How To Start Homeschooling?

Choosing to homeschool your child is not an easy decision. There are many considerations to keep mind when deciding to go the homeschool route.

So how do you get started after you have made the decision to go homeschooling?

Here are the list of things you might want to find out and prepare before even starting your first homeschooling session.

1) Homeschooling Requirements

Each state in the US have their own homeschooling requirements. So be sure to check you are qualified to conduct homeschooling in your local area. Most homeschooling requirements are pretty simple so it should not be a problem.

2) Homeschooling Support Groups

It is not a requirement to join a homeschooling support group but it definitely will be very helpful to get in touch with parents who are also homeschooling in your local neighbourhood. A support group can provide support and advise especially when you are just starting out.

Some homeschooling support groups also have regular educational trips and activities such as to the zoo, museums and libraries etc.

3) Prepare The Home Environment

You will probably need to make some physical rearrangement of your home to cater an area for homeschooling. You also need to purchase the study materials such as stationary, whiteboard etc.

4) A Homeschooling Schedule

You will need to come up with a study schedule for each day’s lessons, games etc. It is also good to come up with a book keeping system to keep track of the tasks that have been completed. In some states, this is also a requirement.

5) Homeschooling Curriculum

You need to select the method of homeschooling for your child. This is based on the child’s learning aptitude and his/her learning ability. Popular methods are Montessori, classic and charlotte mason homeschooling.

As you can see, there is quite a lot of work and planning involved before starting homeschooling. That is why joining a homeschooling support group can help you so much if you do not know some of the points above.