Homeschooling In Northern Nevada

Homeschooling In Northern Nevada – Tips on Getting Started

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Homeschool is on the rise nationwide.  You may be considering homeschooling in Northern Nevada, 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!

Books

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

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. I also recommend watching youtube reviews or videos on curriculums your considering.

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


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Homeschooling In Northern Nevada

Once you make the decision to homeschool depending on the circumstance you will need to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Educational Plan to the district.

Notice of Intent

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 hasn’t ever attended public school then you need to file your NOI by the age of 6. 

You can find the NOI form here

Educational Plan

Along with your NOI you will have to submit your educational plan for each child you are homeschooling.  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.

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Mailing your NOI and Educational Plan Addresses:

We have shared the address of most counties in Northern Nevada.  If you don’t see your county listed contact us and we can help get it added to our list.

We suggest mailing your NOI via certified mail.  Keep a copy for your records.

Carson City
Superintendent
Attention: Homeschool
PO Box 603
Carson City, NV 89702

Churchill County
Administrative Secretary, Stacy Fisk
690 S. Main Street
Fallon, NV 89406

Douglas County
Superintendent
Attention: Homeschool
P.O. Box 1888
Minden, NV 89423

Elko County
Superintendent
Attention: Homeschool
PO Box 1012
Elko, NV 8980

Esmeralda County
Attention: Homeschool
PO Box 560
Goldfield, NV
89013

Lyon County
Attention: Homeschool
25 E. Goldfield Ave.
Yerington, NV 89447

Storey County
Attention: Homeschool
PO Box “C”
Virginia City, NV 89440

Washoe County
Superintendent
Washoe County School District
Attention: Homeschool
5450 Riggins Ct. Suite #5
Reno, NV 89502

you can also email in Washoe County:  WCSDHomeSchool@washoeschools.net

Local Educational Support Services + Co-ops

EAGLES Co-op 

Meets at The Cornerstone (Sparks Foursquare Church). They offer classes from nursery through high school.

IMPACT Co-op

Meets at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Reno. They offer classes from nursery up to 18 years old. The classes are taught by parents or local contracted teachers.

Classes range from the typical curriculum such as math and social studies and branches out to art, music, fitness, home economics, STEM hands-on, and more!

Battle Born Homeschool Co-op

Christian homeschool co-op that meets one day a week (Tuesdays) in North Carson City, Nevada for a total of 30 weeks per year. This year we will have classes for K-9th grades. Email cmorway@gmail.com for more information.

Light, Truth and Intelligence Educational Commonwealth 

This group is scheduled to meet Monday’s in Minden.

Cold Springs Co-op using the Gather Round Curriculum

This elementary grades co-op will meet in Cold Springs, NV, using the Gather Round curriculum. They meet every other week on Fridays from 10 am to 12 pm.  For more details email pattonmeagan@gmail.com

Freedom Co-op PMA

Freedom Co-op operates as a PMA and has locations in Sparks, Spanish Springs and VC Highlights.

Lighthouse Reno

Lighthouse is offering classes for 1st-12th grade on Tuesday/Thursday and the classes are drop off.

Classical Conversations

Classical conversations is a weekly co-op for families who are using the curriculum Classical Conversations.

Facebook Groups

Many homeschooling in Northern Nevada Facebook groups plan weekly or monthly outings.  We have shared several local homeschool Facebook groups below.

reno ice

Extra-Curricular Activities

With homeschooling on the rise so are the activities and resources available to them. You also have a ton of flexibility with your schedule. Confirm date/time/cost as these are subject to change.

WILD Enrichment Program

Offering classes to homeschool kids.

Archery

High Desert Archery offers both a Tuesday class and a Thursday homeschool class.

The cost for the homeschool class is $40 with their own equipment or $55 using our equipment. It is a monthly cost. Ages are 5yrs-18yrs.

You can call (775) 432-4041 to have your family added to the list.

Farm Homeschool Program

Urban Roots in Reno offers a homeschool program for ages 5-15.

Sessions run from September to November and February to May and are offered 2 days a week. Your child may attend one or both sessions each week. ​​

Ice Skating

Reno Ice offers “learn to skate” classes during the day for homeschooled students!  This is a great way for kids to learn to skate and meet other homeschooling families!

Martial Arts

Evolution Martial Arts

in Sparks, NV. offers a homeschool class during the week on Wednesdays.

Momentum Martial Arts

The homeschool MMA program is Wednesday/Fridays mornings! Ages 4-7 at 10:30 and ages 8-13 at 11:00! BONUS: They offer a women’s class for the mom overlapping at the same time!

Outschool

Outschool is an online platform that offers classes for everyone.  You can sign up for recurring classes or single classes.  From language arts, Lego challenges, coding, dance, and more!

Golf

First Tee Golf offers golf in the Fall and Spring. It is for ages 6+.

FAQ

Homeschool Hours

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 3-4 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 encounter. 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!

Here is what I am using for the 24-25 school year:

  • Language Arts: Christian Light Education
  • Reading: Christian Light Education
  • Math: CTCMath
  • Science: The Good and Beautiful
  • Typing: Typsey
  • 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 in Nevada. I think if you have a heart and desire to homeschool anyone can homeschool without a degree. I am consistently learning new things beside my children and I actually love that part of homeschooling!

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 5th grade so I still have time. We will reassess as that time gets closer for us.

Enjoy Homeschooling in Northern Nevada

What other questions can we help with? Homeschooling In Northern Nevada doesn’t have to be a solo journey, there are tons of families to help! What other resources should be included?  Leave us a comment below!

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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 board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she 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, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!