Homeschooling in New York

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Are you looking to start homeschooling in New York? Maybe you are in your early research stages and feeling overwhelmed and scared that you will do something wrong.

I know that is how I felt when I started looking into homeschooling here in New York. In my head, it was like “make one false move, and they will be coming to my door and taking my children away.”

Now that I have been homeschooling here in New York for over three years with two children, I feel more comfortable with all of the paperwork and requirements. I am more confident in the process and want to help you understand it and become more comfortable with it.

Are you going to be homeschooling in New York?  Learn all about the requirements and resources available to your family to help you have a successful year.

Homeschool Laws in New York

When deciding to homeschool the first step is to research your state laws. New York’s homeschooling laws and regulations require reporting to the Department of Education or DoE.

The paperwork and reading through the rules can feel overwhelming. I read through the rules at least three times just trying to understand it all. Take your time but don’t procrastinate! In this case, you want to adopt the Nike slogan and “Just Do It” because your brain will make it all the more difficult.

Homeschooling in New York begins at age six; that is when you need to send in your letter of intent and start all the documentation. As you are making your decision to homeschool, you are probably worrying about whether you need certification to teach your children – here in New York you do not.

To learn about the homeschool laws in our state gives each of us power and in time, confidence in this endeavor. The paperwork may seem daunting and time-consuming, but it helps us to stay organized and consistent with the documentation for the year. You can get more support for filling out the paperwork here.

Homeschooling in New York: Groups

Finding support as a homeschooler is always a good idea, between learning the law, filling out the paperwork, figuring out the end of the year assessments, finding tutors or resources, or just for support and encouragement.

To find homeschooling groups around you, check out this list of groups here in New York. If you are finding it difficult to find hyperlocal groups, it is always a great idea to create your own with a few local homeschool families or to use social media to help you through the homeschooling journey and to meet new people in your area.

We have a group which is geared towards New York but not limited on Facebook; we share a ton of resources, feel free to join us here.

Homeschool Classes in New York

Are you looking for classes geared towards homeschoolers? Every year New York City organizations and institutions advertise more courses For homeschooled children as well as public school students. 

Here are some courses created just for homeschoolers:

Homeschooling in New York: Socialization

A lot of people stress about socialization when it comes to homeschooling, but we are always around people whether you are keeping up with errands outside the home, visiting the library, going with a group on a field trip or partaking in a sport or a homeschool co-op there is always room for socializing.

Investigate your children’s personality and interests; this will help you figure out their learning style. There are lots of philosophies for ways to homeschool. There are also many ways to engage your child in learning. Taking the time to follow their lead and interests a little bit can make your homeschool a lot more successful.

You can find plenty of affordable and fun ways to support your child’s attention here in New York. For more about learning styles, you may be interested in Discover Your Child’s Learning Style: Personalized Learning for Student Success by Mariaemma Willis.

What Subjects are Required in New York?

Here in New York, we are required to teach twelve subjects including arithmetic, reading, spelling, writing, English language, geography, united states history, science, health education, music, visual arts, and physical education.

It can be overwhelming to think of fitting it all in, but everything doesn’t have to be taught every day. Things can be clustered together, and unit studies can hit a variety of subjects in one lesson. Be creative and flexible, fitting it all in.

In Conclusion

I know that it can be overwhelming to make all these decisions and to be responsible for so much, but, you got this. I love sharing my experience with homeschooling and helping my fellow homeschoolers thrive on this journey. It may seem like a lot, but once you start doing it, it is fun, exciting and most of all, worth it!

Let me know in the comments below: do you homeschool in New York? What are some of your favorite tips, resources and field trip ideas? I’d love to hear about them!

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

Christine Suarez

Christine Suarez is a homeschooling mom of two from Brooklyn, New York. She is the founder, owner and content creator of Blooming Brilliant, where she shares educational resources, parenting advice and information about homeschooling.

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7 Comments

  1. Shannon Chomanczuk says:

    We have been homeschooling in NY for 9 years.

  2. I’m really excited to learn more about how to be the best homeschool mom I can be for my kids!

  3. Looking forward to our 2nd year homeschooling:)

  4. We have been homeschooling in NY, going on 5 years. It’s so intimidating at first, especially when your kids start in the public school system. What a blessing it is to have people in your corner who are there building you up and abolishing your fears of “I’m doing it all wrong”. I love your tip of exploring your child’s interests. We have wasted so much time and money on curriculum that didn’t fit our family’s style of learning. True joy is watching your kids get excited to learn because you’re taking their interests into consideration.

  5. Lucy Kessler says:

    Thank you for your content! I’ve been homeschooling for 8 years in NYS and it’s been wild!

  6. Christina Thompson-Navas says:

    Hi, I am also from Brooklyn, NY. This will be my second year homeschooling my son, who just turned 9. Looking forward to another amazing year while taking this journey with him. By the way, your inspirational posts as well as your ideas and products you introduced in your emails have truly helped me. Thank you so very much. All is appreciated.

  7. Thank you for all the great homeschooling resources. I am a full-time working parent but i use any chance to also additionally school my son at home.

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