How To Start Homeschooling
If you’ve landed here I assume that you want learn how to start homeschooling! Well the good news is that setting your child up to homeschool can be done relatively quickly if it needs to be. Children are natural learners and even if you get off to a rocky start, you’ll be surprised what your children can learn without you even teaching them. However, initial enthusiasm can get you by for probably a few days, maybe even a month but you will need to add some structure and tick a few legal boxes to get ready to homeschool.
Now don’t expect to absorb all this information on how to start homeschooling in one sitting. There is a lot to learn and some of the information you’ll read here took me 20 years of homeschooling to discover. But I’ve put it here to hopefully give you some shortcuts.
Why not bookmark this page for your future reference!
Good How To Start Homeschooling Advice For You?
I know when you begin researching how to start homeschooling you quickly hit information overload.
There are so many questions that you could research and the pathway to understanding is not sequential. It’s really a maze of ideas that can set you off on little rabbit trails.
So before I launch into a whole tonne of info about how to start homeschooling, I’ll give you a quick rundown on my educational philosophy and then you can decide if I’m someone you want to listen to.
A Little About Us Starting Homeschooling & Finishing
I’m a veteran homeschool mother of 4 homeschooled children. We began homeschooling in 2001.
My children never went to preschool and all my kids went to university at 16 without an HSC. One’s a doctor, another works in communication, one is doing has Masters in 3D Animation and works for a film studio company, the youngest is an entrepreneur who is finishing off a business degree.
I believe in giving kids an education that supports Christian values, but I also used many secular resources. I believe home education is an opportunity to teach children well and I believe parents need to be involved in teaching their kids. I love the ideas of Charlotte Mason and although I never met her, she was one of my mentors. If you want to know more go to my about page.
A Few Ideas On How To Start Homeschooling
It is often hard to filter information when you first begin to look into how to start homeschooling. You wonder:
- Where should I begin?
- What home school curriculum should I use?
- What home school philosophy is right for me?
- There is so much (too much) to absorb!
I used to think the best option was to present new homeschooler with all their options on how to start homeschooling.
Now my views have changed. I still believe in giving choice but I also believe that new homeschoolers benefit when you give them a clear how to start homeschooling guideline to work from. They can then get “the show on the road”. After their confidence builds then they can start to tweak it to suit them.
Ten Tips For Newbies Starting Homeschool
1. Determine your motives for homeschooling. This will affect so many of your choices.
2. Read, read and read some more. You have hundreds of options available with home schooling. Look for good overviews and try not to get bogged down in the curriculum, just yet. (Here is my favourite list of how to start homeschooling books).
3. Network with other homeschoolers. Get to know real life homeschoolers. Go to homeschooling events. Try inviting another homeschool family over you might connect with and find out what they do. Make some connections.
4. Make a simple start. Follow a basic guide at first or even a set curriculum like My Homeschool. As you get a feel for homeschooling you will become more comfortable with what you are doing and you can make changes along the way.
5. Get to know how you like to teach and how your child learns. This will help you choose a curriculum in the future.
6. Don’t worry about socialisation. Your children will be well socialized without the negative aspect of peer pressure and group think.
7. Don’t rush off and buy everything recommended. Get samples when possible. Resist the temptation to purchase your curriculum from the newsagent or book store. There are many homeschooling resources that will suit your needs better.
8. Be prepared to make some sacrifices. Homeschooling takes a considerable commitment for it to work, especially in the early days.
9. Try to take your focus off academics and on to establishing good habits and close family relationships. Academics will fall into place. Homeschooling is not school at home – it is a lifestyle.
10. Pray for wisdom.
What’s Your Burning How To Start Homeschooling Question?
I’m not sure exactly where you are on the how to start homeschooling journey, so I’ve just listed a whole range of articles here that will hopefully help you.
Take your pick, and remember to book mark this page for another day!
Getting Organised To Homeschool
If you homeschool, getting organised is a challenge. You can buy all the curriculum and you can decide to homeschool but that’s the big picture. Now you have to actually do it and all your other responsibilities don’t just float away because you began homeschooling.
Pick out an article from your most pressing need and begin there.
To Help You Plan
- A video on how I set up my planner
- Essentialism -Working Out How To Prioritise It All
- 20 questions to ask yourself about homeschooling
- When Planning Doesn’t Go To Plan.
- Charlotte Mason Schedule