Homeschooling. It’s not for everybody. Are you considering this alternate schooling method for the right reasons? Homeschooling may be right for your kids, but are you cut out for it? Do you have the right personality traits to successfully homeschool your kids?
The below articles will help you decide if this is something you feel you’ll be able to do, and if you’re the type of person that can pull it off. It means a lot of “together” time with you and your kiddies. It was impossible to have loved my kids any more than I did, but I have to be honest and admit that we all valued our time away from each other while they were at school. I say to all of you who have chosen to homeschool your children, Good. For. You. You’re blazing trails and making us all proud! And according to what my research tells me, you parents are doing an excellent job and your kids are excelling! If you would love to jump in, but you’re still on the fence, I hope that the below articles will be of help to you in making your decision.
- “Should I Homeschool or Not?” (Part 1) and “Should I Homeschool or Not?” (Part 2) – Misha Thompson, Simple Homeschool
- “Homeschooling 101” – Marty Layne
- “Is Homeschooling for You? 10 Things to Consider in Making Your Homeschool Decision” – Beverly Hernandez
Okay, you all done? So if you’re still reading, you must have decided that you’re the mom bomb and you’re gonna go for it and become a homeschooling parent. Congratulations! You’re all pumped now and ready to get after it, but… what do you do first? Does that saying come to mind, “all dressed up and nowhere to go”? Not to worry, PBS Parents has some steps that will get you headed in the right direction. The link to their article, “Homeschooling: Tips for Getting Started” explains in more detail the steps outlined below.
1. Find Out the Legal Requirements
Learn what the legal requirements are for homeschooling in your state. Easy search by state. (Site also has other useful info)
2. Choose Your Teaching Style
Lay out your teaching style and game plan. Below are some sites that offer FREE Homeschooling Curriculum, and other useful information that will help you get set up.
Printable Curricula for All Ages
Resources for All Aspects of Homeschooling
Printables, Books, Lessons…all FREE
Free Downloadable Books – (Currently No Registration Required)
Phonics instruction, games and online interactive books
3. Tap into your Local Homeschool Community
Discover the local homeschool resources available in your area. Get support from homeschoolers in your community.
Join local homeschool groups online and connect with other homeschoolers in your State.
♦ How To Set Up
“Getting Started in Homeschooling” | Life As Mom
“Putting Together a Homeschool Binder” | Life As Mom
♦ How To Tell Everyone You’ve Decided to Homeschool
“7 Tips to Help Explain Your Homeschool Decision With Confidence” | Homeschool Diaries
♦ How to Set Up Your Homeschool Area/Room
“5 Tips For Organizing Your Homeschool Room” | Pioneer Woman Homeschooling
“How To Make a Homeschool Classroom” | Wiki How
♦ How to Plan and Organize Meals and Snacks
“28 Easy Peasy Bento Box Lunch Ideas” | organized CHAOS online
Resources For Planning and Preparing Curriculum
Printables and a TON of resources for homeschooling
Webinars and Workshops regarding socialization, testing, organization and teaching tips
And finally, the place that I found to have the greatest selection of homeschooling resources and printables is Pinterest. There you can pretty much find anything you may be looking for. (If you aren’t currently using Pinterest, I really recommend you set up a FREE account and get started). Instead of listing here all the tips and information we found, we created a “Homeschooling” Board where all that great information will now live. We will constantly be adding pins to our board, so to make sure you stay updated, just go HERE , Click on the Red Follow All button, and look for our Homeschooling board below!
Good Luck to all of you awesome Homeschoolers! And to all you homeschooling veterans, be sure to share any helpful advice you have with all this year’s homeschooling newbies! Sharing is caring!
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