I have been meaning to put this post together. I decided that I best get it finished. I have been meeting quite a few new homeschool Mom’s and I would like to answer their questions, if possible. More and more people are realizing that homeschol may just be the best thing for their families. Times are changing and it’s time we all start to think about what we really want our children to learn and be influenced by.
Below is 10 Steps to help you begin your journey to homeschooling. I hope this helps you!
1. Look up your states homeschool laws here. Why? Each state has a set of specific laws you must go by in order to homeschool. Some are more strict than others. Once you know them, you will be able to move forward. You could write them down or print them out so you don’t forget.
I am in Georgia, so I have to follow the laws shown below.
2. Disenroll: Once you feel a little more confident in knowing the laws, pull your child out of school. Before you go, have your printed statel laws with you. Public schools usually do not know what the state laws are. Some may argue with you, so it is good to have proof.
3. What now? Don’t freak out. You have time. For example, in Georgia, a parent has 30 days to submit a declaration of intent to homeschool. This gives the parents time to sort out their plans. The form is online and is also submitted via the web. How convenient right? Here is what it looks like:
4. Deschool: Don’t play school at home. You want to get away from the idea of “school” because homeschool is nothing like public school. You are homeschooling for a reason right? The best thing to do is relax and live day to day as usual. Here is an article explaining deschooling more fully and I highly recommend you to read.
Deschooling simply means The idea is that all children are born with a sense of creativity and a desire to learn and that these innate desires have probably been squelched by the institutionalized school setting.
5. Find out your child’s interests. Explore, live, spend time together. Learn about your kids first. Take a field trip to your city’s historic sites or go to a museum. Have a conversation about your favorite things as well. You will discover that there is so much to learn about your own children. It is a really beautiful thing.
If you get to the point where one of your kids just doesn’t know, don’t freak out. They will figure it out in time. Just give them choices and always have resources readily available. Google is helpful!
6. Find out their learning styles. This is so very important. It will make life for them and you, so much easier! No child learns the same as the rest. You have your visual, kinesthetic and hands on learners. I highly recommend you doing a learning styles quiz with your children.
7. Placement tests: It is a good idea to know where your child is at in regards to Math and reading. I did our placements just to help myself know what we needed to work on and where there were any gaps. I did not even tell them they were tests. If your state requires these, you can find many free tests online. It is possible your state supplies this for you.
For your convenience, here are two website’s you can try.
8. Free Resources: Try out the free resources first. There are so many free resources online that one could homeschool completely FREE. You can scour the web for just about any kind of worksheets, lists, books unit studies and more. This gives you the chance to find what they like before committing to an expensive curriculum.
My recommendation for starting an already planned homeschool online for free Easy Peasy
For Free printables, have a look at Education.com
9. Don’t make it obvious: Make learning easy and accessible. Have bookshelves, paper, craft supplies etc., always around. You want it to be their idea while guiding them through independent learning. This is starting to sound a little unschooly huh?
10. Keep a journal and a record. Write about the struggles, the good days and what needs your attention more. I would get file folders to organize their work if possible. Don’t forget to breathe in and live life like usual. Also, remember, it is good to have a schedule, however, it will probably keep changing. You will soon discover that it takes time for you to find your homeschool groove.
When you start to have doubts, look back in your journal. I know it will help 🙂 I hope this is a good plan and guide for you. Maybe it will help you feel less stressed and afraid to take the plunge into new waters. I know I felt all of the emotions when we started.
Did I miss something? If you have a suggestion or a question please comment below. I would love to hear from you!