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What You Need

We want to make this process as seamless as possible. Here we have all of the things you need to know on your homeschooling journey. Learn where to go to file an intention of homeschooling affidavit, the importance of making goals and assessing funding, and access a list of suggested curriculum by experienced Utah homeschoolers.

 

If after reading through this section, you still have questions, we are always available to answer them.

How do I get started?

Check it off the list

File an Affidavit

How to file an affidavit with Utah and to withdraw your child(ren) from school (if already enrolled)

Assess Funding

Utah is one of the few states that has flexible and incredible funding opportunities

Identify Goals

Knowing your goals and style for schooling will help you identify curriculum needs

Plan Curriculum

Planning what to teach can be simple or very detailed. Have a plan you can revise as needed.

File an Affidavit

getting started

You're in the best state for homeschooling! Beginning to homeschool is as easy as telling your district that you are willing to take full responsibility for your child's education and signing a document to that effect.

 

[Something to note: If you intend to register with My Tech High or Harmony Ed, they are technically full time, public school students and you should not file an affidavit.]

 

Here are the main sites and documents your will need to walk you through the process.

Utah State Board of Education

Affidavit and Exemption Certificate

Utah State Board of Education

Homeschool Information Page

 

Identify Goals

getting started

Just like flavors of ice cream, everyone has their favorite and that's okay. You may already have an idea of what is important to you when it comes to the method in which you educate your children. Or, like many others, you'll feel entirely clueless and are hoping to lean on other mothers who've been there as you start out. Here are some resources that will help you figure out your way to educate your children.

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A chart with links to direct you to resources on many of the most popular homeschool philosophies, sorted based on what you value as a homeschooler.

 

Assess Funding

getting started

Today's homeschoolers come in many different varieties. There is the traditional homeschooler who would like to do it all without government assistance. There is the hybrid parent who would like to do a little of both. And there is the school-at-home parent who is excited for the opportunity to keep kids in a home environment a little longer on the dollars they already spend in taxes.

 

Whichever you are, you will find that Utah has some opportunities that may help you give your children the education you desire without breaking the family bank. 

School Funding programs
(aka distance learning)

Funding for Curriculum, Tutors, Extracurriculars

Online classes, in-person classes, some funding, resource libraries

 

Plan Curriculum

There are so many great curriculums. We have compiled a few places for you to start as you begin to choose what you will teach and how you will teach it.

getting started

pause and plan

Before you jump into curriculum, however, schedule a little extra time (or a lot, if you enjoy the planning process) and consider a few things about your upcoming schoolwork. Here are a few links to help you with this process.

Homeschool Planning: Simple and Smart Planning Tips (TGATB)

Choosing Planning Tools That Work For Me (HSLDA)

5 Steps to Simple Homeschool Planning for Non-Planners (The Homeschool Mom)

and now the curriculum