Researching all aspects of homeschooling before making a decision is essential. One of the first steps is to research the legality of homeschooling in your state. Not all states are equal when it comes to the rights of homeschoolers or the requirements mandated in order to do so. Some states are quite restrictive when it comes to allowing homeschooling while others, like the state of Texas, make it easy. For Texas homeschoolers, there are few requirements and few restrictions. Not only is it legal to homeschool in the state of Texas, it is rather easy to do so with only three requirements.
The instruction must be bona fide. This means that you actually have to teach your child in some manner. There is really no hidden meaning to this. You simply have to truly teach your child as opposed to pretending you are or claiming you homeschool when there is no genuine education occurring. By claiming you homeschool you are acting in good faith.
The curriculum must be in visual form. This means you should have books, worksheets, written materials or computer work available to cover the courses your child takes. You can use a single boxed curriculum, pick and choose various materials or create your own. You decide what you use, it simply needs to be shown in written form.
You must include five basic subjects in your curriculum. While you are free to expand on what you teach your children, the only requirements are that you teach reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and good citizenship. If you choose to add more subjects, you are free to do so.
There are no reporting, testing, or certification requirements in Texas. Homeschools are considered private schools and are protected under the law as such. Unfortunately, not all states are as easy to homeschool in as Texas. But if you live and homeschool in Texas, the requirements are simple.