Home Schooling Law and Legal Definition

Homeschooling means different things to different people. For some families, homeschooling means duplicating school at home, complete with textbooks, report cards and regularly scheduled field trips. For others, homeschooling is simply the way they live their lives - children and adults living and learning together with a seamlessness that would challenge an observer to determine which was 'home' and which was 'school.

There are dozens of different approaches to homeschooling: a prepackaged curriculum, a structured curriculum of your own design, co-op or shared learning, working with a teacher, natural learning, a non-structured curriculum, child-led learning, and many others. Each family should explore the possibilities and decide on the right approach for themselves. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. However, laws and regulations vary from state to state, and interpretations can vary from school district to school district.