Homeschooling in Oklahoma: Guidance for Getting Started

If you are a parent considering homeschooling in Oklahoma or are a current Oklahoma homeschooler, this comprehensive guide has everything you need.

We answer the most commonly asked questions about getting started in Oklahoma as a homeschooler, including what the state requires, the best homeschool curriculum resources, what you can expect in the day-to-day of homeschooling, and even what field trips are favorites in the Sooner State. 

Homeschooling in Oklahoma: Guidance for Getting StartedHomeschooling in Oklahoma: Guidance for Getting Started

DISCLAIMER: This article is not written as legal advice. Check with your local school board and official Oklahoma laws before making decisions about educating your children.

Is it easy to homeschool in Oklahoma?

Homeschooling in Oklahoma is actually quite easy. In fact, the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)  has designated it a no-notice, low-regulation state. This designation means that Oklahoma is one of the least restrictive homeschool states in America! In fact, Oklahoma is the only state to include the right to homeschool in its state constitution.

In addition to the freedom and autonomy you can expect as an Oklahoma Homeschooler, you’ll find that homeschooling is a popular choice for families in the Sooner state. A recent US Census Bureau survey revealed that Oklahoma had the fourth-highest increase in students making the transition to homeschooling since 2019. 

The H. Family, Sonlighters from OKlahoma City, OKThe H. Family, Sonlighters from OKlahoma City, OK
The H. Family, Sonlighters from OKlahoma City, OK

What are the Homeschooling Requirements In Oklahoma?

The State of Oklahoma does not require any notification, reporting, or testing for homeschooling families. As long as you meet the state minimum days of instruction each year (180 days) you are legally able to homeschool in any manner you choose, with no reporting requirements.

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Do homeschoolers have to take standardized tests in Oklahoma?

There are no testing requirements at all, for any homeschool grade level, in Oklahoma.

Getting Starting with Homeschooling in Oklahoma

Because there is virtually zero regulation, oversight, or requirements for Oklahoma homeschoolers, you have the freedom to homeschool in any way you see fit.  For many parents, this freedom is a huge relief. But, it can also feel daunting to know what you need for homeschooling and where to start.

We recommend that you begin to build your homeschool knowledge with our 101 Guide to Getting Started as a Homeschooler.

Homeschool Curriculum Resources

It is natural, when first getting started, to focus on the curriculum itself and what you want to teach. We recommend however, that you take some time to consider the big picture first. 

What do I need to homeschool my child in Oklahoma?

As you begin to plan for homeschooling your child, you will likely discover that creating a day-to-day routine and plan for learning is essential.  Here are two videos to help you prepare.

We also recommend that you designate a specific area in your home for your homeschool supplies, books, and learning resources. It is not necessary to have a dedicated room for homeschooling!  In fact, many families report the dining room table or living room couch as their primary school area. 

Next, you’ll need to choose resources for learning in your homeschool. Your choice should reflect the subjects you hope to teach and your preferred approach to learning.

Do you have to have a curriculum when homeschooling in Oklahoma?

There are no curriculum, or even subject requirements, for homeschooling in Oklahoma. You are free to choose the learning resources you feel work best for your child, and the academic subjects you wish to include.

Looking for homeschool curriculum resources can be an overwhelming task, especially without any guidance from the state. Although legally you are allowed to homeschool without any requirements, having an engaging and comprehensive curriculum makes homeschooling so much easier!

The Sonlight All-Subjects Package has everything you need to homeschool in Oklahoma, guiding you as you confidently provide a rich and appealing learning experience for your child.

You may also be wondering about online homeschool programs. While online learning certainly has a place in homeschooling, there are invaluable benefits to Sonlight’s Literature Based Approach. The compelling nature of literature is the basis of Sonlight curriculum options. Sonlight creates an engaging environment for growing young minds through the power of story.

Can you skip kindergarten in Oklahoma?

Because school is compulsory beginning at age 5, some sort of kindergarten homeschool experience is required in Oklahoma.  You do, however, have the anatomy to choose what and how your child learns in their kindergarten year. 

For homeschooling prior to first grade, Sonlight offers the following programs for early learning:

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    Pre-Kindergarten Package
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    All-Subjects Package K