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How to get started homeschooling.

if I want to homeschool, where should I start?

If you're interested in homeschooling, here are a few places I'd recommend starting.

  1. First, research homeschooling laws in your state. Every state has its laws and regulations. It's essential to understand what your state requires regarding curriculum, attendance, testing, and record-keeping. This can be a deal breaker for some parents as far as what's required. If you want to know more check out this site. https://hslda.org/legal/

  2. Choose a homeschooling method: There are various approaches to homeschooling, such as traditional, unit studies, Charlotte Mason, unschooling, and more. Research and choose a method that aligns with your child's learning style, your teaching style, and your goals for homeschooling. It's okay if you don't know jack about these learning styles at first. I'd say start with deschooling your child first. This gets them into a new routine of being at home every day and then adding in school to their home life. After all, that's what homeschooling is. You have to know how your child learns best first. Check out this site for an explanation of different styles. How to Find Your Homeschooling Style | Homeschool .com

  3. Determine your curriculum: Depending on your state's laws, you may need to follow a particular curriculum or set of standards. If not, research and choose a curriculum that aligns with your child's learning style and your teaching style. Some great options for Unit studies are Gather Round Homeschool, Campfire curriculums, etc. Check out ESTY or teacherspayteachers.com if there's a certain topic you want to learn about but don't want to make up a lesson plan yourself. >Unit Studies - TheHomeSchoolMom This helps explain how unit study learning works.

  4. Create a schedule: Create a daily or weekly schedule that works for your family, including time for academics, extracurricular activities, and breaks. I think structure is key, even if it's a very loosely structured say, it's still giving both you and your child an idea of what to expect. There's a Sample Schedule under my homeschool freebies tab!

  5. Connect with other homeschoolers: Joining a homeschooling group or connecting with other homeschooling families can provide support, resources, and social opportunities for both you and your child. It's always nice to connect with others who are homeschooling. One of the moms in our area started a nature walk Friday. We meet at her house on Friday mornings with our packed lunch and walk there woods. It's just nice to be outside and let the kids play.

  6. Establish a record-keeping system: Keep track of your child's progress, attendance, and any other relevant information required by your state's homeschooling laws. Again, this is why it's important to know what your state laws require of you. Using Microsoft OneNote is a great idea! Check out this video from The Waldock Way on how she uses it! https://youtu.be/YeA3Qx8YnMU

  7. Stay flexible: Homeschooling allows for a great deal of flexibility, so be willing to adjust your approach as needed to meet your child's needs and interests.

Homeschooling is a significant commitment that requires time, effort, and dedication. With proper planning and preparation, however, it can be a highly rewarding and successful experience! The experience is what you make it. Adding in field trips and extra experiences that your child wouldn't have in public school is awesome. We saw several Broadway plays during our first homeschool year!

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It's always good to remember not to worry too much when you start. It takes time to find your flow. Go to museums, parks and the library until you discover your kids interests and learning styles.

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I'm Stefany, from the Made in Wisconsin Family. I am excited to share our journey through life and homeschooling with the many parents who find themselves in the world of home education. 

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