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  1. Nikki smith
    January 14, 2016 @ 8:42 am

    Can someone contact me

  2. Heidi
    January 14, 2016 @ 8:58 am

    If you are looking for assistance you may send an e-mail to

  3. Trudy Smith
    January 23, 2016 @ 12:19 pm

    thank you so much this information is so helpful in getting me started. if i have any question may i reach out to you

  4. Heidi
    January 23, 2016 @ 5:18 pm

    I am glad this was helpful to you. I will do my best to answer your questions. For more in-depth help I offer Homeschool Consulting Services

  5. Jessica G
    February 9, 2016 @ 1:54 pm

    What do you do if you homeschool a child turning 6 before December but are doing Kindergarten and not First grade? We are in New York State (not NYC though)

  6. Heidi
    February 10, 2016 @ 9:02 am

    From the NYSED Home Instruction Questions and Answers: “The law now requires children who turn six on or before December 1st to receive instruction from the start of the school year in September of that year. Children who turn six after December 1st must begin to receive instruction no later than the first day of school the following September.” It would seem to me that Kindergarten would be the appropriate grade to report. Both based on age and the fact that you are covering Kindergarten.

  7. lloyd
    March 29, 2016 @ 9:43 am

    Thank you for creating this site. The information in your site is so helpful especially for a parent who is new to home schooling.

  8. Heidi
    March 29, 2016 @ 10:04 am

    I am so glad you are finding things here to help you! Being a new homeschooler can feel daunting, but you do find your way as time rolls on!

  9. Debby
    June 9, 2016 @ 3:31 pm

    I am doing research on homeschooling laws in different states, and I can’t find any information on the requirement to attend a degree-granting institution for 12 hours per semester. Can anyone tell me what this means and how families fulfill this requirement? Thank you!

  10. Heidi
    June 9, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

    Debby, I am not sure what you are referring to. I don’t know of such a requirement for NYS.

  11. Debby
    June 9, 2016 @ 4:43 pm

    It’s number 5 on the IHIP. “a statement that the child will be meeting the compulsory educational requirements of Education Law section 3205 through full-time study at a degree-granting institution, meaning enrollment for at least 12 semester hours in a semester or its equivalent, if that is the case. In this situation, the IHIP shall identify the degree-granting institution and the subjects to be covered by that study.”


  12. Heidi
    June 10, 2016 @ 10:33 am

    That statement includes the wording, “or its equivalent” which refers to homeschooling without using an outside program. In the elementary years it is implied with your list of subjects covered and in the high school years people often designate the exact break down of credits from each course/subject. If you look at that education law (section 3205) it refers to attendance and age. Kids have to be enrolled in public school (or the homeschool equivalent) for specified ages.

  13. Debby
    June 10, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

    Thank you! I kept seeing the phrase “degree-granting institution,” and I didn’t know if home school fulfilled that requirement. Thanks again!

  14. Heidi
    June 10, 2016 @ 4:55 pm

    No problem! Happy to help!

    February 20, 2018 @ 2:42 am

    Thanks, for your help.

  16. Nilsa Maldonado
    March 30, 2018 @ 10:41 am

    I feel sometimes overwhelmed with the state’s demands and end up overdoing it (spending too long on the quarterlies and trying to include every detail covered…). Living and homeschooling in NYS is tough but this information you shared makes it easier to comprehend than the wording of the NYS ed dept site (the sections pertaining to education at home). Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  17. Heidi
    April 2, 2018 @ 8:29 am

    I’m so glad that this information was of help to you! NYS Regulations can definitely seem overwhelming at first. It helps to have someone who has been navigating it explain it to you! 🙂

  18. MrsMommyHolliday
    May 14, 2018 @ 4:46 pm

    This is exactly the breakdown I was searching for. Thank you for posting such a great outline and samples.
    Keep up the great work.
    Also, I’m interested in attending a homeschool convention in NYC/NYS, but I’m unable to find any on the East coast. Do you happen to know of any?

  19. Heidi
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

    So glad this was helpful to you! Unfortunately the majority of larger homeschool conventions are south and west.

  20. Heidi England
    September 26, 2018 @ 10:36 am

    Hi Heidi. My husband and I have decided that we want to home school our 7 year old daughter. However, we are past July 1st. Is it too late to file a Notice of Intent?

  21. Heidi
    September 26, 2018 @ 11:23 am

    No, not at all! You have 2 weeks from the time you pull your child from school to give notice via a Letter of Intent (LOI)

  22. Heidi England
    September 29, 2018 @ 9:59 am

    Awesome! Thank you so much!! Any recommendations on curriculum for a 2nd grader (prefer non-religious study.) I appreciate all your help so much 🙂

  23. Heidi
    October 1, 2018 @ 9:58 am

    No problem! You can check out what we used for our youngest when she was in second grade here:

  24. Heidi England
    October 2, 2018 @ 9:24 am

    Great! Thank you again! 🙂

    June 2, 2019 @ 5:04 am

    I am looking at Homeschooling my 9th grader. Any suggestions on how to start?

  26. Tenesa
    June 3, 2019 @ 2:33 am

    Do Kindergarten students need an end of school year assessment?

