How to homeschool? 5 Things to Consider when beginning to homeschool;
Answering these frequently asked questions will help you start homeschooling and help you work out exactly how to homeschool.
Don't feel overwhelmed - but find helpful answers to many common questions and reasons how and why homeschooling can benefit your family.
We can help you with each of these steps and below I have added some links to flesh out all the considerations when beginning to homeschool.
Is homeschooling right for my family and for my child?
Deciding to homeschool is a major decision. One of the first things you need to consider is why you are choosing to homeschool. For some it is a decision they have made since their children were born. For others the decision may be forced upon you due to circumstances and at this stage, you might even be reluctant to begin.
There will be varied reasons including: safety benefits, emotional benefits, a great place to instil family values and beliefs, a healthy environment to prepare for the real world ...
Read some of benefits of homeschooling from our perspective and other homeschool families.
Another important consideration in beginning to homeschool is the government requirements or regulations regarding homeschooling. Homeschooling happens around the world (although some countries do ban it) and so you will need to contact the authorities in your country and state.
Some families actively choose not to register, but if you do wish to register for home education, check with what is required.
Next, you will need to consider what to teach and how you may need to present that to the authorities in your country.
Planning can be done in so many ways depending on how to plan to teach, what your goals are, the type of approach you will consider.
One very simple approach I have used for registration is to attach the relevant government documents to the front of the plan and then go ahead and explain what we intend to do. It is a simple format and can be adapted to fit most circumstances. If you're interested to see this document or to modify it to suit your needs, visit the homeschool Australia registration page.
Although, this specifically refers to the NSW, Australian curriculum requirements, it is easily modified. Add in the required subject headings for your state, add in the required checklists for the state and then write what you plan to do.
Getting organized may be really challenging for some families and a real breeze for others. One thing you need to do is to work in a way that suits you and suits your family. Some links which may help:
We all need encouragement for the homeschooling journey.
You will need to find support groups that you can be a part of - not only for your children's sake, but for yours as well! You need support, encouragement and a place to discuss ideas and thoughts.
Subscribe to an ezine to get encouragement for the journey. Join me here with the Keep On Track Homeschooling Ezine.
Find encouraging homeschool articles here:
There are many homeschooling support groups online as well as facebook to help you with your journey. Join our crowd here: Yourhomeschool
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This practical step-by-step homeschooling guide will help you plan how to homeschool;
Take your time and work through the steps below...