Homeschooling in New Mexico
Here are some useful resources that may be helpful as you are getting started.
Power Homeschool’s Homeschooling in New Mexico site highlights resources, helpful tips, support groups, and so much more!
Homeschool Support & Groups in New Mexico
One of the most beneficial things that homeschoolers can do is to get involved in their state and local homeschool communities. Statewide homeschool associations are organizations that provide resources, offer legal advice, and sponsor events.
One of New Mexico’s largest homeschool associations is called the Christian Association of Parent Educators (CAPE-NM). The perks of becoming a member of this homeschool association include email alerts, information about upcoming events and suggested resources, and discounted HSLDA memberships.
In addition to a statewide homeschool association, New Mexico homeschoolers can join support groups and co-ops. Homeschool support groups allow families to connect with other homeschoolers in their area and share advice about homeschooling. These groups can either meet in person or communicate online, but either way, homeschool support groups can enhance home education and offer support for parents and students.
Homeschool co-ops are similar to support groups, but they exist to give homeschoolers group learning experiences, which build valuable skills like teamwork and communication. Parents typically take turns providing instruction or hire a tutor. Some homeschool co-ops focus on particular subjects or enrichment activities, while others are general or offer faith-lead studies.
Whatever your family is looking for, you are sure to find a homeschool support group or co-op that aligns with your needs. Many groups have Facebook pages or websites, making them easy to find online. However, here are a few examples to provide you an idea of the types of support available to New Mexico homeschoolers:
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How to Start Homeschooling New Mexico
When considering homeschool for the first time, it is perfectly normal for you to have a lot of questions. Our guide to getting started with homeschool is a great place to begin when researching whether homeschooling is the right fit for your family. First, you should research the homeschool laws in New Mexico to ensure you can abide by all the necessary requirements. If you choose to transition to homeschool, you will need to notify your school district.
Before starting to homeschool, you’ll also need to select a homeschool curriculum program that will fulfill the subject requirements for home education in New Mexico. Power Homeschool is an online curriculum for K-12 students, which includes courses in the core subjects of mathematics, language arts and reading, science, and social studies. Our students can also take electives, foreign languages, career and technical education, and social and emotional learning courses.
Homeschool Field Trips in New Mexico
A great way to enhance any curriculum is by going on field trips and participating in enrichment activities. Students of all ages and grade levels can learn something new by touring museums, exploring science centers, and attending special educational events. New Mexico has many different field trip destinations for all types of students. However, the following are examples of field trips across New Mexico to give you an idea about all the state has to offer.
- Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano in Grants: This unique field trip allows students to learn about geology and landforms by exploring an ice cave and volcano. Families will have a full day of activities with touring the galleries, participating in gem mining, and visiting the trading post.
- Aztec Ruins National Park in Aztec: Although named after the Aztec civilization, these ruins actually belonged to the Pueblo community. Students can explore the ruins to learn about what life was like centuries ago.
- New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque: Exploring the halls of exhibits will allow students to learn about the science and natural history of the region. Complete with a theater and planetarium, families will find a lot to do at this museum.
- National Hispanic Culture Center in Albuquerque: Located on the Rio Grande, this cultural center allows visitors to learn about the Hispanic culture and history of the area. In addition to permanent and temporary exhibits, families can attend workshops, special events, and more.
- Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos: Exploring this land will allow students to learn about the diverse ecosystems, wildlife species, and history of the ancestral Pueblo people that inhabited the land more than 10,000 years ago.
- Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe: With nine galleries and numerous family programs, this museum allows students to learn about the world-famous American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Young artists will be inspired by her paintings, drawings, watercolors, and pastels.
- New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe: New Mexico homeschoolers can learn about the history and culture of the state. The museum’s exhibits showcase the history of indigenous tribes, Spanish colonization, the Santa Fe Trail, and much more.
- Mesalands CC Dinosaur Museum in Tucumcari: Housing both replicated and original fossils, this museum is a great field trip for students to learn about paleontology and geology. The museum also features sculptures, paintings, and a children’s activity center.
- Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio: Homeschoolers can explore wildlife species that are native to the region, including birds that fly south for winter. Free guided tours and nature trails are available, as well.
In addition to our online homeschool curriculum, Power Homeschool provides parents and students with tools and resources to help them begin homeschooling. Please contact us if you have any questions about how we can help you get started with Power Homeschool.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this web page is for general information purposes only. The information provided does not constitute legal advice and may not contain the most up-to-date information.
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