Whenever we share that we are a homeschooling family one of the very first things people share is that they wouldn't even know where to begin. I get asked all sorts of questions and I get it because I was once there too. Thankfully I had a few close friends that had navigated this before me and I knew I could get the answers I needed quite easily.
Do you need a degree for that?
Is it legal?
Where do you get curriculum?
One of the most important things you need to do is find out what the laws are in your state. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states but each governs their own set of rules which families need to follow. While taking word of mouth answers is probably easy - I would look to the experts because you want to make sure your homeschool follows the law from the beginning.
I would recommend you looking to the HSLDA - which is the Home School Legal Defense Association. Don't let that title alarm you. They are so helpful in answering all your questions. They have lots of free information on the site but when you purchase a membership you get the advantage of talking to a live expert when ever you need it. I have personally called them many times in the beginning to sort out what I needed to know.
After you sort that out. You need to sit down with your spouse and figure out why you want to homeschool. This is really an intricate part of the process. You both need to be on the same page in this because you will need support on hard days. For us it was simply that we could not afford our high cost private education and the local public school was not a safe option. We also wanted to be sure our kids had a firm foundation in Christian education - which no public school teaches.
The next step is research. Look at blogs of homeschooling mommies. Find local homeschoolers and connect with them. (Homeschooling moms love sharing about their curriculum and tips!) Look for local homeschool groups. We have a membership with a local group that has all kinds of sports, trips and even Mom nights. Also look on Facebook, I've joined several local groups that sell curriculum and do field trips. Our local library has classes and even our bowling alley does a homeschool afternoon. There is a ton of info out there!
Are You Thinking of Homeschooling This Fall? Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comments below.
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