Home schooling

How to Start Homeschooling Your Child

Those of us who have done our homework and have determined that homeschooling is right for our families, now need to know in practical terms, how to start homeschooling.

Very likely you have already investigated the laws of your state in regard to home schooling. If you have not however, that is the first order of business. Each state has it's own regulations such as affidavits that need filed, records keeping, teacher qualifications, testing required, etc. It is important to check out your states laws on home schooling and be sure you are prepared. You can get more specific help from the Home School Legal Defense Association if needed.


Another necessary thing to do is to look for a homeschool support group. A support group that consists of like-minded people who have already begun homeschooling, will help to insulate you from any forthcoming criticism, as well as provide support for the unfamiliar areas of the adventure you are about to embark on. (Check out our Resources page for help in this area.)

Many of these types of home school support groups organize fun events such as visits to the zoo, museums, tours of fire departments,  electric companies and many other educational activities. This is also an opportunity for teaching your kids healthy relational skills through socialization, etc. In such groups children often begin friendships with others of like values and there is the potential for lasting relationships that do not fade because their friends changed schools.

One of the more obvious items on the list of 'how to start homeschooling' is to select a curriculum. (Again see our resources page.) You can select a well-designed curriculum complete with teachers guide and student workbooks, or custom-make a curriculum that best suits your child. There is a wealth of wonderful material available to choose from on the internet, in bookstores and likely from individuals in your local homeschool support group. Be certain that you know the expenses involved and how much of the labor will fall on you to prepare for class time vs. how much is a part of your curriculum.

Just as with any type of education, home schooling requires self-discipline and hard work. Begin your home school experience right, by setting up a schedule that fits your family and stick to it faithfully. Keep good records of all you are planning and accomplishing. This will benefit you by providing documentation for legal purposes as well as give yourself and the children a visual aid in seeing how things are progressing in the home school.

Qualities that will help you the parent while you are learning how to start homeschooling (and afterward) are an eagerness to learn, patience, flexibility, enthusiasm, and good listening skills. Parents who are successful in their homeschooling endeavors are not carbon copies of one another. There are many different approaches to this type of schooling, which often turns out amazing young people who are well-informed, good communicators, and balanced individuals. However, each of them require the above character qualities in the parents who lead the way.