How to Start Homeschooling

Making the decision to homeschool your child(ren) is exciting but it can be a bit overwhelming. To help you get started, N.A.S.H. is offering some suggestions to help, including a link to our National School Choice Week teleconference recording, “How To Start Homeschooling” from January, 26, 2015.

1) Google is a homeschooling parents best friend! One of the first steps to getting started is knowing the homeschooling laws and requirements of your state. Google “how to homeschool in (your state)” and look for the links that have Department of Education (DOE) in the link. Other reputable links can be found as well that help explain the laws, but it is always best to read the regulations for yourself.

2) Hop onto social media (Facebook, Yahoo groups, etc) and search for a homeschooling group in your state. Join that group in order to ask questions of those who are actually homeschooling near you. As secular homeschoolers, you might have to weed through groups that are religious based if you wish to obtain information from fellow secular homeschoolers.

3) Here are some book recommendations to help guide you:

“How Children Learn” by John Holt

“Deschooling Gently” by Tammy Takahashi

“Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School” by Rebecca Rupp

4) Sit down as a family and create two lists. First, is a list of all the reasons you are choosing to homeschool. Keep that list close, you’ll need it more often than you think as a reminder on those days when you want to have the kids dressed and ready to catch the public school bus. Second, create a list of all the goals you want to accomplish on your homeschooling journey. This is not a list of educational goals, as in “This year Sally will learn fractions.” This list refers to big, over- arching goals that might include: spending quality time as a family, influencing and guiding my child through the pre-teens years, allowing my child to grow and bloom at his or her own pace, traveling more as a family, and using real world experiences to guide our educational goals. Things of this nature are what you’ll want to have on your second list. Keep these lists close and update them as needed. They will be helpful, especially on days that are difficult or when the doubts creep in.

5) Remember to breathe! Trust your child’s natural development. Just as they learned to crawl, walk, and talk, they WILL learn what they need. Creating an environment that promotes learning and exposes them to a myriad of ways to do so is the most important part of homeschooling your child(ren).

Here are a few more helpful links:

*Disclaimer: The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results.


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