Homeschool 101:  So You’re Considering Homeschooling

Homeschool 101: So You’re Considering Homeschooling

Welcome to the club! Let the homeschool adventure begin!

If you are just entering the world of homeschooling, there is a good chance that you are experiencing a myriad of emotions. You are excited, nervous, and probably a bit overwhelmed. You will be happy to know that most of us felt the same way when we began this journey.

You probably have a ton of questions and are not sure where to turn for answers. There are so many reasons to homeschool and just as many educational philosophies. So where do you start? Start with a deep breath and ask yourself the following questions:

Congratulations! You’ve just answered the most difficult questions!! With the answers to those 3 questions, you are now ready to explore the different types of homeschooling and determine the best fit not only for your child but for your family. Remember, homeschooling is a family commitment and it must work within the day to day family structure. If you choose something, be it a homeschooling style or a curriculum and it doesn’t work, no big deal, try something else.

Homeschool support groups and co-ops are another great way to ease in to the process. Co-ops not only provide an opportunity for your child to meet other kids and socialize, but they are also wonderful sources of information and support for parents. Many co-op groups have park days, field trips, parties, and other social gatherings. Participating in these activities is advantageous for the whole family.  The classes these co-ops offer will differ from group to group. Many offer academic classes as well as enrichment classes. This is a wonderful option if you do not feel comfortable teaching a particular subject. In my case advanced math is not something I feel qualified to teach, so I am more than happy to source it out to someone who is.

There is no magic formula to homeschool your child and your methods may look very different from mine. Not only is that okay, but it’s the way it should be! Different families have different needs.  To get started you need to:

  • Know your goals for this experience
  • Determine your child’s learning style
  • Decide what type of homeschooling works best for your family
  • Seek out a Co-op or Support Group
  • Begin gathering curriculum if your method requires it
  • Make a plan
  • Have fun!

Remember, not every day will be perfect or easy, but in the end, homeschooling can be extremely rewarding!!!

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