homeschooling in las vegas

Homeschooling in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin

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Homeschooling is on the rise nationwide.  You may be considering homeschooling in Las Vegas area, but not sure where to start.  That was me, last fall!  I’m sharing what I’ve learned along with awesome resources, books, groups, and more!

Where To Start

Books To Check Out

Here are great books that have helped me when I was considering homeschooling, unschooling, etc.

You might even be able to find some of these books for free through your local library via e-book, physical book, or audiobook with your library card and Libby or Hoopla App. You can learn more about Benefits of Getting a Library Card & Access To Free Perks.

Choosing A Curriculum

Choosing your homeschool curriculum can seem overwhelming.  Cathy Duffy Reviews is a helpful website that offers reviews on the most common curriculums. Choose a curriculum that fits your families goals and dynamics.

You will definitely want your kids to take a placement test to choose the current level as some curriculums are more advanced than others.

P.S. You do not need to purchase a curriculum and follow it to a T. There are so many free homeschooling resources, free printables, etc out there. You can do a combination of different curriculums or just one. Do what is best for your family.


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Homeschooling In Las Vegas

When it comes to homeschooling, Nevada makes it pretty easy to homeschool as there are so many resources for it. However, they don’t easily tell you what you should do unless you already know.

Step 1: Notice of Intent

If you are currently enrolled in the public school system…

If your child is enrolled in a Nevada public school prior to homeschooling you have to officially withdraw your child from the public school.

Contact the school’s principal to do so.  You have 10 days after withdrawing your child to submit the Notice of Intent (NOI) to Homeschool to the Superintendent.

If your child has not ever attended public school…

If your child hasn’t ever attended public school then you need to file your NOI by the time your child reaches the age at which attendance at a public school becomes mandatory.

But If your child is 5 or 6 and already enrolled in a public school you do need to file an NOI to Homeschool within 10 days of officially withdrawing from public school.

You can find the NOI form here.

Your child can still participate in activities and programs if you homeschool.  You would need to complete this form as well.

Step 2: Educational Plan

Along with your NOI you will have to submit your educational plan for each child you are homeschooling in Las Vegas.  Your educational plan needs to include:

  • English – reading, composition, writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies – history, geography, economics, government

Here is a simple example of what an educational plan can look like. Keep it simple.

Wild Desert Kids | Nature School | Forest School

Southern Nevada Facebook Groups

Check out this list of Henderson and Las Vegas homeschooling groups on Facebook:

Local Co-Ops & Groups

Local co-ops and meetup groups are a great way to connect with like-minded families who may also have kids around a similar age.

We recommended checking out a few to see what works for you. Some are free, while others may have a small cost associated to running their groups.

There is something for everyone!

Wild Desert Kids

Wild Desert Kids offers nature-inspired learning through everyday experiences & exploration of art, music, and literature.

They are a homeschool co-op, a nature school, a forest school in the desert. Programs are offered for Ages 0-6 and they offer a Nature Walking Group for all ages, as well as a Kinder Prep program. Their home is to connect like-minded families who are natural-minded, possibly want to homeschool, and enjoy the outdoors.

This is run by a local mama (co-founder of Southern Nevada Moms) and all programs are parent-child centered.

Once a month field trips, guest speakers, and workshops!

Henderson Christian Homeschoolers 

Henderson Christian Homeschoolers (HCH) exists to provide resources, encouragement, and support for families who choose to raise and educate their children in a manner consistent with their Christian beliefs.

EAGLES Homeschool Group

EAGLES Homeschool Group is a ministry of Canyon Ridge Christian Church and seeks to support families as they educate their children at home. They offer a variety of activities including park days, coop, moms’ night out, field trips, dances, PE, and more!

Henderson Homeschool Explorers

This group is open to all kinds of homeschooling families with at least one child 3 years of age or older. Their  vision is to have regular park days, meet-ups,  and activities in Henderson.

CHIEFS Christian Homeschool

CHIEFS Christian Homeschool offers monthly field trips, a writing inspiration program, Co-ops, park days, holiday socials are events, parent meetings, and monthly teen events.

Homeschooling in Las Vegas & Henderson Classes and Activities

Note that the times and costs of any activities below can change at anytime and without notice.

