You’ve embarked on a wonderful journey with your children. Homeschooling is a very rewarding way of life, but if it’s your first time you may be wondering where to begin. As you are getting started, keep these positive words in mind…
There is no “right” way to homeschool. How you homeschool your children evolves over time as you discover how your children learn best and you find your role in their learning. That’s the advantage of homeschooling. You can tailor it anyway you like. The sky’s the limit. So put your mind at ease, relax and get excited for what’s ahead. You are your children’s best teacher!
Here is a brief outline of the steps you can take to get started on your homeschool journey. Click on each step to read a full description.
Steps for Getting Started in Homeschooling
Read your state’s homeschool requirements and understand what is expected of you as a parent.
Submit necessary paperwork to your state department of education and local superintendent of schools.
Read about different approaches to homeschooling.
Decide which approach fits your personality and beliefs about how your children learn best.
Make learning goals for your child.
Make a plan of action to support those goals.
Read reviews about curriculums, if you are choosing to use any.
Determine what books and materials must be purchased vs. those that can be borrowed from your library or obtained through other means.
Make necessary purchases.
Decide whether to have a designated homeschool work space or not.
Find a convenient location to store books and learning materials.
Keep a file of important homeschool documentation for your state if needed.
Choose a system for recording what your child completes throughout the year.