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We are at the end of our second year homeschooling.

I have been surprised by the number of friends and family that have had questions on how to begin homeschooling.

So I wanted to cover some of the general information I have learned in my short time.

Edited to add: Cover schools are no longer required in Alabama. Some school boards are a little less supportive of this. I still use a cover school, even though not required as it is much easier and less stressful for our family at this time. 


To begin home education in Alabama you will need to choose a cover school.  I have found Leaping From The Box has a great list of the current schools in Alabama.

A cover school/church school is required if you don’t have a teaching degree. There are two main options when it comes to a cover school. Some require you to make a statement of faith, some do not. There are a couple of schools that will also require membership in HSLDA : Home School Legal Defense Association.

In choosing a cover school, you can opt for one that is close to your home or one that isn’t. Some of the cover schools will have activities; such as clubs, field trips, and dances.
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The different schools have different requirements on grade and attendance reporting. Some require certain subjects be taught, such as religion or Bible.

We chose a cover school that has many activities, but is far away. We are fortunate that we can plug into a closer homeschool group when we want to. So the proximity to our school was not a factor.

Instead we went with a school that requires no statement of faith, no HSLDA requirements, no set curriculum, and only needs to know our attendance when we have met our state requirements.   We have been very happy with Everest Academy as our cover school and hope to use them until our kids graduate from high school.

If you are nervous about the idea of homeschooling your children, please check out my last homeschooling post, I Don’t No Enuff Two Homeschool My Kid. 

My Next post covers our homeschool curriculum.

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Getting Started Homeschooling: Cover Schools