One of the first questions new homeschoolers always ask me is, “How do I get started?”
I remember feeling overwhelmed by all of the unknowns in my future homeschooling journey. Below are some things to help you get started, ease your mind, and point you in the right direction for the wonderful decision you have made to home educate your children!
Here is a wonderful letter of encouragement that every new homeschool mom should read:
Find out the laws in your state.
You can find out your states specific laws by going to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association’s site HERE.
Find out exactly how your children learn. It is imperative to know each of your children’s specific learning styles if you are going to effectively teach them.
A few great books to read on the subject are:
Read about some “real life” homeschooling families and how they do what they do.
This book is the PERFECT encouragement and insight for the new or contemplating homeschooler!
Figure out the approach you’d like to take. After you figure out how your child(ren) learn, you’ll want to decide the approach that best fits your family.
I have found Cathy Duffy’s 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child’s Learning Style to be the best authority on this subject. Duffy’s book also gives you great insight into the next step: Choosing the curriculum(s) that best fit your learners.
Choosing the curriculum(s) that best fit your learners.
Duffy’s book above also covers this topic extensively and gives more great insight into the various types of curriculum out there. It is a great way to get a good idea of all the different types of curriculum offered before you just do Google searches because you will become easily confused and overwhelmed otherwise.
Join a local support group.
You will find a tremendous amount of information from being connected with other homeschooling families. It is a great way to get your family involved in organized field trips, monthly informational meetings, co-op classes, and other wonderful activities. When looking for a local support group you can check your local churches and libraries to point you in their direction. You can also check the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website for a listing of local groups HERE.
Join an online support group.
My favorite online support group is The Homeschool Lounge. This virtual community is comprised of 18,000+ members and offers various groups and forums based upon interests.
Online homeschool publications.
This is a wonderful way to read about various homeschool related articles. I would highly recommend the following:
I hope the above resources/suggestions help you along in your new journey! Enjoy, you have made an amazing decision for your family! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.