California Homeschooling: How to File a Private School Affidavit, Step by Step Instructions

STEP 3: Kindergarten or 1st grade?

Obviously, this info is for if you have a child in this age range. If your child is older, you can skip this page and move on to page 4.

The answer to this question is truly entirely up to you…

Only you know your child and what they are ready for. And the answer to this question relies on different factors…

  • Do you think they may eventually be enrolled in public school? As such, your choice in grade may affect them in that they may be youngest/oldest of their future class, depending on their birthday. This may or may not be a concern to you. Especially since you also could just change their grade level if/when you decide to put them in school.
  • Have you already done kindergarten with them? Or enough learning has happened that could be considered “kindergarten”?
  • Do you have a child that you feel might need more time to process things and could use an extra year of processing what you’ve already been doing?
  • Do you have a child that you feel is advanced and is ready to speed things up?
  • Do you even care? A lot of homeschoolers don’t even really go by grade levels…and if they homeschool their entire school career, the only reason it would really matter would be to know when to graduate their children…(although that can always be changed.)

There are many reasons to choose kindergarten over 1st grade and vice versa. You will have to discuss this with whoever else is involved in making decisions regarding your child and decide what is best for your child.

Honestly, it really doesn’t matter in the long run, because you will be tweaking and altering your child’s education as you go, regardless. And most children rarely are “at grade level” in all subjects, if in any! And that’s if you even teach to “grade level” in the first place!!

The beauty of homeschooling is that it is custom tailored education.


Ok, NOW it’s time to get your paperwork ready!  Click page 4 below to continue to Step 4…