Start Homeschooling With Confidence

To start homeschooling, first become familiar with your state's legal requirements. Then all you need is a little confidence and some basic information.

If you know other parents who homeschool their kids (and chances are that you do), ask questions.

  • When did they start?
  • How did they get started?
  • How do you choose a curriculum?
  • Who keeps the records?
  • How do you report grades and attendance?

They may be able to start you on the right path.



Read books about homeschooling.

The homeschool parents you know can probably make some recommendations. You can also check out your local library.

306708: The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at 
Home, Revised and Updated Third EditionThe Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, Revised and Updated Third Edition

The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise is a tremendous resource for me. 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy is also a popular choice.

31387: 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child"s Learning 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child's Learning
By Cathy Duffy

But there are many others, depending on the learning style of your child or the teaching method you choose.



Look for homeschooling groups in your community.

They may come in the form of state or regional organizations, homeschool cooperatives (co-ops), on-line support groups, or church schools.

The children actually socialize with other kids and their parents get to have adult conversations. It's also a great time to share information.

If you live in a state that requires it, you need to find a church school.



Identify your child's learning style.

Doing this early on will make your home school more enjoyable for both of you.



Choose a curriculum.

Surf the web, read reviews about those that you find interesting, and ask other parents what they like/dislike and why.

Ultimately, you must choose what is right for you and your child.



Finally, get organized.

Buy a student planner (or create your own). Whatever works for you.

Click here to learn about high school homeschool planners.

Keep a record, or portfolio, for each child. Store records, books, and materials in a central location. Whether it's in a box in the basement or on a bookshelf in your study, make it easily accessible.

Free Online Schedule and Grade Keeper for Homeschool Parents


Try HomeschoolingRecords.com for a FREE online homeschool calendar/scheduler, grade keeper, and allowance tracker.

With the right resources and support, soon you can start homeschooling with confidence. If I can do it, so can you.


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