I’m sure you have considered getting your child homeschooled that’s why you’re reading this right now. Thinking of it right now can be overwhelming, but with your dedication, you can do it, and everything will work out just well!
But, if you feel like what you know is still not enough and need more guiding points, this article got you covered. Here are some tips on how you can start homeschooling.
- Begin to know the legal stuff
It is different for each country, and for the United States, it differs from one state to another. Homeschooling is regulated by different states rather than the federal government, this is why the first thing you should do is to do some research on the specific regulations in your state to find out what you have to do legally before proceeding to homeschool.
Some states have specific homeschool statutes, and some have no homeschool regulations at all. If this all sounds too confusing for you, it is also recommended for you to locate homeschooling groups to help you with this.
- Locate local homeschooling groups
Once you start the journey of homeschooling, it can be pretty rough, but this should not be an isolating journey. Find local groups of homeschoolers in your area. Hook yourself up with other experienced homeschoolers, who can give you more helpful resources from understanding homeschool regulations to participating in field trips and outings. Getting connected with them earlier will really help you with your anxiety and stress, especially if you’re just starting everything out.
There’s not a thing for a better foundation than having all the support you need in hard times, so go out there and look for the community you need.
- Get to know your teaching style and your child’s learning style
Knowing your teaching style is very important, as this would result in having a more effective learning style for your child. You can search and learn more about different teaching styles on the web or your homeschool group and start thinking which one would work best for you. But, of course, not forgetting your child’s learning style, too. Are they visual or auditory learners? What interests them most? These should be top considerations for you to know what methods to use in teaching.
Keeping your teaching style and child’s learning style in mind can certainly help you be creative with your curriculum, one that will surely suit them best and provide real, successful learning.
- Choose your curriculum
You might be asking, “where can I find a curriculum?” Actually, you may make your own set, or you can purchase them. The choice is really up to you! For purchasing, state conventions and curriculum fairs happen several times each year, which showcases a variety of homeschooling publications and products. You might want to check that out.
For this, though, you have to consider your budget since other resources can get pretty expensive. One recommendation is to check out used curriculum sales either online or from your local homeschooling group. You can save more and learn more from them about the curriculum.
- Make an action plan and try it out
Well, none of the steps mentioned above are going to be useful once you don’t start putting them into action. Especially when starting, it would be of great help to have a plan of action, schedules, goals, and organization for an effective homeschool environment. Do not hesitate to explore different learning styles for your child while prioritizing on giving them quality education.
Plans can keep you on track with what you have to do and achieve. And though they may change from time to time, depending on your child, you can always change them according to what works best for you, as a parent, and your child. There’s no limit as to how many times you can try things out!
Thinking of it now, it might not be easy, but as long as you follow the simple tips and work your way up, it is guaranteed that you’ll provide the best homeschool for your child. And there’s nothing to worry about, you have plenty of chances to work things out when it comes to homeschooling.