Educational Plan of Instruction
Part of your Notice of Intent to Homeschool is the “educational plan of instruction” as described in NRS 388D.050;
1. The parent of a child who is being homeschooled shall prepare an educational plan of instruction for the child in the subject areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, including history, geography, economics and government, as appropriate for the age and level of skill of the child as determined by the parent.
2. The educational plan must be included in the notice of intent to homeschool filed pursuant to NRS 388D.020. If the educational plan contains the requirements of NRS 388D.020, the educational plan must not be used in any manner as a basis for denial of a notice of intent to homeschool that is otherwise complete. The parent must be prepared to present the educational plan of instruction and proof of the identity of the child to a court of law if required by the court.
3. This section does not require a parent to ensure that each subject area is taught each year that the child is homeschooled.
Below is a summary of the above legalese:
Your plan must include instruction for:
- English – reading, composition, writing
- Social Studies – history, geography, economics, government
The subjects described above should be taught “as appropriate for the age and level of skill of the child as determined by the parent”. This plan is a general overview of the things you intend to teach your child. It does not have to be a day by day accounting of what your lesson plans or similar. You do not have to teach each subject every year. Again, it is a general outline of what you intend to teach your children over the course of their education for the year you submitting your NOI to Homeschool in the given subject areas.
Parents should note that should your homeschooling come under investigation due to a report of “education neglect” the court (not anyone else) may require you to submit an education plan for the year of homeschooling under investigation to the court for review.
Finally, the law states in NRS 388D.020 (6), if you include all the subjects above and the required notification information is complete, the school district cannot deny your Notice of Intent. They have no right to require certain levels of instruction or testing in any subject. If you include your plans for each subject your NOI cannot be rejected. Remember, this is just “a plan,” if it changes during the year that’s just fine. Additionally, you are not required to teach all subjects listed in the education plan if you can show the subject material is not suitable to the age and skill level of the child.
EXAMPLES of Educational Plan of Instruction:
Worldbook.com – Typical Course of Study by Grade Level -this guide is World Book’s original course of study outline recommended prior to the adoption of Common Core State Standards and used by homeschoolers for decades. NHN highly recommends that homeschool parents steer clear of “common core aligned” curriculum and use older, stronger curriculum to provide a better education for their children.