New to homeschooling? No worries. Use the five keys here to put your mind at ease. With planning and a little help, you can do this!
Here is how to get started.
- Relax and have confidence
Be confident that with proper planning and a willingness to fly by the seat of your pants that you can do this. I know it sounds contradictory, however, it’s very true.You will need a plan that sets the foundation for your school. At the same time, you will need flexibility—flexibility to adjust when a great field trip comes along; flexibility to get back on track when the grandparents’ surprise visit throws your schedule off. You will know when to keep a strict schedule and when not to.
- Select a curriculum
You can choose from tried-and-true curricula that are already established and waiting for you to order. Or you can create your own by piecing together subject matter that fits your needs. Most companies will send you samples of their curriculum. Also, be sure to check with your state to make certain you are meeting your state’s requirements.
- Choose a name for your school
Make it official; choose a name for your school. Allow your children to have a say. Once you choose a name, use it often when referring to your school. Create report cards, certificates and such with your school name. This is something to be proud of. My boys still remember our school name – The Victory School.
- Plan your year by quarters, week and then days
This will be your guiding force. If you get off schedule, your plan will get you right back on track. Use your schedule as a guide post. Type your schedule or purchase an old-fashioned planning book from your local teacher’s store. Post your daily schedule so your children can be a part of the process.
- Join a group
When you feel the time is right, choose an activity or academic group. Select what best fits your children’s needs.When my boys were home schooled we choose a theatre troupe. The group was filled with kids of all ages. It gave the boys the opportunity to socialize in a group setting with kids other than family. It also exercised their memorization and public speaking skills. It was a great boost for their confidence.
A friend once told me – it doesn’t make a difference what month your kids learn their times tables as long as they learn them. When they get to college no one will ask what month and year they learned their math facts. That was great advice.
My boys are now well-adjusted and well-educated young men in their early 20s. Homeschooling the boys was a great joy. I’m living proof that successful homeschooling is possible.
BMWK: If you have homeschooling questions or suggestions leave them here. Go ahead and post the name of your school too so we can celebrate you. HAPPY homeschooling!