Homeschooling is an adventure as well as a journey of discovery for both child and parent. Especially for parents, though, getting started can be something they approach with trepidation.
Fortunately, many have walked the homeschool path before you and so these waters are well-charted. The selection of curricula available today is outstanding and many can be accessed virtually. For example, this course: Biology Curriculum Christian, is an excellent science course from a Creationist perspective.
In this overview, we’re going to provide you with six tips on how to get started with homeschooling so that you can go forward into this new territory with confidence
“Deschooling” refers to the process of you and your child adjusting from “normal” school life to home school life.
Take a few weeks to simply relax. Explore with your child the idea that not all learning comes from textbooks and talk about expectations.
The deschooling period will also help you get a feel for how your child learns, which brings us to our next point…
Choose Your Homeschool Methodology
Homeschooling allows you so much freedom and can be administered in a variety of ways.
“Unschooling,” for example, is a methodology where learning is interest-driven – the child has more input.
The classical approach involves things like studying ancient philosophy or philology.
Consider which homeschool methodology would fit best with your child. Feel free to mix aspects of different methodologies.
Learn About Your State’s Homeschooling Laws
This is a very practical tip – homeschooling works differently in every state, so make sure you understand how it works in yours.
Northeastern states like New York or Massachusettes tend to be more stringent, while more conservative states like Texas, Oklahoma, or Alaska tend to more relaxed.
Check out this resource [https://a2zhomeschooling.com/regional/us/homeschool_laws_by_state_province_or_country/], which describes the laws in simple terms.
Check out Homeschooling Blogs and Podcasts
We won’t lie – getting started with homeschooling is a big task so you’ll want all the help you can get. The fact that you’re here is a good sign, though.
Some great blogs include Simple Homeschool [https://simplehomeschool.net/],
I Can Teach My Child [https://www.icanteachmychild.com/],
and the comically-named Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers [https://www.weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers.com/].
Some helpful podcasts (which you can find on iTunes) are Homeschool Unrefined and Raising Lifelong Learners.
Think About Books
No, we don’t mean textbooks. The truth is you don’t even really need to use textbooks when homeschooling.
What we mean here is that you should focus on reading. Being able to absorb and interpret information is the core of education.
Let your child pick out classic novels or biographies to read on their own or for you to read out loud.
It’s important to keep records of your child’s progress. This will help out not only when it comes to college admissions but will give you a clear picture of what you’ve accomplished at the end of the year.
This information can make it clear whether or not the methodology you’ve chosen is working for your child. If not, adjustments can be made.
Overall, homeschooling is a worthy investment in your children and you shouldn’t be afraid to give it a try.
However, understand that learning the ropes will be a process for both you and your kid.
If you keep at it you will eventually feel confident about what you’re doing and your child will grow to love learning and learn much. Connect with other homeschooling parents, continue reading and research and you’ll learn a lot, too.