I want to homeschool. What should I do first?
You can decide to buy a boxed-curriculum and follow it scrupulously, from at 8 A.M. to Noon, Monday through Friday Or you may already know that you don't want to follow the "school brought home" technique. Check out my tip section called "Methods" and read about the different types of homeschoolers and pick one that seems to fit you. The beauty of it is that you can change it when you've gained a little experience.
If your child has never attended school, it is much easier to do this since they have no preconceived notion of what "school" is. School is what you begin doing with them! Visit your public library for information about the different methods and philosophies.
1 - Set your educational goals. Decide what you want to accomplish this school year.
2 - Make a careful homeschool curriculum match. Not only to your child's needs, but also to your goals.
3 - Feel free to customize your curriculum. Your child doesn't have to fill out every page in every book. Supplement and strengthen your purchased curriculum.
4 - Evaluate your curriculum carefully. Make sure that it has those components needed to reach your goals. If it doesn't, see #3.
5 - Get a clue from your kids. Kids crying at the kitchen table are a great indicator of the need for a change.
6 - Don't write your lesson plans in ink. Schedules can change abruptly because of illness or other distractions.
•Step One: Ask yourself why you are considering keeping your children at home.
Answering this question will steer you in the right direction when you consider a method. Your answer will also guide you if and when you decide a homeschooling support group for field trips and social and other activities. Beyond that, every relative you've ever had will ask you why you homeschool, so if you know the answer in advance, you can ward off many of the ensuing arguments that will come your way.
•Step Twp: Find out how to homeschool legally in your state. - In the state-by-state information section, look up the state in which you intend to homeschool. You'll find information you need to know about your locale - laws, procedures regarding homeschooling, as well as descriptions and contact information for resource centers, support groups, conferences and other organizations. Homeschooling is currently legal in all states. Do the research and make a general decision about how you will go about it. This is especially helpful if you are removing your children from a "regular" school. Summaries of each state's homeschooling laws are provided in the State-by-State section, however, be aware that these laws can change. You need to check with your local association every few months to be sure you know your precise legal standing. Note: Do not construe anything you read in these tips as legal advice.
•Step Three: Talk to homeschoolers. Go to a local association meeting and talk with some parents. Make sure that you talk with some that have been homeschooling for a few years as well as with some newbies.
•Step Four: Roughly define your family's educational goals. Keep in mind that you are an individual that your family is an individual family. A great strength of homeschooling is that you can customize everything to fit your family and your children's personalities, tastes and interests. Once you define your initial outlook and goals, then choose which books, materials, or tools, if any, that you wish to use.
•Step Five: Find other parents who are homeschooling for the same reason you are. In the beginning stages, surround yourself with those of like of mind. For example, if you are homeschooling for religious reasons, find other homeschoolers of the same background. After you become more experienced and comfortable, branch out and meet other homeschoolers.
Home School Frequently Asked Questions
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