*Updated October 11, 2016
We’ve homeschooled all 6 of our children from the very beginning. Five have graduated! I only have one student now, our youngest, who is in 10th grade this year. We started with Kindergarten in 1991, so this is our 25th year of homeschooling! That’s a long time! I thought I’d share what I think to be the first steps to take when you are thinking about homeschooling.
Thinking About Homeschooling? The First 5 Steps
1. Decide why you want to homeschool and what you want out of it.
Religious reasons? Special Needs? Want your child to graduate college by 18? It is very important to decide the whys behind your wanting to homeschool because they will influence the rest of your homeschool choices.
2. Find out the homeschool laws for your state.
These are easily found online. Every state has a homeschool organization, some more than one, that you can turn to for more information.
3. Join Homeschool Legal Defense Association
We have been members since we started homeschooling. I think the membership fee is worth it. You can also find your state homeschooling laws on their website, as well as much more information. I ordered our high school diplomas from them. They sell many things in their shop, including books. Members receive a discount in the store, as well as other perks.
4. Start looking at curriculum.
Your reasons for homeschooling will help you decide on curriculum. Even with that, choosing a curriculum can be overwhelming. There are just so many choices. Start with looking at what others are using, either at a homeschool convention or with other homeschoolers. Homeschoolers are usually very friendly. If you connect with a local group, chances are some of them will use the curriculum your thinking about using and will let you come and look at it.
Starting to homeschool can feel so overwhelming at times. Even those that have homeschooled for years can feel very overwhelmed at times. When you start to get that suffocating feeling, remember why you started homeschooling in the first place. Then relax and have fun with your kids. Laugh with them.
If your thinking about homeschooling know that homeschooling works, and it can work for your family, too.