Guide to Homeschooling in Michigan
More and more families in Michigan are making the decision to homeschool. While this can be a challenging decision to make, every family has its own reasons for going the homeschool route. Getting started isn’t always easy, so Power Homeschool has created this guide for families who want to homeschool their children in the state of Michigan.
Michigan Homeschooling Laws and Requirements
Before you start homeschooling your children in Michigan, you need to understand all of the laws surrounding homeschooling. In many states, parents are must meet minimum education standards themselves before they are allowed to homeschool their children. Additional requirements might include the teaching of specific subjects, a minimum number of school days per year, a declaration of homeschooling, and many other things. For this reason, it is very important to fully understand all of the Michigan homeschooling laws.
The first thing you should do is formally withdraw your student from public or private school. This will prevent your child from being considered truant during the school year, which could land you in legal trouble with the state.
Record keeping is not required in every state. However, Power Homeschool believes that it is always a good idea to keep records of attendance, curriculum, grades, assignments, and anything else that could be useful should the laws in your state change. These documents can also come in handy if you move to a new state with different laws or decide to re-enroll your children in either public or private school.
Power Homeschool offers an online parent portal that allows parents to easily download any documents that they may need to prove that they are following laws in whichever state they live.
Michigan Standardized Assessments
In some states, homeschooled children are required to take standardized tests to ensure that they are keeping up with their traditionally schooled peers. Even if these assessments aren’t required in Michigan, many parents choose to have their children take the tests to prove that they are teaching the necessary information for the state. It is always a good idea to have your student take these tests, just in case you need to re-enroll your children in public or private school.
Michigan Homeschool Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements for homeschooled children are set by the homeschool. Michigan homeschooling parents might find it smart to start a discussion with their children early about their goals post-high school graduation. This can help parents tailor their student’s education to their future path. Look into specific colleges, technical schools, and potential employers and what their requirements are for student admission or eligibility.
Diplomas are issued by the homeschool, so parents are free to provide a diploma for their student once they have reached the graduation requirements.
Homeschooling Groups and Support in Michigan
Homeschool associations in Michigan promote homeschooling and protect parents’ rights to educate their children in their homes. As more and more families in the state, more people are in need of support and guidance. This is where homeschool associations come in. There is one homeschooling association in the state: Michigan Christian Homeschool Network.
The MICHN homeschool association’s goal is to provide information, instruction, and inspiration for homeschooling families in the state. This homeschool association is founded on the Christian religion.
Often created by homeschooling parents, support groups and co-ops share resources, advice, and information about homeschooling with one another. These groups may also offer activities and meet-ups, which provide students and parents with socialization with other homeschooling families in their area. Some of these groups also offer field trips and other special events such as proms and graduation ceremonies.
Co-ops tend to be more focused on academics than support groups. Many co-ops offer weekly learning opportunities for homeschooling families. In co-ops, parents might alternate teaching either general subjects or have a more specific focus like STEM or fine arts.
Both of these types of groups can help parents home educate their children based on their age and interests. These groups can help families with homeschooling support, legal advice, resources, and other information.
Here are a few options for support groups in Michigan:
- Battle Creek Pre-K and Elementary Homeschoolers
- Genesee County Homeschoolers
- Grand Rapids Area Inclusive Network for Homeschoolers (GRAIN)
- Homeschoolers of Jackson Michigan
- Lansing Homeschoolers
- Lapeer County Homeschool Swap and Information
- Michigan-Macomb Country Homeschoolers
- NCR Homeschool Connection
- Oakland County Homeschool
- Secular Homeschoolers of Southeast Michigan
How to Get Started Homeschooling in Michigan
If you are considering homeschool for your child, you are probably wondering how you can get started. You should start by researching the laws and regulations regarding homeschooling in Michigan. Once you have accomplished this, you will want to do everything by the book to ensure that your child isn’t considered truant, which could lead to legal trouble down the road.
Choosing a curriculum is also a big step for homeschooling families. Power Homeschool strives to make homeschooling as easy as possible for parents; we provide families with information to get started on the right foot.
