Battling Misinformation

Battling Misinformation

The Iowa Legislature is now in session, and we’re hearing that there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation floating around the state capitol building. We shouldn’t be surprised, considering the recent attacks against homeschooling freedom.

Homeschooling & Child Abuse Fatalities

Recent tragic deaths of Iowa teenagers have focused attentions on efforts to identify the causes and propose responses. Because neither were attending an accredited school at the time their distressing deaths occurred, some have called for increased regulation of Iowa homeschooling families.

End-of-High-School Tests

Several standardized tests are associated with the culmination of secondary years in school, including the GED, PSAT, SAT, ACT, COMPASS, ASSET, and ACCUPLACER. Find out more about each of these and how they apply to homeschooled students.

High School Transcripts

Homeschool high school transcripts can be created using the simple steps we provide to effectively present what your high school student has accomplished.

Check Out Your Library’s Incredible FREE Resources

Check Out Your Library's Incredible FREE Resources

Iowa homeschooling mom, Michelle Andersen, is also an Iowa library director, which explains her enthusiasm for sharing the many incredible FREE resources available at and through your local public library. Check out this list from Michelle! 1. EXPLORE BOOKS, MAGAZINES, DVDs, AND AUDIOBOOKS   All kinds of reading material are available to enjoy or to support your curriculum. Your local library may … Read More

Be Prepared for IPI As a Legislative Target

IPI As a Legislative Target

As the January 8 opening of the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session approaches, anti-homeschool rumblings can continually be heard. High-profile individuals and organizations are calling for increased regulation and oversight for homeschooling families. In a recent public forum and in a published editorial, the American Association of University Women addressed the topic of homeschooling in Iowa – especially Independent Private Instruction … Read More

It Only Takes One Small Thing

It Only Takes One Small Thing

Anymore, I don’t run errands during the daytime with my children, mostly because schoolwork and activities have increased as my twins have gotten older. I have also become more conscious of the attention we draw. If I am with only one child, it seems that onlookers assume my child is out of school for the afternoon because of a doctor appointment or … Read More

Public School Alters Form

Public School Alters Form

“Oh, look! The school district included the NICHE IPI form in the information packet they sent me. I’ll just fill it out and send it in.” Sounds simple; right? And how nice that the school district used a NICHE form; right? Not so fast. Let’s take a closer look at the form.

Discovering & Developing Your Child’s Learning Styles

Homeschool Learning Styles What are the common homeschool learning styles? And how do you figure out what your child’s preferred style is? Take a few minutes to use this simple homeschool learning styles checklist. You’ll likely spot your child’s predominant learning style: • Visual • Auditory • Read/Write • Kinesthetic Then use our suggestions to help you adapt your homeschool instruction … Read More

What Can the School Require Homeschooling Families to Submit?

What Can the School Require Homeschooling Families to Submit?

“Can the school require me to provide that information?” “Do I have to file that form?” “Is that a legal mandate?” Homeschool Iowa receives questions like these all year long – but especially at back-to-school time.  One of the many services we provide is assistance in clarifying and meeting homeschool legal requirements in Iowa.  While the Iowa law and rules … Read More