How to Homeschool in Michigan

If you have decided to begin home schooling your student, then Michigan is a great place to get started. With few regulations, you will be free to make almost all instructional decisions yourself. To help get you started, in this article you will find the following:

  • An overview of Michigan homeschool laws,
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in Michigan, and
  • A description of how Moving Beyond the Page can help you get started.
* This page does not contain legal advice and is not an endorsement of any homeschool groups listed. (see disclaimer)

Michigan Homeschool Laws

While you are not required to report your home school to the Michigan Department of Education, you may choose to report your school. It is also advised that you report your decision to home school to your local public school. This will avoid the unnecessary involvement of a truancy officer. Even if you choose not to report your homeschool, you will still have to adhere to the following requirements.

As your student's teacher, you are required to hold either a teaching certificate or a bachelor's degree. You must also include as part of your instruction the following subjects:

All Grades
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • English
  • Science
  • Social studies
Grades 10-12
  • Constitution of the United States
  • Constitution of Michigan
  • US Government
  • State Government
Beyond these requirements, you are free to make all other decisions concerning your child's education. Michigan does not require you to participate in state testing or provide reports and records of your child's academic progress. It is suggested, however, that you maintain your own records to assist you should you decide to enroll or re-enroll in public or private school.

Homeschool Groups in Michigan

Homeschooling your children is a daunting task, but there are many groups and organizations in Michigan to help you out. Here are some organizations you may want to look into.

Information Network for Christian Homes (INCH)
This Christian organization hosts an annual conference and also works to connect homeschooling families through local support groups. Their website also provides several resources useful both if you are just starting out or if you are a veteran homeschool parent looking for some new ideas.
Michigan Gifted Homeschool Group
This secular group focuses on sharing ideas, stories, and support for parents homeschooling gifted children. In addition to hosting forums, this group organizes several field trip opportunities each year. The group is based in Southeast Michigan, but families throughout the state are welcome to participate in discussions and events. Note that you will have to register to use this site, but registration is free.
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NOTE: You can find a wealth of local and state groups offering homeschooling advice and support on sites such as Facebook and Yahoo Groups. You can search by city or county, religious preference, homeschooling philosophy, and more. You will need a free account on these sites to join one of their groups.

A Homeschool Curriculum for Michigan

Moving Beyond the Page is a homeschool curriculum that exceeds the requirements for homeschooling in the state of Michigan. All of the Moving Beyond the Page packages cover science, social studies, and language arts, and we offer a range of math programs as well. The Michigan legal requirements are only a starting point, and our curriculum utilizes a range of educational strategies that are designed to foster a love of learning in children including:

  • Hands-on activities,
  • Differentiated options, and
  • Independent projects.

Moving Beyond the Page encourages critical thinking and creativity while encouraging your child's unique learning style like no other curriculum on the market. If your child is a hands-on learner, a gifted learner, or a creative free-thinker, then you should look into Moving Beyond the Page for your child.

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Disclaimers

Any information about the laws in your state is provided to help you understand your legal requirements to homeschool in your state. It should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. This information was not compiled by a lawyer. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under. If you have questions, you should seek the advice of a lawyer that operates in your state.

Moving Beyond the Page does not endorse any of the homeschool groups that are included in these pages. They are provided only for your benefit. You should research any group to ensure that they align with your family's goals and philosophies.