Last Updated on June 30, 2022 by Marie Bautista
Have you decided to homeschool your child and want assistance with time management, scheduling, or what curriculum to use?
There are many things to consider when you want to homeschool. You may be experiencing an abundance of emotions and have millions of questions.
You’re not the only one who feels this way! Many parents experience it when they begin. That’s why we’ve put together a guide on everything you need to know before you get started. From time management tips to choosing the right curriculum, we’ll help make your transition as smooth as possible.
Are you in doubt to homeschool?
It’s natural to have questions and feelings of doubt when you begin homeschooling but keep in mind to stay optimistic and avoid focusing on any negativity.
You can do this!
How to start:
- Start by doing some research so you feel more prepared. You’ll be teaching your kids from the comfort of your home, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.
- Be sure to have realistic expectations and give yourself some grace. No one is perfect and there will be days (or even weeks) where things don’t go as planned. The most important thing is that you and your kids are happy with the decision to homeschool.
- It may be frightening at first, but the good news is that with a regular practice, you can overcome those emotions. Simply creating a daily plan can keep you from becoming overwhelmed with homeschooling at home. Make a plan for each child. Keep in mind that children of all ages can work together on projects.
- It’s both time-consuming and exciting. Homeschooling requires the involvement of all family members, as well as commitment, attention, and patience. Whatever your journey is, I can assure you that the end result can be very gratifying. Take the time each day to praise your children for their hard work in school, remembering to offer little bonuses frequently.
- It removes limitations so you can choose what your child learns and how they learn it. Homeschooling provides you and your child with the opportunity for customizing your learning experience. Since you know your child better than most, you can spend as much time on any given subject without limitations or time restraints.
- Homeschooling is definitely life-changing for you and your child. What is your main reason for homeschooling your child? One idea is to write down why you chose to homeschool over conventional schooling. This simple statement will show you, over time, just how life-changing this journey has been.
- Every state has different requirements for homeschooling. Make sure you know your state’s procedures. Be sure to find out what your local city and state requirements are before starting your journey. The last thing you want is to find out you’ve missed important facts or deadlines. Begin by simply calling your local public school superintendent’s office and they should have plenty of resources for you.
- Assistance and support groups are available, you are not alone! There is no reason to feel lonely or isolated when it comes to homeschooling. There are dozens of online and in-person homeschooling support groups available to you and your children as you make the journey into homeschooling.
- Socialization will not be an issue. This is a common misconception within the homeschooling skeptic community that simply is not true. There is freedom that comes with homeschooling that affords you and your children to enjoy extra activities with groups of peers.
Let’s dig a little bit deeper into some of the most frequent thoughts before we begin homeschooling.
The following are some of the most frequently encountered difficulties that other homeschoolers have encountered. When you’re aware of what potential conflicts may arise, you can prepare your replies to others who might begin to question your choice to educate your children at home.
Remember why you made this choice and explain it to your family and friends. Regardless of how they feel about your decision, remember the positive impact it will have on your family.
Things to Know Before You Start Homeschool
- You’ll be asked a lot of questions from family, friends, peers, and even ‘helpful’ schoolteachers. Many times, these questions are rude or even hurtful. If you face these types of questions, just try to ignore such negativity.
- Your children might not agree with your decision to homeschool. Some children come from a public-school situation and are not thrilled with the choice to be schooled from home. If your student is being respectful, be open to their concerns, even if you don’t like what they say it’s important to hear them out.
- Feeling like you’re lost can be a normal feeling when first starting your homeschool journey. These feelings will subside once you gain insight into what works for everyone in your family.
- Knowing your state’s requirements can be a major stress point so the sooner you begin seeking the requirements the better you will feel. This knowledge will get you off to a strong start and give you the key to building your curriculum
- There are different types of learning methods and curricula such as Waldorf, Unschooling, Classical, and Montessori. Finding one that matches your student’s learning style will set you up for a successful year.
- Don’t do homeschooling alone. In the beginning, stages find support groups, co-ops, and local clubs. Having a strong support system for yourself will keep you moving forward, especially during difficult or trying times
- There is no perfect day, so striving for perfection is not realistic. Just work each day focused on your child’s needs and interests and be willing to adapt your schedule as needed.
