1) Make the Decision
Making the decision to homeschool is not to be taken lightly or quickly. It is a daunting task to take on the full responsibility for your child’s education. Here are some considerations to help you think through the process.
- Is the homeschooling lifestyle for you? (Article)
2) Read books
Yes, reading books is actually much better than reading blogs or websites mainly because there is just so much information available that it can be totally overwhelming. I suggest starting off with a few good books on the topic.
- Here are the books that have been suggested by members.
3) Understanding Homeschool Laws
It is very important to know and stay within the laws and requirements of your state. In general, it is not wise to start by asking your local school what the homeschooling law is – often they don’t know, and they may give you misleading information. They may quote policy as though it were law…you need to find out the laws regarding home education in your state.
4) Finding a Support Group
If you’re reading this then you’ve already started this step. Pop over to our forums and meet with others. however you may also like to get involved with a non online support group. This often takes a great deal of patience and time as you find a group that is a right match for your family. Homeschoolers are very diverse! However, a support group will generally meet on a semi regular basis for outings or parent meetings where they offer encouragement and help along the way. They can help with choosing curriculum, record keeping, meeting the state laws, and much more.
- Contacts and Networking on the forums
- State contacts in the Link Library
- Support groups in our Link Library
5) Choosing a Curriculum
Selecting your curriculum can be overwhelming. It is possible to overspend purchase more than you will ever need. Here are some tips to help you deal with choosing curriculum:
6) Record Keeping/Documenting Learning Activities
It is very important to keep good records of your child’s homeschool years. Your records can be as simple as a daily journal or as elaborate as a purchased computer program or notebook system.
7) Schedules and Routines
Homeschoolers generally have a lot of freedom in setting up and living within their schedule and routine, but it sometimes takes a while to find out what works best for your family. It’s helpful to hear about what others are doing.
- Setting up a Schedule (coming soon)
- Day in the Life of… (coming soon)
8) Learn a little about Homeschool Methods
There are many methods to homeschool your children. Most families find that they do not use one method solely rather take bits and pieces from all approaches as the needs of their family dictates. A method should be seen as a tool to assist you in homeschooling…it is not an approach that needs to be strictly adhered to.
- Homeschooling methods and approaches in the forum
- Methods and Approaches- articles
- Methods, Approaches – links
- Methods and Approaches – book reviews
9) Locate curriculum providers.
10) Consider becoming a member of the HEA:
The Home Education Australia site has been formed to support, promote and encourage the practice of home education. There are many benefits to becoming a member.