Wondering where to start with homeschooling?

We’ve got you covered. Here are 5 tips to get you started.

#1

Homeschool Conferences

Attending a homeschool conference is without a doubt the best way to get introduced into the world of home education. You will get a chance to hear from veteran home education speakers, learn about the many curriculum options that exist and meet other home educators. Several conferences are held throughout the year across different states. How do you find them? It’s really easy. Simply Google for a list of current homeschool conferences.

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#2

Check State Requirements

You’ll want to make sure you check state requirements for homeschooling. Each state is different, carrying their own legal requirements for home education. You can visit the HSLDA website to learn more about state requirements.

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#3

Determine Style of Schooling

Charlotte Mason is a method based on the beliefs of 19th century educator, Charlotte Mason, who believed it was vital to educate the whole person, not just the mind. Charlotte believed a liberal, “living” education bettered the soul of the child. This educational method includes the belief children should spend a fair amount of time outdoors experiencing life, learning life lessons through real events and have plenty of time to play. You can visit Simply Charlotte Mason to learn more.

Classical homeschooling is based on the three stages of learning called the Trivium. These three stages (Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric) coincide with the student’s cognitive development. During the early, foundational years of school, the student’s time is mainly spent absorbing facts. Middle school focuses on learning logic and teaching the student how to think critically. In high school, students learn the art of communication and self-expression.

Eclectic homeschooling, also known as “relaxed homeschooling” is a method used that combines a bit of everything, pulling from a variety of resources, curriculums and methodologies. With this approach parents utilize resources they believe are most important based on their needs and interests.

Unschooling, also known as “independent learning”, promotes child-led learning. With this method of home education there’s no set schedule or curriculum and children learn based on their interests.

#4

Curriculum Choice

Once you’ve determined a style that suits your needs you'll need to pick a curriculum. With all of the different curriculums available this process can be overwhelming so here are a few tips.

  • Decide if you’re looking for a faith or non-faith based curriculums as you can find both.
  • Some curriculums are visual based. For example, you can purchase a math curriculum that allows your child to use physical components to help them visually understand arithmetic.
  • Think about costs and what you’re willing to spend throughout the year as some curriculums can be more pricey than others.
  • Don’t forget about re-use. If you have multiple children you could benefit from curriculum material that allows you to re-use.
  • Lastly, conferences are a good place to pick up vendor materials on curriculums as well as strike up conversations with other homeschoolers to help you make better informed decisions.

#5

Connect with Local Co-op Groups

A Co-op is essentially a local group of homeschooling families who share common educational goals. Typically the group is led by a group leader or coordinating families. Co-ops are usually centered around group activities like field trips, classes, arts & crafts and more. You can find homeschool groups for your local area online at places like Meetup.com, Homeschool.com or you can search Facebook for homeschool pages.

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