How to Begin Homeschooling

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With the changes in our education system over the last few decades many parents have chosen to begin homeschooling their children rather than to place them into a public school.  Homeschooling is a completely valid option; however, if you’re going to consider beginning homeschooling as an option you’ll want to make sure that you follow the process properly.

Investigate the laws regarding homeschooling in your state.  Some states have very liberal laws when it comes to homeschooling. If that’s the case, there may be very little that you need to do in order to begin homeschooling your child legally.  Other states have very strict laws and very strict standards that you have to follow.  Check with your state or with a homeschooling organization in your state to find out more about the specific requirements. In some cases, you’ll need to fill out some paperwork before you actually begin homeschooling.

Next, you need to start looking at what kind of curriculum you might like to use in your homeschooling.  There are a number of pre-packaged curriculums that will cover all of the school subjects, whether it is math, or English, Social Studies and so on.  You may also choose to use curriculum for individual subjects rather than an overall curriculum.  Most homeschooling parents choose to mix their materials, often using a general curriculum, but then supplementing that general curriculum with certain extra specific items.

After you’ve decided on a particular curriculum to use in your homeschooling, it’s time to make a plan for your homeschooling activity.  When it comes to school your children need to know what to expect.  You’ll want to set a regular schedule if at all possible for school work and school time.  As best as you can, try to keep school time and not school time separate so that your child doesn’t feel as though they are always in school. Also, if you can separate your school space from the rest of your living space, that is ideal, as well.

Be ready to ditch anything that isn’t working out for you and for your family.  One of the amazing benefits of homeschooling is that you can tweak you child’s education on an ad hoc basis.  In other words, as your child’s needs change you can change the curriculum with your child. It is this kind of flexibility that, in many ways, makes homeschooling an attractive option for many families.

While following these steps won’t guarantee you homeschooling success, they will get you off to a good start when it comes to homeschooling.

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