- You are not required to know everything. Just like a public school system has different teachers for each subject, you can seek the expertise for subjects as needed. As a homeschooling parent, you are not required to learn the materials that your student is learning.
- Always take a break. Just like the public school system has field trips and Teacher In-service days that allow the teacher to take a break from the classroom
- Homeschool does not have to be difficult. Since you know your student better than anyone else, you can ensure their day is successful. There are plenty of blogs, local resources, and support systems available to you and your homeschooling family.
Additional Things to Keep in Mind
Feelings of isolation can happen during the homeschool journey. Knowing this beforehand is the key to overcoming this potential obstacle.
What interests does your child have?
Begin by taking notes of what interests your child has in the following areas such as camping, arts, science, or even gardening. Some possible activities to consider when matching your child’s likes and creativity could include:
- Arts such as sewing, painting, pottery, and ceramics offer hands-on options.
- Outdoor activities like camping, hunting, gardening, and landscaping.
- Construction and building sheds, or even smaller items like birdhouses or dollhouses.
- Entrepreneurs and economics can give your child the opportunity to learn public speaking and outreach.
Once you have a nice list of current and possible activities, you can begin to look for groups and local activities to join.
Many homeschooling families join local organizations that offer a wide variety of learning opportunities like 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and church-based activity groups.
When you are new to homeschooling, there can be a slight learning curve to getting connected with these types of groups.
Below is a list of places to find homeschooling resources:
- Local churches and YMCAs may have a list of available groups and events.
- Google “homeschool groups near me” and enter your town or city.
- Call your local library and ask to speak to someone at the resource desk.
- Check out Facebook and see what groups are local to you and that will meet your family’s homeschooling goals.
- Lastly, give your local school board a call and see what resources they may have available to you as a home educator.
You and your student have the flexibility to design and customize your learning experiences if you stay within the legal requirements. You are no longer required to follow the schedule of the traditional school system. Having education freedom allows you to create a unique, custom learning path for yourself and your students.
The next thing to consider when homeschooling is a curriculum for each child.
You can begin your search by looking into a curriculum you are already familiar with using. If you are new to homeschooling then research what others are using in your area and get their feedback. You could also go to the internet and search for homeschool curriculum fairs.
Homeschool curriculum fairs allow you to physically hold the items and look at how each lesson is planned and explained before you invest your time or money into it. You can also mix and match different curriculums to best suit your student’s unique learning styles.
For example, you can use both books and digital-based lessons to create a custom learning experience.
Homeschool curriculum can come in many forms such as:
- eBooks and printables
- Audio lessons
- Video lessons
- Physical books
- Digital lesson plans
Do I need to stick to one homeschool curriculum?
If the homeschool curriculum is not working for your student, replace it with a different option. There are no rules that say you must use the exact curriculum for the entire year.
It’s important to note if your student is struggling with a particular subject, try a different curriculum to help your student understand the concepts being presented. Never feel that you must keep the same curriculum you began with when school started.
If the curriculum you chose at the beginning of the school year is not going as planned then feel free to change what isn’t working. Many students have a natural way of learning new concepts and often show their parents how they learn best. Be open to listening to what your student is saying or suggesting as they journey through homeschooling.
Depending on what grade level your student is entering there could be additional basic subjects that are required by your school district. Also, keep in mind that you can add topics to these core classes. You might be aware of the basic core subjects that are required for homeschooling.
- Core Classes
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Health Education
- Art Appreciation
These subjects offer subtopics that many times go unnoticed but can offer you and your student a new way of learning the core subject. For example, teaching math directly from the workbooks or supplied curriculum forms may not help your student learn the concept.
However, by implementing a subtopic you may unlock the learning potential of your student. You could take the math lesson and create a subtopic that is in line with the student’s interests. If your student desires to create their own fashion line of clothing, you could use this to include the math that is required for fashion design.
If your student is bored or struggling with a particular subject, allow them to explore alternative learning methods. Given this freedom, your student might just surprise you with how well they can grasp the concepts presented to them. Among the core classes that are required, you can also implement additional skills-based topics and lesson plans.
Home Economics –Your student can learn how to sew, cook, meal plan, and create a personal budget.
Shop Class –The student can learn how to use power tools, build structures, and new skills, like woodworking.
