1) READ, READ, READ! I can’t stress this enough. If you are considering
homeschool for your child, read everything you can get your hands on! The
library is the greatest resource to find books on the subject of homeschooling,
as well as what you should know to get started.
2) Ask Questions. Do you know anyone that homeschools? Are there
any homeschooling groups in your area? Check your local library’s
bulletin board for flyers. Ask around if anyone knows anyone else who
homeschools. Visit groups, call people. Ask as many questions as possible.
Search Google for homeschooling support groups in your area.
3) Know your local laws regarding homeschool. Click on your state:
AL | AK | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL| IN |
IA | KS | KY | LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE |
NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | OK | OR | PA | RI | SC |
SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY |
You can find more on laws, news, legislation, tips, and valuable information at
Home School Legal Defense Association
4) Know what you’re getting into. When you undertake schooling your children,
it does not mean leisurely, relaxed days at home. You should be aware that there
are constant interuptions that threaten your time and concentration, days when
your children surely will not cooperate with anything you want to happen,
illness…just to name a few of the challenges. Your friends and family will know
you are home and figure it’s a good time to call or drop by. Be ready for these
unexpected deterrents. Be flexible and patient.
5) Evaluate your situation Try different alternatives and give it a week or so before deciding if it works or not. It may take you many attempts to get things right. *Remember…be flexible and patient.*
6) Organization. You’ve checked the laws, you’ve read everything you could, you’ve
asked all the questions you can think of, you know what you’re getting yourself
into, and you are ready to get started! YOU MUST GET ORGANIZED.
AREAS OF ORGANIZATION:
a. File the appropriate forms according to your state laws.
b. Create an area in your home specifically for homeschool. Set the “mood”.
c. Determine what supplies you will need and get them.
d. Select a curriculum or create your own. Create an outline for the year,
then break it into months, weeks, days, etc.
e. Develop a daily schedule, including chores for each family member.
Post it where everyone can see it.