Homeschool Fit Play Special Uptown Jungle Henderson

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3pm

Cost: $11/child, $7/additional sibling

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for a discounted homeschool fit play special. Excludes holidays and breaks.

Dynamic Music Therapy

Homeschool Music Classes – offer 30-minute music recreation and education classes for school-aged children during the day – perfect for homeschoolers’ schedules! Choir and Special Ed classes are Wednesday mornings. Intro to music, recorder learning, and drumming are on Friday mornings.

All classes are inclusive of those with disabilities, or you may prefer the designated Special Ed class. Registration is required.

Homeschool Skate at Crystal Palace Rancho

Date: Every 3rd Friday from 10am-1pm

Cost: $7/person, $8.50/person includes pizza and soft drink

Head to Crystal Palance Rancho for Homeschool Skate. This is offered on the 3rd Friday of every month from 10am – 1pm. Prices start at $7 and include skates. – Homeschool Skate

Gotta Dance

Registration is open now for Homeschool Dance and acro classes! We have fun recreational classes suited for all levels. This year we have added a dance technique class for those homeschoolers with dance experience that want a more challenging class.

Southern Nevada Homeschool Performing Arts

Registration opens on August 7th.  SNHPA offers a music program in the Las Vegas Valley that teaches music from the ground up, starting at the Elementary Music program and continuing into the beginning instrument and choir classes that help students learn the basics of their instrument/voice and the language of music.

We currently offer band, orchestra, choir, guitar, private piano, elementary music, percussion ensemble, and music theory.

Homeschool Swim Team

Centennial Hills and Skyview YMCA. Join the swim team and develop team-building skills with trained coaches who will help to improve your swimmer’s competitive skills and endurance. The team learns the four core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and equity.

Homeschool P.E.

Centennial Hills and Skyview YMCA. This is a large group of homeschoolers who play and learn different sports games in the first hour and then move on to swimming in the second hour.

Field Trip Ideas

Field trips are a great way to enhance your homeschooling experience!  Here are some recommendations to add to your list!

FAQ

Homeschool Hours

The state of Nevada does not have a requirement on days/hours for homeschool. Every state has different laws. How long you homeschool each day will definitely vary depending on the age of your child and the curriculum you use! The chart below is a great guide.

We currently homeschool year round 2.5 each day/3-5 days a week and we take breaks/vacations when we need to.

What Curriculum do I use?

This is undoubtedly one of the most frequently asked questions I get. My usual recommendation is to carefully review the curriculum and make decisions based on how well it aligns with your family’s dynamics, beliefs, and goals.

Additionally, it’s crucial to recognize that what works well for one of your children may not be suitable for another. That’s part of the beauty of homeschooling – the ability to tailor education to each individual child!

For the 2023-2024 school year this is what I am using:

  • LA/Math: The Good and Beautiful
  • Science: The Good and Beautiful
  • Typing: The Good and Beautiful
  • History: Notgrass History
  • Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting
  • Spanish: Homeschool Languages
  • Bible: Exploring God’s World

Are there subjects you do everyday?

We do Bible, language art, math, and handwriting daily. We rotate in our other subjects.

What age did I start/should I start?

You can start when your kids are ready! Keep in mind the chart above. Kids kinder and younger will be learning mostly through you reading, songs, and play.

My kids where all enrolled in preschool and public school when I decided to homeschool. I withdrew them from school and started homeschooling with a curriculum when my kids were 3, 4, and 8.

Do I need to be a teacher?

No you do not have to be a teacher to homeschool.

Am I worried about socialization?

Short answer no! We have made a great group of friends homeschooling that we meet up with regularly. My kids are also all involved in extracurricular activities, a weekly co-op, field trips, and sports.

Teaching letter sounds

Teaching my kids to read will go down as one of the greatest things. Honestly don’t rush it, it takes patience and time. Make it fun! Listen to songs, play games, when you read let them find the letters in the book your working on and say the sound, etc.

Do I plan to homeschool through high school?

I am really not sure yet. My oldest is in 4th grade so I still have time. We will reassess as that time gets closer for us.

Enjoy the Process of Homeschooling in Las Vegas

Homeschooling in Las Vegas is totally doable. They have some amazing classes and co-ops.  Are we missing your favorite group or resource?  Share them in the comments below.

Co-Founder

Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!