Homeschooling: How To Get Started
Perhaps you’re considering homeschooling or maybe you’ve already made the decision to take on this exciting journey. Either way, you may be asking yourself, “How do I homeschool?”
Below are a few tips that will help answer some questions you may be wondering about on how to get started on your homeschooling journey.
1. Check Your State Homeschooling Laws
One of the first things you should do once you’ve made the decision to homeschool your children is to find out what your state laws are since homeschooling laws can vary by state. While some states have a very lax approach when it comes to homeschooling, others have many requirements that must be met. A great place to start to find out what the legal requirements for homeschooling are in your state is the state’s Department of Education website. It is important to note that homeschool requirements can change frequently, so be sure to check these thoroughly each year.
2. Look for Local Homeschool Groups
Homeschool groups and homeschool co-ops can be useful resources as you start your homeschool journey. In addition to being a wealth of information and encouragement for learning how to homeschool, many of these groups also offer classes for homeschoolers, homeschool field trips and other forms of socialization for homeschoolers. Plus you’ll receive tons of insights and advice from other homeschoolers who have years of experience and know what it’s like when you’re just starting out.
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3. Decide On A Curriculum and Homeschool Method That Works For You!
There are many different homeschool curricula to use such as textbooks, lapbooking, and virtual schools as well as different approaches such as unschooling, Christian homeschooling and roadschooling just to name a few.
Many parents think that once they’ve made the decision to homeschool they should go out and buy a ton of programs and curriculum. Prior to doing this and possibly wasting a ton of money on something that may not work, get to know your child on an academic level. How do they learn best? Is he or she a visual learner? Do they have special needs? Spend a few days or even weeks using various methods, for example, trial an online curriculum or check out a few textbooks from the library. Carefully observe your child and see which technique they respond to best. It may take some time to find what works. Likewise, what may work one year, may not work the next year or as your child gets older.
4. Create A Schedule & Make A Plan
Once you’ve settled on a curriculum based on your child’s learning style, you’ll be able to plan what your day will look like. Having a plan as you get started will be a huge help and give you some goals to reach for. Here is a free printable homeschool planner and a goals, strengths, and needs planner! Remember, you’re homeschooling now, so you’re not tied down to a certain schedule or number of hours each day, and you’ll love the amount of flexibility. Find what works for you and your family. It’s helpful to decide which subjects you will work on each day and how many lessons you want your child to complete.
Time4Learning members have access to detailed lesson plans and a student planner that will help your children keep track of what they need to complete each day.
Remember to also take into account snack time, lunch and time outdoors for physical education. When you are setting your schedule, don’t forget to consider educational field trips, extra curricular activities and other outings, perhaps with a homeschool group.
5. Trust The Process
Homeschooling offers families an abundance of opportunities, many of which you will not typically find in a traditional school setting. While homeschooling may take some trial and error, you’ll soon discover what works for you and your child. Homeschooling is an exciting journey, and whether you decide to homeschool for a few years or through high school graduation, the time spent with your child will be one that you’ll always cherish.
Time4Learning is vibrant, engaging, educational, and funny. It sure beats our previous homeschool curriculum which was textbook/workbook based.
Time4Learning is so effective that very little intervention is required. This works great if you're homeschooling multiple children.
Additional New to Homeschool Resources
- Welcome to Homeschooling Guide
- Four Burning Questions New Homeschooler Have
- See how Time4Learning works with our 60 Second Tour
- Explore Time4Learnings Interactive Lesson Demos
- Informative Videos to help get your homeschooling journey started
Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use
If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we’d suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos.
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