parent.
I hope this helps some of you in your decisions.