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Home Schooling

Some parents choose to home school their child. This means that your child does not go to school with other children. He stays at home and learns with you. You are your child's teacher. Read this page to find out more about homeschooling.

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Remember these things

  • Home schooling is legal in every state in the United States.
  • Every state has different laws for parents who want to home school their children.
  • In some states, you have to be a certified teacher or private tutor.
  • Children with hearing loss are students who have special needs. Because of this, there may be special rules or paperwork you will need to do. Check with your local and state educational departments about this.
  • If you decide to home school your child with hearing loss, there are special ways to teach him reading, writing, and English.
  • Talk with other parents who home school their children. They will give you ideas about home schooling your child.

There are benefits to home schooling

  • Your child can learn in a stress-free classroom.
  • You don't have to worry about communication problems with your child.
  • You can start learning right away!
  • Your child can learn at his own pace. He can learn as quickly or as slowly as he needs to.
  • You can work a lot on the things your child needs to do. He may need to write everyday. He may need to read everyday.

Read this quote from a parent:

Before my children were home schooled, they didn't write everyday in school. Now, we write daily! We also take our time. At home, we can slow down and learn things right the first time. My girls remember more this way. In school they would memorize something quickly, but then forget it later.

—   J.D., parent of home schooled children

Check with your Local School

  • Your child may still need to take statewide testing.
  • Your child may be able to receive speech therapy and other services under his IEP. Read more about the IEP here.
  • Your child may be able to compete with other children in school and community fairs and activities.

Learn more about home schooling

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