In many cases, parents who want to home school their children suffer from initial uncertainties stemming from their lack of knowledge on how to go about this process and the particular regulations that are in place in the state the child is going to be homeschooled.
The first thing to know is that the parents do not need to register with any government organization or with their local school district when they start to homeschool their children. When you decide to do so, you are your own school and are exempt from any public school regulations. However, a letter of intent stating that you have decided to educate your child at home and would follow a curriculum, which would meet the basic education goals of the child may be provided to the school district or local school authorities. Please, note that it is not needed to withdraw a student from the school, neither do you want to issue such a letter every year. It is still best to have the proof of sending this letter for future reference.
As for the curriculum, you do not need to follow any set curriculum. There are different options available to you. You can make a thorough research on the subject, use the district library and other resources to design your very own curriculum. Also, remember that whatever curriculum method you choose, you do not need to get it approved by any authorities.
The parents often want to know if they need any specific qualifications to tutor their children at home and if they will be able to get their children into college in the future. Well, as far as the regulations are concerned, you do not need to have any specific high school, college degree or teaching certificate to homeschool your children nor you need to join any homeschool group. The groups are for support activities and you join them only if you feel there is a need to do so. As for getting your child into college, you will need to provide the college with portfolio or transcripts of your students. They may also be required to sit for SAT or ACT-like entrance exams. The requirements vary by colleges, but generally, homeschooling is no bar to being accepted into college.