1. Check your state laws of where you will be homeschooling. *Go here* , Click on “Choose your state/territory” , and Read the section of “Complying with ‘Your State’s’ Homeschooling Laws”
2. Sign up with HSLDA for ‘legal defense’. Seriously, they are an amazing organization. I had the privilege to briefly meet them at a Homeschooling conference and I quickly realized what a huge asset they are to the homeschooling community.
HSLDA (or) Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. They provide homeschooling-related legal advice and representation to our 84,000+ member families, promote homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offer information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers.
3. What style fits you and your household best?
I found these quizzes to be helpful in deciding which style worked best for my family. Let me know if it works well for you and what style you got. We tend to be ‘eclectic’ as we like to pick and choose from different styles. *Quiz for Teaching Style *Quiz for Learning Style
4. Public or Private Homeschool? What’s the difference?
*Public (at home-schooling) would be where you receive funding (and/or) curricula from the state. Current popular programs would be K-12 and Connections Academy. If you live in California, you can also join Charter schools (like this one) where they allot your child certain funds for classes, tutors, resources, etc. and also assign your student(s) a teacher that you meet with every few weeks.
*Private (home schooling) there is a lot more freedom (i.e– no common core alignment, Christian based curriculum) but you have to pay for everything as opposed to the state paying for schooling. Though with all the free resources available online and in our local libraries, one can actually homeschool for very little cost. (We currently use a free curriculum that is absolutely wonderful and doesn’t require much outside costs. Its called Easy Peasy Homeschool)
5. Research curriculum & resources (but DON’T over do it)
Im guilty of this one. Big time! It usually starts like this — I hop on Youtube and search “homeschooling for newbies” and see a few great (and not so great) helpful videos. Then I see the suggested videos. Then I see the few homeschooling ads that popped up on the side. Then that website takes me to a blog which in turn takes me to another blog that then has a gazillion resources and curricula and You get the point. PHEW! My point here is to please NOT do what I first did. It seriously took me nowhere. What I later did was: I gave myself a purposeful hour to look through a few resources and decided to stick with just a few to try out. Turns out, it’s working wonderfully with my 4 year old and she’s soaring as a student.
**I currently am using a FREE Online Christian Curriculum named All in One Homeschool (aka Easy Peasy Homeschool)
Good luck on this AMAZING Journey! Let me know how I can help! 🙂