Start Homeschooling In 5 Easy Steps
Making the changes to start homeschooling can be daunting. But have no fear, many of us (myself included) have felt the desire to homeschool while simultaneously having no idea how, or where to begin. Don’t worry, it’s normal.
No matter what situation you find yourself in (beginning your child’s education with homeschool, transitioning from public school, or temporarily homeschooling) everyone must follow these 5 important steps. These steps are for everyone who wants to be successful with homeschool. They are written in this order on purpose and it is important that you follow them in order. NO SKIPPING STEPS!! If you skip steps there will be holes in your homeschooling that will keep you from succeeding and leave you wondering why it’s not working. For example you can’t set goals in step 3 if you don’t know what subjects your state requires in step 1. You also won’t know what curriculum to choose if you don’t organize yourself in step 4 and find out how your child learns best in step 5.
NOTE: Don’t make the common mistake that a lot of new homeschoolers make and choose curriculum before accomplishing each one of these 5 steps. Choosing curriculum comes after building your foundation. Otherwise you will waste a lot of time and money on materials that you might never use or that won’t meet your educational needs.
Now that you know…Ready, Set, Go!
Step #1 – Know Your State’s Homeschool Law
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 of the united states. However, each state has their own regulations for homeschooling. It is important that you follow your state’s laws and regulations in order to protect your freedom to homeschool.
If you don’t already know what your state law and regulations are on homeschooling than you can find that information on my other site; Homeschool State Laws.
Step #2 – Write Your Homeschool Mission Statement
A Homeschool Mission Statement is your homeschool contract. It is your written agreement to do what you have felt inspired to do. It includes your reasons, your vision, and your conviction. It’s purpose is to help you navigate the next steps with clarity and purpose. If you know why you are homeschooling than you will have an easier time knowing what goals to set, where to organize your life, and what curriculum to choose. For more details and direction, read my post on How To Write A Homeschool Mission Statement.
Step #3 – Set Homeschool Goals
Setting goals makes homeschool personal. Your homeschool goals identify you and your children as unique individuals. They influence what curriculum you choose, what topics you study, and what field trips you take. Copying what you have seen others do will only take you so far. You must create your own reasons for doing what you do. Make sure your homeschool goals consist of what you and your children want to learn. This will ensure your long term success. For more information and direction read my post on How to Set Homeschool Goals.
Step #4 – Organize Yourself
Organize your schedule and your responsibilities. They must work together to support your decision to homeschool in order for you to be successful. If your schedule, or your responsibilities, are not sustainable and/or supportive of homeschooling you may need to make some changes. For more thoughts on how to organize your life, read my posts on Making Homeschool Work For You and Creating a Homeschool Schedule.
Step #5 – Know How Your Child Learns Best
There are many ways to learn and be smart. How a child learns is a combination of their learning modality, learning personality, and intelligences. Their motivation for learning stems from their personal interests, talents, and skills. All these things make up who they are and how they learn. For more detailed information on how to identify your child’s learning style read my post, “How” is My Child Smart?