Are you new to homeschooling? Are you afraid of the thought of teaching science, languages, history, math and many more? No need to worry because you are not alone. Many parents worry that they are not equipped to teach their child all the subjects, but the good thing is that there are many learning resources available to prepare for homeschooling.
There are six steps you can take to get started on the homeschooling process. This article demonstrates how you should look at the big picture first before honing in on the finer details of homeschooling.
With all the homeschooling programs, methods, curriculum options, books, and websites, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your child. Fortunately, it all comes down to these 6 steps you need to know and do.
- Investigate the laws in your state. As you embark on this homeschooling journey, the first thing you need to do is to check the legal requirements of your state. Since homeschooling is regulated by the state rather than the federal government, there may be specific regulations you need to be aware of in order to legally homeschool your child. For example, some states have specific statutes regarding homeschooling. On the other hand, there are also states that have no homeschool regulations at all. Nevertheless, it is actually not difficult to comply with these legalities because each state provides simple guidelines for compliance.
- Do your research. Now that you know the laws in your state, the next step is to look for homeschooling tips and advice. You will find a wealth of information online, where families share effective ways to homeschool your child, so do not be afraid to conduct your own research.
- Explore available homeschooling methods. There are many different homeschooling methods available, which is why you should narrow down your options by identifying the teaching style you want to emulate. For example, if you want a more laid-back and open-minded approach to teaching, you should only look for methods and resources that fit that style.
- Attend book fairs, conferences and events. Attending homeschool conventions has been proven to be helpful for parents starting out. This gives them great exposure to experienced speakers and valuable resources. At Great Home School Conventions for example, we invite only qualified experts to talk about homeschooling essentials, strategies and tactics to make the homeschooling journey a seamless transition.
- Choose your curriculum. Once you have done all the aforementioned steps, you will have the information you need to make an informed decision regarding your child’s homeschool curriculum. The reason why it is important to work through the 4 steps first is because parents tend to have buyers’ remorse when they do it early on. You should be aware of all your options first before you invest in a curriculum. It is important to choose a curriculum that suits your family. Both you and the child should be comfortable with the curriculum and learning approach.
- Locate nearby homeschoolers and join a support group. This is one of the most common suggestions homeschooling parents give because it has proven to be very helpful. Having a support group, whether local or online, will give you the encouragement you need to teach your child effectively.
By following these steps right at the beginning, homeschooling your child will not be so scary anymore.