For Missouri Homeschoolers
- New to the state OR child never enrolled in the MO public schools – NO notification/letter needed
- Kindergarten Letter to withdraw – Contact FHE for the appropriate letter [email protected]
- Private School – follow the school’s exit policy
- For all other children - https://fhe-mo.org/withdrawalletter
Special Needs and IEP
- Talk to the school about services
- If you decide to continue with IEP services, note that on your withdrawal letter
- If you decide to cancel services, send the Revocation letter found here: https://fhe-mo.org/specialneeds
New Recommendations for 7-year-olds
Prorate Hours (if needed)
- When withdrawing from a school or moving into the state mid-school year, then the hours can be prorated for the balance of the school year. Contact Kim Quon for assistance if needed. [email protected]
- Don’t forget to get hours and/or days from the school when withdrawing from a public or private school mid-year. This will help in determining remaining hours.
MO Homeschool Law
- You also need to keep some records. (a) Maintain the following records:
a. A plan book, diary, or other written record indicating subjects taught and activities engaged in; and
b. A portfolio of samples of the child's academic work; and
c. A record of evaluations of the child's academic progress; or
d. Other written, or credible evidence equivalent to subparagraphs a., b. and c.;
(D has not been defined in court and would recommend legal help to utilize, so it's recommended to just do the other 3 since we have almost 40 years of experience in the courts with those and it must be equivalent to them anyway.)
5. The production by a parent of a daily log showing that a home school has a course of instruction which satisfies the requirements of this section or, in the case of a pupil over the age of sixteen years who attended a metropolitan school district the previous year, a written statement that the pupil is attending home school in compliance with this section shall be a defense to any prosecution under this section and to any charge or action for educational neglect brought pursuant to chapter 210.
- Consider getting our First Things First resource book:
- Find our next New Homeschool Zoom or Regional In Person event here: https://fhe-mo.org/events
- Covers the withdrawal, records, hours, what to count, and more.
- Our year is July 1 to June 30, and you have that full calendar year to get the required 1000 hours. However, your school schedule is up to you. Learning happens all year and on weekends.
- School year around OR follow a basic public-school schedule OR something else
- Don’t forget to count summer activities and learning even if you haven’t opened the schoolbooks.
Records and Hours
- We need 1000 hours of instruction during this time frame. At least 600 of the 1000 hours needs to be in 5 main subjects that we like to call core: reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies. You are not required to have a certain number of hours in each subject, just the total of the 600. At least 400 of those 600 hours needs to be at your regular home school location which for most of us is our own homes. That leaves you with 400 additional hours (1000-600) that can be whatever you want: more of the core, all non-core or a combo. Non-core are subjects like PE, music, art, life skills, computer skills, etc. (see the Missouri Law link above)
- A plan book can be anything: teacher lesson book, calendar, journal, notebook, Word/Google doc, etc. It does need to be broken down by subject. Non-core subjects can be lumped together or split into subjects like PE, art, music, etc. Just needs to list out what you have done and where you have gone.
Example: Tuesday, Mar 10
Math - lesson 50 OR multiplication worksheet (30 minutes)
Language Arts- spelling list #25 and read chapter 2 of Charlotte's Web (45 minutes)
Science - field trip to Science Center (3 hours) Keep things split out by subject.
The non-core can be dumped into one title (non-core) or into different subjects (PE, music, art, etc).
- The portfolio of samples is just that. You don't have to keep everything, but you do need some throughout the year in the subjects.
- The evaluation can be a standardized test IF that is what you choose. We are not required to do testing as homeschoolers. Other options for the evaluation are creating a report card, high school transcript, keeping quizzes/tests (can also be part of our samples), or doing a brief write-up of what has been accomplished and what still needs work.
Math - knows multiplication tables and ready for double digits, still needs practice on division
Language Arts - finished 2nd grade spelling and grammar, ready for 3rd grade; needs work on reading comprehension
- The daily log of hours (#5) is your first line of defense if you ever have an educational neglect charge. It is usually a spreadsheet of just number (hours). Many will note the time on their planner and then transfer the numbers to the spreadsheet to keep a running total of the hours to prove compliance with the law. It needs to reflect the 5 required subjects with home and away since those are our legal requirements. Non-core can be lumped together or split into subjects since there are no requirements for those hours.
- The word "CORE" is not in our law and has no legal definition so should not be used in your records. This is a made up word only so that we do not have to always list off the 5 subjects.
Curriculum and Resources
Regional Support and Local Co-ops/Learning Centers
- Find out what region your county is in and then head to that page for local information including events and links to regional groups.
- Join our MO Homeschooling Parents and MO Homeschooling High School pages on Facebook
Find FHE Homeschool Events around the state
High School Help
- Find one of our Homeschool High School events for all the information about high school. https://fhe-mo.org/events
- Covers classes, transcripts, GPA, dual enrollment, and more
- If withdrawing from a public or private school, request a copy of the high school transcript for your records.
- If your teen is 16, the homeschool law no longer applies other than compulsory age of 17 or graduate early.
- We have NO graduation requirements and recommend tailoring your high school classes based on what is needed for after graduation: college, trade school, military, workplace
- As the parent, you are responsible for the transcript and diploma. These are not sent to the state or local school district or kept by any group sponsoring a homeschool graduation.
- Recommended College Prep Route:
4 credits of English
3-4 credits of Math (MO state universities require 4)
3 credits of Science
3 credits of Social Studies ( 1 credit each of US History and World History, and a semester credit each of US Government and elective)
1 credit each of PE, Fine Arts, and Practical Arts
Semester each of Health and Personal Finance (can be the Social Studies elective)
2 credits of the same Foreign Language (some colleges no longer require)
Total of 24 credits or more
1 full year credit = 120+ hours (Carnegie credits)
semester = 60 hours
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