  27. Heidi
    June 3, 2019 @ 1:13 pm

    Hi Tracy, here are two articles I think will help you get started: How Do I Get Started Homeschooling ( and So You’re Scared to Homeschool High School (

  28. Heidi
    June 3, 2019 @ 1:16 pm

    The regulations are not terribly clear when it comes to Kindergarten but the way I understand them is that yes, you need an end of year for all grades. Most districts allow for a parental narrative which is what I have always done in the younger years. This would be the example labeled “For an Assessment”

  29. Leo Garcia
    June 29, 2019 @ 12:19 pm

    Has anyone experience home visitations…?

  30. Heidi
    July 1, 2019 @ 11:20 am

    I personally have not. And legally they can’t do that.

  31. Melissa Abadia
    August 13, 2019 @ 3:45 am

    Hello I live in the Hudson Valley area. I turned in my IHIP. The school sent me a notice stating I must register my kids. Has anyone else experienced this? I thought I was NOT required to register them as long as I keep a record of their attendance. Any help would be much appreciated!

  32. Heidi
    August 13, 2019 @ 7:43 pm

    It is NOT required that you register them with the district. Only that you file the paperwork as stated in the NYS Homeschooling Regulations.

  33. barbara
    August 18, 2019 @ 9:20 am

    thank you very helpful? are you still blogging?

  34. Heidi
    August 19, 2019 @ 10:11 am

    Yes, I am. Not as much as I used to as life is busy, but still here adding new content, and refreshing old stuff too!

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  37. Natalie
    April 10, 2020 @ 1:57 pm

    This page is God-Sent…THANK YOU!! I was so overwhelmed by trying to seek out this information on my own to begin homeschooling my 13 year old son in the fall, and this just brought me such peace. You have broken down the most important steps in ways that I feel I can now address. Honestly, this was an answered prayer..thank you so very much!

  38. Heidi
    April 14, 2020 @ 11:53 am

    Natalie, thank you SO much for this! Getting started homeschooling can be scary and doing it in NYS makes even the best of people nervous about how they will comply. After being a terrified parent myself and being so grateful for people that helped me, I wanted to try and help others. To help let people know that while it seems scary, it’s doable.

  39. Christina
    May 9, 2020 @ 8:37 am

    Im a first time homeschooling . and my daughter is on time for learning . its very confusing what to do for quarterly reports.

  40. Heidi
    May 25, 2020 @ 9:59 am

    Christina, you include things she covered for each subject in her quarterly reports. For instance, if she covered addition and subtraction of fractions for math, that is one thing you could write for that quarter. The same goes for each subject. Pick a few things she covered to highlight in your quarterly report for each subject.

  41. Shauna Mae
    June 28, 2020 @ 12:02 pm

    Thank you for posting this information so clearly and concisely! I’ve been h/s for years and the information you organized helped me revamp my checklists to be much easier to get through.

    Thank you again!

  42. Heidi
    June 30, 2020 @ 11:15 am

    Thank you! I’m so pleased you found this information helpful! So many people are put off by the NYS regulations. My hope is that the information I put out here can help people feel more comfortable navigating the homeschool regulations.

  43. kari
    September 6, 2020 @ 11:58 pm

    How do I go about homeschooling my 4 year old because the elementary school isn’t offering remote learning for Pre-K students? I dont know what NYS education guidelines are to be sure that I provide my child with the education she needs in order to be on track for kindergarten next year.

  44. Heidi
    September 9, 2020 @ 11:24 am

    Here is a link to the NYSED curriculum standards – I highly recommend doing a ton of reading and writing with your child. There are lots of great workbooks out there (I used to buy mine at Barnes and Noble) that will help you with preschool as well. If you prefer something online try something like ABC Mouse. I used it with my youngest and it was wonderful.

  45. tim
    May 26, 2021 @ 10:15 pm

    this was the most helpful source of info I have found; about to take the leap with three of my kids and this made it feel a bit less overwhelming

  46. Amber Murray
    May 29, 2021 @ 11:53 pm

    Hello Heidi,
    Thank you for this amazing break down. I do have a question as far as Library skills are concerned. What does the entail for an 8th grade student. I have been searching for a curriculum but I am coming up empty handed.

  47. Heidi
    May 31, 2021 @ 10:05 pm

    SO glad this could be of help to you! It really isn’t as bad as many people fear.

  48. Heidi
    May 31, 2021 @ 10:09 pm

    We never really used a curriculum for this. It was something we integrated in to our school flow. Going to the library and using the resources to help with whatever subject we were learning. Here is a post with some ideas you could adapt to your needs:

  49. Marie
    January 23, 2023 @ 11:33 am

    Can you order work books online for assignments how do you know they will be acceptable ? Also do you do each subject daily or work on one subject each day ?

  50. Heidi
    February 15, 2023 @ 4:44 pm

    You can buy and do whatever you want. You just have to be within the Homeschool Regulations. For instance, they state you have to cover math each year in the younger years, but not what math. You get to decide that. As part of your yearly paperwork you send in and Individualized Home Instruction Plan – which is basically you telling them what you are covering for each subject they require. It has depended on the child, the subject and the year how I structure our days.

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