Homeschooling is growing. Parents are unhappy with the current school systems. Heavy workloads, crazy testing and safety are among top concerns. I can't say that I blame parents for questioning these things. We were once private school parents and we were happy way back then until our financial situation changed and we needed an alternative. I then started researching homeschooling. Our first year was wonderful and a bit rocky but I wouldn't change it one bit. We are on our 6th year of homeschooling and I've learned a lot.
First Steps of Homeschooling
Why Do You Want To Homeschool
I suggest you write this answer down and keep it safe. It will help you on the hard days. Is your kid struggling and not receiving proper support? Is your child bullied? Do you want to spend more time with your kids? Find out your motivation and keep it close.
Is Your Spouse Supportive
This is a big one. Homeschooling has great days and hard days. You need full support. In our case my husband said let's try it for a year. He supported my decision and helped us achieve our goals.
Is It Realistic
Does your lifestyle lend to a homeschooling lifestyle? I had to give up a lot to homeschool. I used to have my days free when the kids were in school to run errands, visit sick loved ones, grocery shop, clean, grab a coffee with a girlfriend. Those days are long gone. Do you have to work? (Working is something you can manage but it will be hard work to make sure you do your professional job and homeschooling job.)
Can you afford to do it. Curriculum cost money. People will tell you that you can do it for free but the truth is it is easier to be able to buy what you need to accomplish goals. You might have to spend $20 on a math game to solidify money concepts your child struggles with. Are you able to provided the necessary materials. (Keep in mind homeschooling can be done on a budget but you have to have some money to do it.)
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