beginners guide to homeschool

The Beginners Guide to Homeschool

Homeschooling has become increasingly popular throughout the years. Parents are starting to take charge of their children’s education and it is extremely rewarding. Watch your children grow academically while focusing on their strengths and interests. Yet, eliminate the negative aspects of the public school system.

What is Homeschooling?

  • Homeschooling provides parents and guardians with the freedom of teaching their children in a variety of environmental settings.
  • Parents are able to choose what should and shouldn’t be taught to their children.
  • Anyone is capable of homeschooling their child; as long as they comply with state laws.

How to get started

  • First, look at your states guidelines for homeschooling. Each state has different requirements. This will keep you informed on what needs to be documented for each year. You will report this information to your local school district.
  • Take the time to acknowledge which style of learning applies to both you and your child. This will inform you on the best ways to teach and set you up for a great start!
  • Research and determine what style of homeschooling would be best for you and your family. Keep in mind that you don’t need to stick to one style and you can mix them!
  • Most parents buy a curriculum each year. There are so many options out there so take your time researching them. You could even build your own!
  • Find other homeschoolers in your area! This will help build a wonderful support group.
    • Look for homeschool functions.This will help break up your school days.
    • Local co-ops are wonderful as well

Tips for Successful Homeschooling

  • Do NOT compare your child to other children! Everyone is at different levels and your child’s strengths may lie in a different area.
  • Don’t feel obligated to complete everything in the curriculum or stick to it if is not working. It is a tool to benefit you!
  • Stay organized! This will help the days goes smoothly.
  • Set goals on what you would like your children to learn during the year.
  • Don’t be afraid to take learning to new locations! This is a wonderful thing about homeschool. There is no need to sit at a table all day!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will my child be socialized enough?
    • There is no need to worry! Your child will be well socialized if you participate in other activities outside of your homeschool. There are so many opportunities to fulfill socialization.
  • Why choose to homeschool?
    • Homeschooling provides flexibility; less hours, choice of academics, no rush to move forward, and wonderful for traveling. It provides families the ability to strengthen beliefs and morals while avoiding external influences.
  • What if our family doesn’t agree with our decision to homeschool?
    • It can be extremely devastating when family doesn’t support your decision. Do your best to express how you feel you are doing what is best for your child. Provide them with some examples of your children’s work to eliminate their worries/negativity. For instance, if they were able to visit the Lincoln monument and did a report on all of his achievements.
  • Which curriculum should I use?
    • There are so many out there. Some of them are free and others you have to buy. Only you will know what is best for your child. Try to base it off of their learning style. If they love being outside look for a nature curriculum. You could even make up your own curriculum to fulfill all of your needs. Just remember there is no perfect curriculum out there.
  • Do I need to have a teaching degree?
    • No, you do not. Most states require a high school diploma or higher to qualify you to teach your child.
  • What are the benefits of homeschooling?
    • There is such a huge list of benefits! However, I find the ability to mold education around your child instead of having to fulfill education standards to be my favorite.
  • How do I get everything done? (Teaching the kids, cleaning the house, make meals, etc.)
    • If you do not mange to keep the house clean while doing everything else it is okay! However, if one of your goals is to have everything run smoothly I suggest decluttering and having the kids participate in the daily rhythms of your household. It a great way to teach important skills!

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Homeschooling

  • You are more than capable of teaching your children and just remember to have fun with it! Homeschooling opens the door to so many possibilities!
  • Are you excited to get started? Feel free to tell me in the comments!
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1 thought on “The Beginners Guide to Homeschool”

  1. Great info for anyone thinking of homeschooling! We’re going on our 8th year and each year I find something new that I love about this lifestyle.

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