Homeschooling in Mexico as American Expats with Four Kids

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I have been taking a sabbatical from blogging and photography. I feel the pull to do this every so often to evaluate my priorities and refocus my thoughts. I find that taking a leave from unimportant, yet enjoyable, pursuits, gives me needed time to put my family and my spirituality in proper perspective.

So with that said, I am trying to make a comeback! With this first post for 2019, I am going to answer a frequently asked question, “How are you homeschooling in Mexico?” Or “Can you homeschool in Mexico?” Or… I think you get my drift ;-)

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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.

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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 15, is a fast learner, self-disciplined, and loves to read. She is enrolled in Penn Foster, an accredited high school program. 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. She is on track to graduate early and at that point, we will possibly consider Penn Foster Career School or College which she can also do online and at home.

Taylor, age 13, has ADHD and dyslexia, is very creative, easy-going, and loves videos. She is enrolled in Acellus Power Homeschooling, a non-accredited middle school for $25 a month. She wanted to attend Acellus Academy which has an accredited high school program but we have opted to continue with Penn Foster for high school due to cost. Acellus Academy is significantly priced higher unless you enroll in the mentoring program but due to our circumstances she is not eligible. Taylor will start high school in May when she turns 14.

Sawyer, age 8, also has ADHD and dyslexia. We have 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. It is fantastic and I highly recommend it! The program is designed to help kids with learning disabilities. Sawyer also uses Time4Learning which teaches him extra language arts skills plus everything else he needs to know. These programs cost $20 a month each.

Tristan, age 5, likes learning but tends to get bored easily. He is in preschool and also uses Time4Learning. I don’t know if he will need Reading Kingdom like Sawyer. We will have to wait and see how he does when he starts Kindergarten. Since Tristan is our second child enrolled with Time4Learning we get a little discount and he pays $15 a month.

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, three 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 Time4Learning.
  • MobyMax – Worked for a while until the common-core curriculum became overbearing.

Some online programs are free and other’s 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 this reason, we are currently paying for all our children’s lessons. For four children it totals $150 a month. When Taylor starts high school in a few months this will increase to $210 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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2 thoughts on “Homeschooling in Mexico as American Expats with Four Kids

  1. Shar-ann Simpson says:

    Great article! Mexico is lax in the education of their children. When I was interpreting most of my patients from Mexico had only completed third grade. Most would tell me their parents took them out of school to work. On a rare occasion I would meet someone who had finished 8 years in school and they told me highschool had to be paid for so because of poverty most did not go. It is a sad situation. Thank you so much for sharing what you are doing there is always a new tidbit I get from you that can help our family.

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