How to get started homeschooling

get started homeschoolingGet started in homeschooling isn’t easy, but with some research ahead, organization and a lot of will power to go through all the ups and downs, you can accomplish successfully your initial stage. Here we put together some tips of  how to get started homeschooling.

Parents in the USA are really taking Homeschooling as a form of education. According to the National Home Education Research Institute (http://www.nheri.org/) homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. Therefore, currently with 2.3 million home-educated students and growing between 2% and 8% annually (Read the full report: Research Facts on Homeschooling)

How to get started homeschooling TIPS:

  1. Research about Homeschooling:

If you are at this step is because you had already read and have an idea of what to expect of homeschooling, its benefits, its difficulties and you have clear objective or reasons of why you are giving it a chance.

If you haven’t done it yet, we strongly suggest you to read and search a lot about the topic before you commit to anything.

Further reading: Considerng homeschooling your children

  1. Get a list of resources needed in advance:

As your read about homeschooling, you’ll find out that you need to ally to some tools to make your homeschooling easier. So, you need to create your own list of tools, have into account:

  • Find an online homeschooling community where you feel comfortable to ask and talk to others
  • Check extra curriculum classes for your children according their interests
  • Find your local homeschool group
  • Find the list of blogs you what to keep up with
  • See what type of resources you already have and need to help you with your teaching
  • School room and the tools needed

Make this list as broad or specific as your wish. By the way, your self-confidence boosts when you have every single detail under control.

  1. Choose the right curriculum for your children:

There are three important elements to considering when choosing the right homeschool curriculum, there are:  Homeschooling style or methods, your teaching style, and your child’s learning style.

However, there are no such thing as a perfect curriculum. You can get pieces from here and there and make your own curriculum that work for your family perfectly.

Consider online learning tools to support you along. Children enjoy very much technology these days, the good thing is that they can be on their iPad while learning some good stuff.

  1. Be prepared to be flexible:

One of the many joys of homeschooling, is its possibility to be flexible all times. So be willing to let go your schedule, curriculum or methodology from time to time, especially when something fun comes up. Since unexpected plans are often the best plans.

Change, will happen sooner or later specially at this stage. So, don’t be afraid to experiment and learn from every experience. With time you will find your best methodology to educate your children.

  1. Never forget:

Never forget about yourself. Invest in yourself as a person, parent and teacher. Although homeschool is very time consuming, shouldn’t become your only thing

Never forget about relationships. One of the benefits of homeschooling is strengthen family relationship. So, don’t let books interrupt your family life style.

Never forget, your family comes first. Do your own things and what best works for your family. So, don’t try to be or do what others are doing. Be unique, authentic and loyal to your family.

Never forget your reason to getting started in homeschooling. At some point of your home-school journey you’ll feel like giving up. Therefore, take a deep breath and remember the reason you started homeschooling.

In addition as a final note remember, not matter your background, your socioeconomic status or your religion. Homeschooling is a great way of parent led education that could potentially benefit your child and family.

We hope you find this – How to get started homeschooling tips – useful and help you to go through this initial stage.

Congratulations in taking the first step. Welcome to the amazing experience of homeschooling.

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