How to Start Homeschooling: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide
So you’re thinking about homeschooling? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to start homeschooling. At the bottom, there will be links to free homeschooling resources and other helpful posts! Don’t hesitate to send me an email if you have any more questions about homeschooling! >> Contact Me.
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Research Your Laws
This is the #1 thing to do. Figure out what your state requires of homeschoolers. Homeschool laws vary from state-to-state, so don’t think that just because you know what one state’s laws are that they will be the same everywhere.
Also, homeschool laws change from year to year. So, it is a good idea to keep up on the latest homeschool laws for your state. I take a look at our state’s laws each year to make sure that nothing has changed for us.
Check out Facebook for some homeschool state law groups. I am a part of one for my state, and it helps keep me aware of what laws are on the table or being passed.
Here is a link to HSLDA, this is a good place to start.
You can also google: (Your State) homeschool laws or (your state) board of education website
Figure Out How Your Child Learns
Research learning styles and teaching styles. There are so many different ways that your child can learn. Figuring out learning styles will come in handy when choosing curriculum.
Visual Learners: Process information much better when there are good visuals involved
Auditory Learners: When they hear information… it sticks!
Kinesthetic Learners: Learn best when they can get their hands on a project or if it involves being physically active.
From Traditional homeschooling to Unschooling, What is your homeschool method?
- Charlotte Mason
- Unschooling …
After you have figured out your child’s learning style and your teaching style, find a good curriculum that fits your family. Read plenty of reviews! This is my go-to site for curriculum reviews: Cathy Duffy Curriculum Reviews.
Also, don’t forget to check out our curriculum reviews! (You can search for reviews in our search bar or check out our YouTube Channel)
Purchase Your Curriculum
There are so many different sites you can choose from to purchase curriculum. If you are lucky, you may have a local store that sells curriculum. (This is great because you can take a peek inside before you buy.) My favorite place to buy my curriculum online is at Christian Bookstore. I love it because they have good previews of pretty much any book you want to buy.
I’ve tried other websites, but I always come back to Christian Book. Great prices too! Here’s a link to the site: Christian Bookstore
Do Some Planning
Get a good planner, and start planning! There are a lot of different planners to choose from. You can find tons of printable planning pages online. (paid and free) You can also purchase a bound planner from any homeschool supply store, or even purchase a planner at Wal-Mart. Whatever fits your budget!
Click here to browse our shop! We have multiple homeschool planners and planning pages to choose from!! (FREE!)
Jump in and have a great school year!! If your children recently attended public school you may want to consider deschooling.
Check out this article to learn more about deschooling. >> Deschooling: Starting out Right at Home
Free and Cheap Homeschooling Resources
Free Homeschool Curriculum for Kindergarten-Highschoolers: A huge list of free homeschool curriculum for Kindergarten through Highschool!
How to Homeschool For Free Using the Charlotte Mason Method: How to homeschool your child for free using the Charlotte Mason Method. This post contains some great ideas on how to homeschool for free! And… why the Charlotte Mason method is the best way to do that!
Homeschool Giveaways: Carrie (the owner of Homeschool Giveaways) has a ton of really great free homeschooling resources. And also some discounted curriculum! This is a site you will want to bookmark!
I hope you found what you need on how to start homeschooling!
Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact me via email with any questions you may have! Also, you can check out more information on homeschooling here: Getting Started Homeschooling.