Homeschooling in Mexico as American Expats with Four Kids

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UPDATED 1/16/20 – In this article, let’s answer some frequently asked questions, “How are you homeschooling in Mexico?” and “Can you homeschool in Mexico?” Below you will find the answers to both questions along with some very helpful links for homeschooling families living abroad in Mexico or various other countries, as well as homeschoolers living in their home countries. Let’s get started!

Homeschooling in Mexico as American Expats with Four Kids

Is Homeschooling in Mexico Legal?

In short, yes. In long, read this article, ¿Qué tan legal es la educación en casa (homeschooling)? If you can’t read Spanish, don’t worry. Use Google to translate the text into English. Although the translation may not be completely accurate it will be good enough for you to find your answer about the legality of homeschooling in Mexico.

As far as our own experience, we have not had any problems with homeschooling our children in our community of Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico. We have lived in Uruapan for four years and most people know “la familia de los gringos con cuatro hijos”. We are commonly asked if our children attend school in Mexico and when we reply, “Tenemos escuela en la casa”, no one ever gives us the stink eye.

Accredited Homeschooling or Homeschooling On Your Own?

We DO NOT use accredited schools for elementary or middle school education. Personally, we find that paying for an expensive accredited elementary or middle school programs is unnecessary for our family. That doesn’t mean it won’t be important to you, so do your research and make the best choice for your tribe.

I keep track of our kid’s progress and record it every year. It’s easy. If you Google “homeschool progress report templates” you will pull up a ton of pdf forms that you can purchase or use free of charge to keep accurate records of your kid’s education. I keep a paper trail because if we are ever asked for proof of education by the government or for entry to college, etc… we will have it.

Homeschooling in Mexico On Your Own – How?

Our kid’s educational needs change as they grow. As our kids change we change our homeschooling methods. I wrote an article several years ago, (Read it HERE), and after reading it you can see how much difference a few years can make in one’s homeschooling methods.

Brad and I highly prefer online programs but at times we have to supplement them with one-on-one teaching. Especially with the boys who are still learning all the basics. This is what our kids use today:

Alexis, age 16, is a fast learner, self-disciplined, and loves to read. After graduating from Penn Foster, an accredited high school program, she began working towards her Teach English As A Foreign Language certification via TEFL Fullcircle. They are offering a Groupon for a 160-hour course that only costs $39. I am not sure how long this Groupon will last so if you are interested better check it out now by clicking HERE.

Taylor, age 14, is very creative, easy-going, and loves videos. She is enrolled in Penn Foster, (Click Here for Info), the same program her sister earned her diploma. Penn Foster requires a lot of reading and she would have preferred video classes but for us, that wasn’t an option. We had no problems enrolling her despite her NOT attending an accredited elementary or middle school. She will graduate with a certified US diploma. We pay $69 a month but there are other payment plans available as well.

Sawyer, age 9, has ADHD and dyslexia. We had the hardest time teaching him to read, although he excels in math. After trying so many programs and failing to find something suitable for him… we finally stumbled upon Reading Kingdom, (Click Here for Info). It is fantastic and I highly recommend it! The program is designed to help kids with learning disabilities. Sawyer also uses Adapted Mind which teaches him math skills in a fun and unique way. We pay $9.95 a month for Adapted Mind and we pay $20 a month for Reading Kingdom.

Tristan, age 6, likes learning but tends to get bored easily. Right now, he is using a program called Reading Eggs. He just started it so we will see how he progresses. The $9.95 monthly payment includes access to Math Seeds and soon I will introduce math to Tristan’s homeschooling. Reading Eggs is very cute and colorful and Tristan seems to really enjoy it. After he is done with his school he plays on PBS Kids. The nice thing about that free site is it can be educational as well.

Homeschooling in Mexico, or anywhere for that matter, requires keeping a close eye on your child’s progress. Even if you use online programs like we do you still have to make sure they are doing their work and passing their classes. Basically, make sure your kid is learning. They are all different so we try not to compare but they should be learning one way or another.

What Type of Homeschoolers are You?

I like to say we are eclectic homeschoolers. We value reading, writing, and arithmetic with a heavy emphasis on lifelong learning and worldschooling. We are very easy-going homeschoolers and our most important pursuit as parents of four is to raise happy, kind, responsible, and spiritually-satisfied adults.

Our kids ALL help with household chores; we are immersed in the Spanish language and culture; we travel as often as possible; we study the Bible together as a family and endeavor to apply it in our lives; we love and care for a dog, four cats, and a turtle; we have close friends from Canada, the US, Mexico, and Japan; we are electronic nuts and the kids enjoy playing Minecraft online, and we make A LOT of mistakes but we keep trying and we love each other. For us, all of this is part of our homeschooling method.

In Conclusion, Here are a Few More Helpful Links…

  • ABCMouse – Both our boys used this program as toddlers. They both enjoyed the educational games and videos.
  • Book Adventure – Assign your kids a book and then have them take a quiz to make sure they actually read it ;-)
  • Duolingo – Great for learning a variety of languages including Spanish.
  • HSLDA – Got legal homeschooling questions? Go here first.
  • Miss Humblebee’s – Super cute and fun preschooling program. Tristan completed this before starting Kindergarten.
  • MobyMax – Worked for a while until the common-core curriculum became overbearing.

Some online programs are free and others have a fee. After much experience, we find when you pay for a program you tend to get better records of your child’s progress within the program. For three children, (Alexis’ TEFL certification was paid for upfront), taking online classes and tutoring it totals $110 a month. The prices I quoted in this article are in US Dollars.

If you have any more questions about homeschooling in Mexico please leave them in the comment section below. I will answer them as best as I can and if necessary I will incorporate them into this article. My goal is to keep this article updated with our latest homeschooling in Mexico adventures so that I can help all you families out there that are considering a move or a plunge into homeschooling :-) Signing off, Tina

Originally published February 4, 2019

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