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Homeschooling in Delaware

Explore Homeschooling helps you take an overview look at homeschooling requirements and guidelines in Delaware. While homeschooling was legalized in all fifty states by 1993, a homeschool statute was not passed in Delaware until 1997. Delaware’s state nickname is “The First State” due to the fact that in December, 1787, it became the first of the thirteen original states to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Mrs. Anabelle O’Malley’s first grade class at Mt. Pleasant Elementary school made the official request for the Delaware state nickname on May 23, 2002. Delaware is a great example of how any student can make a difference.

Snapshot of Requirements

  • Complexity

    Delaware offers three options for homeschooling, each of which has requirements that are fairly easy to comply with.
  • Teaching

    Delaware does not have requirements for any kind of teaching certification.
  • Testing

    Delaware does not require standardized testing or assessments.
  • Registration

    Annual notice of your intent to homeschool is required for all homeschooling options within the state of Delaware.
  • Grade Level

    Homeschooling is allowed in all grades. Delaware requires children between the ages of 5 and 16 to be schooled.
  • Reporting

    Attendance must be tracked for all homeschooling options and reported at the end of the school year to the Delaware Department of Education.

Advice For Homeschooling In Delaware

While Delaware takes a minimally invasive approach to regulations and requirements of homeschool families, staying diligent with your record keeping is still very important. Remember to file your intent to homeschool and your student’s attendance record annually. Be sure to utilize a planner, online program, or other method for tracking daily attendance. It only takes a moment of your daily routine to track attendance, but it can cost you hours of time trying to recall correct attendance if procrastination is allowed to set in.

QUICK FACTS

Over 2,500 students homeschool in the First State of Delaware!

Delaware has a variety of co-ops and tutorials for the homeschoolers!

Delaware parents have had the right to homeschool since 1993.

Featured Field Trip In Your Region

Destination Gettysburg!

Make Your Own History

Gettysburg is the perfect destination for a unique and memorable homeschool field trip; Your child will experience the stories of our nation’s dramatic heritage from an insightful firsthand perspective.

Check our website for ongoing “safe travel” updates on activities and events to help you plan your trip, and visit our LearnInGettysburg section for a listing of historical places designed to fully engage your homeschool student with the “living history” that defines our town.

Explore Homeschooling Activities In Your Area

Looking for field trip ideas? Follow the link below to learn more about field trips in your area and access a coordinating e-book to enrich your experience.

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History Museums

Do you ever wonder if your field trips are effective? With this download, you'll learn how to plan a history field trip, what to take along with you, and how to follow up on the trip with activities to reinforce learning. We've also included activity worksheets to use while on the field trip to help you make the most of your hands-on history exploration!

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Nature Study

How do you handle nature studies when nature isn't your thing? You find help! This download defines and describes nature studies, provides a list of materials you need, offers practical ideas for implementing a nature study, and includes a book list for reinforcement. We've even included worksheets to guide you each step of the way.

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Aquariums & Zoos

Zoos and aquariums are always fun to visit. But, with a little extra time and energy investment, you can turn your visit into an academically enriching activity! In this download, you'll find tips for planning your trip well, activities to complete during your visit, follow-up activities discussion guides, and a list of books to reinforce what your students have learned.

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Libraries

Did you know that you can turn something as simple as a trip to the library into a delightful field trip? In this download, you'll learn how to lay the groundwork for a fun trip, discover all of the exciting ways to enjoy a library visit, and find age-appropriate follow-up activities.

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Historical Sites

Historical sites bring history to life in amazing ways. With so many options available, it might feel overwhelming to try to plan a trip. This month's download is here to help! Find tips for planning, carrying out, and following up on a historical site visit—then get ready to enjoy!

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Outdoor Family Fun

A summer break from formal curriculum is a healthy and good thing. But, you can still keep your child learning, even during the break! In this e-book, you'll find tips for ways to combine summer learning and summer fun.

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Art Museums

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Art Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next art museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Community Kindness

Have you heard of the Random Acts of Kindness movement (RAK)? That's what this month's field trip focus is all about!

In this Community Kindness Activity Guide, you'll find suggestions for showing kindness to people in your community. You'll also discover volunteer options for every stage of learning. Download your e-book today, and start planning your RAK fun!

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My Town

How much do you know about your town? Notebooking can be a great way to process through learning about your city or town! In this My Town Activity E-Book, you'll find suggestions for completing notebooking activities to help you learn about both the geography and history of your community, town, or city. When you complete all of the research, you can add a cover and use a binder or folder to create a lasting version of your exploration!

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Indoor Field Trips & Factories

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Factory Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next indoor field trip, with a special focus on factories of all kinds. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Holiday Crafts & Recipes

No matter what the holiday, there are always fun ways to celebrate through crafts and cooking! In this Holiday Crafts & Recipes Activity E-Book, you'll find a wealth of craft options for all ages, as well as recipes you can whip up together. Use the results of your creativity to decorate your home, brighten the day of a friend, or even show appreciation to the people who serve your town or community!

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Science Museum

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Science Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next science museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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