So, you’ve made the decision to homeschool. Now what?
Here are ten things to think about:
- Are you going to school year-round or follow a traditional 9 month school year approach? Our family has chosen to school year round simply because learning doesn’t stop in the summer. Each day is filled with incredible learning opportunities. We also like taking breaks throughout the year to travel and visit family, thus year-round schooling is the best option for us.
- What style of homeschool will you have? There are multiple homeschool methods to choose from: Charlotte Mason, eclectic, unschooling, traditional, school at home, unit studies, notebooking and many more. Do some research, determine which style fits your family and go from there. Our family uses a combination of traditional and unschooling, which are opposite ends of the spectrum but it works for us.
- How will you structure your days?In this post, you can see a peek into our day.
- After you decide which style of homeschooling you will use, then you need to find curriculum. Are you looking for faith-based or secular? We’ve been homeschooling three years and have switched curriculum each year. That’s okay. We’ve finally found one that works well for our upside down homeschool.
- What kind of homeschooling budget do you have? Homeschooling can be expensive. It can also be done for nearly free. My friend, Jamerrill, wrote an awesome book about homeschooling for free. Check it out!
- Learn about your state’s homeschool laws. Homeschooling varies from state to state. HSLDA is a great resource for learning about homeschool laws.
- Talk to your spouse. Is he supportive of this lifestyle? Share your vision with him. I can not imagine how difficult homeschooling would be if my spouse was not behind me 100%.
- Talk to your children. Get them excited about school. Find out what their interests are. Do you know your child’s learning style? Do they have reservations about homeschooling? Explore them together.
- Find a homeschooling mentor. Someone who can guide you, laugh with you, cry with you and love you. Homeschooling isn’t all fun and games. Find someone who “gets it” and will encourage you every step of the way.
- Attend a homeschool convention. This is the best thing we do for our homeschool each year. You will be filled with encouragement, inspiration and a new love for your family. Teach Them Diligently is one of the best conventions and they have announced three locations for 2013. Make plans to attend, your homeschool will thank you!
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