Study Habits Class – In this class, the student learns a variety of ways to study more effectively, the proper way to make flashcards, take notes, and create outlines.
Personal Finance – The student can learn to manage an allowance and save money.
Organization Skills – Let the student choose to use a physical organizer or an app.
Health and Wellness – This helps students understand personal hygiene, reproductive health, nutrition, and habits.
Community and Volunteering – As a family, choose organizations you can help locally or nationally.
Having a variety of life skills helps students find a passion. Though these are just a few possible life skills you can include in your homeschooling journey, take notice of what your student naturally is attracted to and try to include it in your studies.
The most pressing, or important thing to know about homeschooling is the legal requirements for your children. As a homeschool parent, it is of utmost importance to know, understand, and comply with your state and local laws.
You can find this information by connecting with a local, veteran homeschooling parents’ group. These individuals will provide you with the support and knowledge you need right from the beginning and well into the years of homeschooling. Keep in mind that you cannot put all your faith into what others tell you. Ultimately, you are the one that is responsible for knowing and following all the legal requirements.
Time passes by so quickly, so be sure to schedule in advance any county, local or statewide testing that is required by law. Also take notes on where each exam is being held and what, if any, types of documents must be submitted, and to whom. Many local school districts require:
- A written letter of intent to homeschool
- An outline of the curriculum being used
- Yearly document submissions that show what the student learned
When it comes to recording keeping you will want to be sure to follow the school district’s expectations. You will need to keep records for each of your students, if you are homeschooling several students, then this can be a little tricky. Below are a few quick tips for recording keeping. Record keeping is like storytelling, and everyone likes a good story. Provide details and emotions while giving details on the student’s journey.
Homeschooling in the Philippines
Despite its infancy, homeschooling is completely acceptable in the Philippines. There are two ways to homeschool in the Philippines. One is through the Department of Education (DepEd) Home Study Program and the second is your own independent schooling.
Department of Education (Philippines) Home Study Programs:
Home Study Programs “are implemented by interested divisions of the DepEd in consonance with the 1987 Constitution (Article XV) which provides that quality education at all levels be made accessible to all Filipinos, and that non-formal and indigenous learning systems, as well as self-learning and out-of-school study programs, particularly those that respond to community needs be developed.”
Home Study Programs “provide an affordable secondary education for all, and bring about an opportunity to enhance the quality of life of the citizenry; give opportunity for sickly and working students to finish their secondary schooling; and help solve the school problem of shortage of teachers and classrooms.”
These programs, clearly, achieve a number of varied objectives that are distinct from those seen in the United States and other countries. The Department of Education, for example, recognizes children who must work at an early age to support their families. These programs allow working students to study while working. Students who work in factories, babysitters, vendors, cleaners, and laborers may use the program to both work and go to school. Homeschooling also helps to minimize school congestion in the Philippines, which is not an issue in other more developed countries
Students must obtain a minimum 80% average grade in English, math, science, and Filipino at the primary level to be accepted into a Home Study Program. A certificate of employment must be provided if a student is working; likewise, an ill student’s medical certificate must be produced.
The curriculum is identical for all students in each subject during the school year, and they are given with study topics every week. The students must respond to questions provided by teachers at the conclusion of each topic; these “contact sessions” between pupils and instructors take place on Saturdays and may be used to clarify complicated issues that students encounter throughout the week.
Teachers have complete control over the program’s instructional, guidance, and supervision. Educated parents, on the other hand, may assist in the preparation of homework. Given that many Filipino parents are employed full-time, however, teachers bear the bulk of the responsibility for education.
Independent homeschooling is just as it sounds: It’s home education without the assistance of a DepEd-approved home schooling provider.
In the Philippines, homeschooling does not have to meet particularly tough standards (though this may change–it’s best to check with the local government before committing to homeschooling).
The Constitution states: “All educational institutions…shall inculcate patriotism and nationalism, foster love of humanity, respect for human rights…teach the rights and duties of citizenship, strengthen ethical and spiritual values, develop moral character and personal discipline, encourage critical and creative thinking, broaden scientific and technological knowledge, and promote vocational efficiency.”
In the Philippines, as in every other nation, independent home education is essentially the same. You are free to design your own courses, curriculum, teaching materials, and other resources.
