You are considering homeschooling but don’t know where to start? It can all be so overwhelming. I’m here to walk you through a simple path to get you off to a great start! Let’s get going!
What is your why? Why are you homeschooling? Write it down. Your goals may not be my goals. That’s okay to have different goals but you need to focus on your why to make better choices in curriculum, priorities, activities and methods.
For example, if you are homeschooling short term and planning to put your child back in school or maybe you are trying to get them into a grade ahead and place them back in school then you just limited your choices of curriculum right there. You will have to pick something similar to the school your child is entering and work on a very strict schedule if you want to jump ahead a whole grade level.
Get to know your child. This is where the age factor and personal factors come in. Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine your choices. Can you get your child to do their chores/homework now? If you answered no. Then that is also the answer to Can you homeschool this child. Take some time to work on your relationship with your child first without changing the schooling situation. If they are preschool/kindergarten age then work on obedience. Don’t wait until schoolwork is in the picture.
It’s a lot easier to work on obedience in things that they can do such as chores than to try and work on that within the context of schooling.
If you answered yes to the above question then move on to the next. What has been your child’s previous school experience? Have they been in school? Then you might need to spend some time getting to know your child and also examining where they are academically. Think about the things that make them special. Look at their strengths and weaknesses.
Think about you! Yes, you parent. Who will be doing the homeschooling? How will it work? Do you also work? When will you squeeze in work and can you really block off time to spend with school?
Curriculum….ahhhh. Now this is where you need a good friend to hold your hand and help you figure out the method and curriculum that will work for your child and you! Run to buy Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top picks for Homeschool Curriculum. This is the best book. It will saves you lots of money and hair pulling! She will walk you step by step through the process of figuring out your unique situation, goals and methods that you prefer. She then helps you to assess your child and lines up which curriculum will be the best match for both of you!
Ready, set, GO! You are ready with your why and how this will play out. You are set with your curriculum. Now it’s just time to GO! You can have a fun Back to school kick off. Ease into your year doing a little at a time. But just start. Yes, there will be bumps. Even when you’ve been homeschooling for 10 years you can have lots of bumps. Sometimes we just have to get through them and work out the kinks. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey. There will be special moments mixed in with very ordinary days. Check out Heather Bowen’s words of wisdom on 5 things NOT to do on your first day of school. http://lifeofahomeschoolmom.com/2015/08/5-things-not-to-do-on-the-first-day-of-a-new-homeschool-year/