Michigan Homeschool Field Trips
Field trips are a critical part of the learning experience. Students who are homeschooled actually have the ability to go on more field trips than traditionally schooled students. There are many field trip options in Michigan. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- 1839 Courthouse Square and Museum in Berrien Springs: Explore the old 1839 Courthouse building in Berrien Spring, where you can see various exhibits and displays in the museum. You can also tour the jailhouse and the adjoining sheriff’s residence. Stopping here will take you back in time.
- Adventure Mining Company in Greenland: Tour the underground mine and gear up with a hard hat and headlamp to explore the dark caverns. During the tour, you can see copper and silver deposits. In some tours, you can even rappel down the mine shaft and crawl through small areas of the mine.
- Air Zoo in Kalamazoo: Learn about the history of aviation starting with the Wright Brothers. This hands-on museum even gives visitors the opportunity to help restore an old World War II plane that was recovered from the bottom of Lake Michigan.
- Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Midland: Experience science and art colliding at the Alden B. Dow Museum. The interactive exhibits at the museum all students to truly experience art and science for themselves. Additionally, children can sign up for art and science classes that are available for students of all ages.
- Alfred P. Sloan Museum in Flint: The historic automobiles on display at the Alfred P. Sloan Museum are the perfect tribute to the state’s long history with automobile manufacturing. There are also a variety of hands-on science exhibits that teach students about physics and chemistry.
- Bug House in East Lansing: Insect lovers will love seeing numerous types of beetles, insects, and other bugs at the Bug House in East Lansing. Located at Michigan State University, tours are available but need to be scheduled in advance.
- Call of the Wild Museum in Gaylord: Take your children to see a variety of animals and their habitats at the Call of the Wild Museum. There are more than 60 wildlife displays at this museum, and there are even hands-on exhibits available.
- Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw: Also called the Saginaw Children’s Zoo, this is the perfect place to take young learners to explore different animal species. At the zoo, children are taught about and allowed to interact with various animal species.
- Dinosaur Gardens Prehistoric Zoo in Ossineke: Learn about prehistoric animal species and various species of dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Gardens. Tours are available in the Dino Van or Farm Wagon. Explore the cedar swamp and take photos at the Pteranodon nest.
- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids: Spend a day exploring history at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. You will get a good understanding of both President and Mrs. Ford as you walk through the museum.
- Hurst Planetarium in Jackson: The Hurst Planetarium, which is part of the Ella Sharp Museum, is the perfect complement to any astronomy lessons you are teaching in your homeschool. Special events at the planetarium can also provide unique lessons for students.
- Klackle Orchard in Greenville: Every fall, thousands of people show up at Klackle Orchard to learn about produce, pick apples and pumpkins, and participate in games and activities.
- Michigan Firehouse Museum in Ypsilanti: Tour an 1898 firehouse along with a near, modern firehouse at the Michigan Fire House Museum. Visitors can see the original horse-drawn fire vehicles to learn how fires were combatted prior to the 1900s.
- Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing: Take a guided tour of the fully restored Michigan State Capitol Building. The building is more than 110 years old and is full of Michigan history.
- MOOmers in Traverse City: Visit MOOmers where you can tour either the ice cream store or dairy farm. The ice cream store tours allow you to make and taste your own ice cream and tour the facility. Touring the dairy farm allows you to see the barn, creamery, and farm, as well as participate in a milk tasting. Be advised that tours of the ice cream store are on different days than the dairy farm tours.
- Windmill Island in Holland: Visit Windmill Island where you can see the 240-year-old Dutch windmill named De Zwaan, which means graceful bird. Around the windmill, you will see more than 36 acres of gardens, canals, dikes, and picnic spots. You can also tour the Posthouse Museum, which is a replica of a 14th-century wayside inn.
We hope this handy guide provides homeschool parents with the resources and information they need to get started with homeschooling in Michigan. If you have any questions about Power Homeschool’s online curriculum, contact us today!
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