Parents who choose to homeschool their children through a DepEd-accredited home schooling service must be college graduates. Parents who do not have a bachelor’s degree are permitted to teach their kids independently and have them re-enter the Department of Education system via the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT). Students who wish to transfer into a regular school system must first be accredited by the Department of Education before enrolling.
- Consider The Reader – Who is going to read your student’s school records? Will it be local, government, or college officials? Keep everything factual and professional.
- Know The Purpose – Are the records being sent for college consideration? Keep the purpose of these records in mind as each student may require a different purpose.
- Share Your Student’s Successes – Keep your writing focused on the accomplishments your student has made throughout their year
- Keep Samples of Your Student’s Work – Some districts require examples of the work your student has completed.
- Keep 3 Years of Records on Hand – The current year, plus the two previous years of work examples are often all it takes.
To beat overwhelm, keep records on a weekly or monthly basis throughout the homeschool year.
It is easier to write a quick detailed record of what your student accomplished that month versus trying to recall from memory at the end of your semester.
If you find that you are struggling with your record-keeping, or in any area, then be sure to reach out to others in your homeschooling network. Having a strong support system is the key to a successful homeschooling journey.
One thing about homeschooling is that you can do it from any room in the house and it can be any size.
Many families use their dining room table and utilize a wheeled cart for the laptops, audio equipment, books, and supplies. This type of classroom can be thought of as a mobile classroom, meaning you can move the school items to any room in your home. It is important to take note of your child’s learning style and consider that when setting up your classroom.
If you are homeschooling children in different grades or levels of academia, be mindful of how you will address the needs of each child. Many times, older children can start their homeschool lessons before the younger siblings, allowing them to finish their day earlier. This often gives you dedicated time to focus on the siblings at varying times and frees up space in your homeschooling room.
No matter what room you have for homeschooling, try your best to keep it tidy and organized. This will enhance the likelihood of helping your children focus on their schoolwork and not be distracted by non-educational things. The more organized the room is, the more likely your child will know immediately that it is time for school and will be able to stay focused on their studies.
Homeschool Classroom Ideas
- Make the classroom work for everyone. Keep in mind the ages of each student and their likes and dislikes.
- Make the space functional with computers, proper desks and chairs, sturdy tables, and plenty of space for supplies.
- Make the classroom fun. If you are using a room that is multifunctional such as a kitchen or dining room, then create individual fun spaces that can be removed at the end of each day.
- Create a comfortable and inviting area. There’s nothing worse than having to sit on a hard chair or a table or desk that is too short.
- Give each student their own storage area or mobile storage unit. Students like to have a place to put their own items without having to worry about touching other students’ items.
Starting your homeschooling year with a structured plan and dedicated space is one of the best ways to start.
Once everyone knows the routine you can begin to allow your students to work in different locations within your home. Many students choose to sit on a porch or even take their work to the local library. T
The best place for your homeschooling student to work is an area that is well lit, free of distractions, comfortable, and conducive to their learning style.
Mobile or Small Classroom Ideas
Regardless of what others might think, you really do not need a large space or room for homeschooling your children. You can do a quick online search for small homeschooling spaces and walk away with dozens of inspirations.
If you are homeschooling in a small space there are a variety of ways to make that space work for you and your students.
Below are a few tips for maximizing your homeschooling space.
- Keep toys and other activities in a different location from the main work area. This can keep the noise down while other students are focusing on their studies.
- Allow more responsible students to work in their rooms, free of television or other distracting games.
- Use a mobile craft cart for each student’s workbooks, audio/video equipment, and supplies. This mobile cart allows each student to keep their items separate from others and requires them to keep it clean.
- If the weather is nice consider schooling at the local park or on your porch. The fresh air and sunlight are a nice energy booster environment for many students.
- Reach out to your local church, library, or YMCA to see if they have a small room you can rent for larger lessons or just a change of atmosphere.
Homeschooling permits you to use your creativity when it comes to schedules, decorating, or even where you want your classroom to be held.
Always consider the weather, the environment, and the safety of yourself and your students before venturing to unknown areas.
