Homeschooling in Kansas: 7 Steps to a Strong Beginning

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If you are just starting to research homeschooling, here are a few things you may want to consider.

But, if you are specific to Kansas, you’ll definitely want to be sure to be informed about how it works here in the Sunflower State. The first thing you should do is get a basic understanding of the process in Kansas. And the best way to understand the basics is to ask yourself a series of questions. 

Homeschooling in Kansas? You’ll need to be informed about how it works here in the Sunflower State.  Here are 7 steps you should take for success.

Homeschooling in Kansas

The first question you need to ask yourself is:

Do I want to school at home with the help of my local school district?

If you want to keep your local district involved, this might be an option for you. It depends on the district in which you live. After the chaos of 2020, some districts offer learning at home as an option. So, if that’s what you want, you need to seek them out for help. Only they can help you with the details. 

But if you want to cut ties with the local district and not take part in what they are offering as an alternative to coming into the classroom, the next question you need to ask yourself is:

Do I want to partake in the free public school at home option that is offered through the state of Kansas?

This has been available for years and you’ve probably seen it advertised on TV {K12 and Kansas Connections Academy are two I see most frequently.} This is free and available to all kids in the state of Kansas. You can head here or here to check out some options. This route will remove you from your district but keep you in the Kansas State Department of Education’s realm.

There are a few “schools” from which you can choose. They provide the curriculum and, at least some, provide laptops for you to complete their curriculum. If that’s the route you want to take, check out those links. They will send you loads of information on how to get started. 

But, if you said “no” to those two questions above, your final question is this:

Do I want to homeschool without any connection to the public school system?

If your answer to that is “yes,” then these are the steps you need to take:

STEP ONE: UNDERSTAND that the state of  Kansas does not officially recognize “homeschooling” as an option.

No worries, though. They just call us “non-accredited private schools.” It’s totally legal and any competent adult can do it {seriously, that’s how they define who can teach your kids….”competent adult.”} You can find more info from KSDE here and you can read the statues here

STEP TWO: REGISTER with the Kansas State Department of Education as a non-accredited private school.

It might sound daunting but it’s super duper simple. Go here to get that done.  All you need is your name, your address and the name of your homeschool. That’s all. You don’t even need your kids’ names, ages or grades. When it asks for “custodian,” that’s you. And you only need to do it ONE TIME. You do not need to do this every year. I did it in 2011 and haven’t visited the site since. 

THREE: WITHDRAW your kids from their public schools {assuming they attended previously.}

I know this sounds daunting too, but it’s NOT! And don’t let the district bigwigs or local school secretaries freak you out. Just do it. Write a clear and concise letter that states you are pulling your kids from the system to homeschool.

You do not need to tell them anything else.  You do not need to explain yourself, show them anything or have your kids tested. The ONLY purpose of the withdrawal letter is to avoid truancy issues. If you do not withdraw them, the school will start marking your kids as absent.

FOUR: KNOW the requirements.

Thankfully, in Kansas, the requirements are very few. No testing is required. No portfolio submissions needed. No curriculum approval process. No attendance is monitored. You can go here for an easy rundown on the requirements. But, believe me when I say it is very minimal. At the moment, in the state of Kansas, homeschoolers have a lot of freedom and luxury. It may not always be that way, but that’s the situation for now. 

FIVE: CHOOSE your curriculum.

This is, by far, the most time-consuming step. And there is no way for anybody to tell you what will be right for your family. There are as many curriculum options as there are WalMarts in the country. This is where many families get overwhelmed and discouraged. The most important thing to remember is that whatever you choose to do, does NOT need to be forever. You can adjust as many times as you need to throughout the year. 

But, to get started, I would head over here and read about the learning styles of your kids. It is important you understand how each of your kids learn because it will help you know which types of curricula will work best {and which ones won’t work at all!}

I would also check out these two articles that discuss the various methods of homeschooling: How to Choose the Best Homeschool Teaching Method for Your Family and A Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling

Once you have a better understanding of learning styles and teaching methods, I suggest you check out anything by Cathy Duffy. I have a couple of her books, which I loan out to potential homeschoolers all the time, but you can get a lot of her info online here {you can also buy her books there.} She has reviewed OODLES of homeschool curricula and does a great job of dividing things into helpful categories including learning styles, cost, religious/secular and more. Using her resources should help you narrow things down drastically and leave you with a few great options.

SIX: Find support.

Reach out to both local homeschool groups and also state groups such as Kansas Home Educators and Midwest Parent Educators. But, before you do that, arm yourself with a wee bit of knowledge and  then “arrive” in those groups with some specific questions. If you pop into a Facebook group and ask “what’s the best math curricula,” you are going to get 85 different answers {and probably watch a few arguments unfold, ha ha!}.

The better option would be to ask “My kid is a kinesthetic learner. I am thinking about using Math Curricula Option A but also considering Option B. Can anybody help me compare the two?” 

SEVEN: Get started.

Do not fall into the trap of needing everything to be perfect before you get started. Just get started.  Know you will make mistakes. I still do. We all do. You will learn as you go. You can adjust as necessary. You can make changes along the way. Just get started and have fun! 

Homeschooling will be one of the hardest things you ever do but it will also be one of the most rewarding things you ever do…both for you and your kids. If you have any questions about homeschooling in Kansas, feel free to reach out!

And if you are homeschooling in Kansas (a veteran, or just getting started), leave a comment below! What are some of your favorite resources or things about homeschooling here? I want to know!

And if you’d love to have a printable resource to use to keep track of state homeschool requirements, key organizations, activities and field trip plans, and curriculum notes, grab a copy of my Curriculum & Activity Planner below (it’s free!):

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Interested in learning about homeschooling in another state? Check out the Homeschooling in 50 States Series.

About the Author

Katie Wolfe

Katie Wolfe has an MAEd and taught in the classroom for a decade prior to becoming Mom to her one and only child. She loved her years in the classroom but loved momming even more, so when her son got to be school-aged, homeschooling seemed like a natural fit for their little family! For the past 12 years, Katie has used an eclectic approach to homeschooling by pulling from various resources, styles and methods. She also enjoys creating printable resources, literacy activities and Unit Studies. {She even has a printable pack designed JUST for Kansas kids. You can check it out here.} Katie also shares her experience and resources with other homeschool moms at The WOLFe Pack and sends a weekly newsletter, The WOLFe Pack Weekly, which includes game reviews, educational resources and practical suggestions for every reader. She also runs Lone WOLFe Homeschooling, a Facebook group for homeschool moms with only children. She lives in Kansas with her husband, son, mini Aussie and bearded dragon.

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