So you’ve decided you want to homeschool your children, but you have no idea where to begin. Believe me, I know what it’s like. I was in your shoes 5 years ago and man was it ever hard to figure out what to do first. Back then, I only knew of one person that homeschooled, my sister-in-law , and she lives in a different state. Not the greatest of resources when you’re looking for answers and you want to see what they do in their homeschool. Now that we’ve been homeschooling for 5 years and have connected with other families who homeschool as well, I know how this works and can give advice to newbies on what to do.
Check your state’s requirements.
I cannot stress this enough. Make sure this is the first thing you do. Make sure you know what your state requires of you to either pull your kids out of public school or even just to start schooling them at home if they have not been in school yet. If you need help with this check out HSLDA (Homeschooling Legal Defence Association), from there you can look up your state’s requirements on homeschooling as well as support groups in your area. I suggest you become a member of HSLDA because they offer legal services to you and your family if you need it for your homeschool.
Get plugged into a homeschool group.
Whether it’s a co-op you join or Facebook groups for homeschoolers. Join it. You will find other parents who may have more experience in a certain curriculum or have been homeschooling longer than you have and have a ton of advice on how to do something.
Look Into Different Styles of Homeschooling
There are a ton of different styles of homeschooling, but I would choose which one best fits YOUR child and their learning style. Some styles and their description are listed below:
Research Available Curriculums
There are a ton of different types of curriculums available now, that go along with each type of style of homeschooling. Find one that best you and your child and their learning style.
Look Into Your Child’s Learning Style
I have struggled with this since last year with my second child. I started teaching the same way I did with my oldest. He fought me tooth and nail until I talked to other homeschooling mamas in my co-op and circle of friends and realized, he may not have the same learning style as my oldest. If you’re looking to figure this out with your child, I suggest you head over to Rebecca’s Blog, Hip Homeschooling and take her Learning Style quiz. You will be amazed at how changing the way you teach your child with their learning style in mind, can help them.
Check Out Homeschool Blogs
This kind of goes with getting connected with homeschooling groups. Homeschool blogs are a great resource for newbies as well as veteran homeschoolers. They have tips on how to deal with certain learning styles, fun projects you can do with your kids and so much more! If you check out my Homeschool tab, you’ll find a link to resources which lists my favorite homeschool blogs.
Stay tuned for more homeschooling tips!!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask, I may not have all the answers but I can sure try to help!