Tips for Getting Started With Homeschooling
So you're considering homeschooling? Where do you start?
As with everything in life, those who prepare are more apt to
succeed. This is true for homeschooling too. The majority of the
structure and organization of the homeschool is up to you.
Planning ahead will reduce pitfalls and improve the
effectiveness of your homeschool.
There are many ways of creating your plan but there are some
basics you should address. Here are guidelines to help you get
started with your homeschooling preparation.
* First and most important, get a commitment from everyone in
the household who will affect or be affected by the homeschool.
Make sure they understand that they are going to contribute to
the success of the homeschool.
* Gather information and resources. You can get valuable
information by visiting homeschooling web sites, signing up for
free online newsletters, visiting homeschooling message board
and join homeschooling chats and email lists. Find homeschooling
events calendars online and attend homeschooling conferences.
Subscribe to homeschooling magazines. Visit a book store or go
to your local library.
* Become familiar with homeschooling laws in your state. It is
usually simple to satisfy the laws. There are many websites that
provide this information. The local public school district
office and the public library can also help you in this area.
* Join a homeschooling support group in your area. It is very
important to exchange ideas in a group. This can be a group of
homeschooling friends or families associated with your
curriculum. You can also find regional homeschooling support
groups and state level homeschooling associations. Other
homeschoolers can offer a wealth of information on a variety of
subjects. They can help with many aspects of homeschooling, i.e.
choosing curriculum, record keeping, meeting the state laws, and
group activities. Some have been homeschooling for a long time
and have solutions to difficulties you might encounter. You too
can contribute by bringing new and fresh ideas. Even if you want
to keep your autonomy, find a group that fits your needs. These
groups can streamline your homeschooling and prevent common
* Choose your curriculum. You can choose a complete program or
create one yourself. It can new, used, shared or borrowed. It
can be expensive or cost nothing. This is where a homeschooling
network is valuable. Get input from other homeschoolers. See
what has worked them and what fits for you. Takes cues from your
children. Use the Internet or go to the library to research your
* Set up a record keeping system. There are many different
styles of record keeping. You can develop your own style of
record keeping. Your record keeping can be as simple as a daily
journal or as complicated as keeping track of daily schedules,
and setting short- and long-term goals. Also, your curriculum
may determine how you keep records. Determine what final result
you want. Check out local colleges, trade schools universities
and see what they require. Find out what record keeping is
required by law. Consult your support group and find what has
worked for them.
Planning ahead both short- and long-term goals will go a long
way towards your homeschooling success.