The beginning of each homeschool year can bring excitement and questions on how to structure your day. It’s important to create and follow a schedule because your day can quickly get away from you. Just keep in mind that you can change things up a bit if the students are too tired or become distracted. Take these natural cues as a way of knowing that you or the students need a break.
The schedule you create is to keep you and your students accountable for how you use your time and teaches everyone how to be accountable for their studies. Think of your daily schedule as bringing consistency and structure which in turn will keep your day moving forward. One thing you may notice is a general lack of discipline, but don’t worry this is normal.
It is recommended by many homeschooling veterans that you begin your day with some active time, which lets the student burn off some energy. Then move on to the hardest subject first that way you and your child don’t put things off and ultimately try to avoid them.
Once your student completes that tough subject, now you can allow them to work on their favorite subject. Remember to include daily active time for each student, this is essential for their physical and mental health. Plus, it gives you a brief break from everything too.
Homeschool Scheduling Tips
- Decide on the framework you need to follow such as Year-Round schooling, Four-day a week schooling, or a typical school schedule. Therefore, it is important to know your city or county’s schooling laws. Once you know your laws you can freely create a schedule that will work for you and your homeschooling students.
- Use One Calendar for Everything – Many homeschooling families use one calendar as their ‘hub.’ This means they place all holidays, doctor appointments, standing events, etc., into the calendar. Then they schedule homeschooling around those dates and times. It’s important to use what works best for you and your family. The benefits of homeschooling are that your schedule does not have to be a typical schedule and you can adjust your routine as needed.
- Create a Routine Vs a Schedule – Since no two days are alike it’s important to focus on progress and not perfection. There will be days that trying to stick to a stringent schedule will only lead to frustration and feelings of failure. Homeschooling should never cause you or your students to feel frustrated or like a failure.
Instead of being strict on the exact time for each of your student’s subjects, try to give yourself some leeway such as practice math between 9:00 and 9:30, then move on to the next subject. Approaching each day and subject in this manner will help each of you accomplish your studies each day with feelings of accomplishment.
- Use Time Blocking – Work in chunks of time or blocks of time. This may make it easier to schedule subjects throughout your school day. Time Blocking allows you to assign a subject to a specific hour of time allowing you to work on any part of that subject throughout that hour. For example, say you want your student to work on math from 9:00 – 10:00, but they have the freedom to choose what math activity they focus on within that hour.
- Different ‘School Day’ Expectations – The homeschool day will not look like a day in a traditional school day since you can focus one on one with your student and answer their questions directly. In a typical homeschool setting, there is usually a teacher who must share the attention with several students, which in turn requires extra time.
Allow yourself and your students the opportunity to find what works, as you navigate and decide what works best in your homeschooling. There is no ‘cookie cutter’ schedule that works for everyone. You may notice that each students manages their school subjects in a different manner from other children.
When it comes to homeschooling this is one of the many freedoms that you and your students can enjoy. Just take one day at a time and see what works for each person as long as the scholastic goals are being met in a timely manner.
If you decide to let others close to you know that you are going to homeschool, you might just be asked “What about socialization?” Remember, you don’t owe anyone any explanation and it’s simply not relevant. If you chose to answer the question, you can simply reassure them you have plenty of activities to participate in.
Socializing for each student may look different, so ask your student what type of activity they would like to be a part of and look for that opportunity. Keep in mind that the use of online live interactions does not replace the human need for in-person connections. Also, don’t over-commit yourself or your student by joining every possible group or activity, choose wisely, and schedule accordingly.
Homeschool Social Activities
- Local Homeschooling Support Groups
- Dance Lessons
- Music and Vocal Lessons
- Sports Teams (check your local YMCA)
- Local College Courses
Keep in mind that everyone needs to connect with others on a regular basis to avoid loneliness, so be sure not to isolate yourself or your students. Take note of each student’s demeanor, are they bored or lonely? These may signify feeling isolated and will require you to act by finding healthy groups for you and your students to spend time with.
You need your students to connect with their peers as well as students of different ages. Socialization can take place in playgroups, sports, volunteering, and co-op groups. Every student needs to feel included and connected with others, so make sure to take notice every day in the life of each of your children.
Homeschool parents need just as much support and encouragement as the students they are teaching. Regardless of your experience as a homeschooling parent, be sure to find quiet time for yourself each day. Many parents wake up earlier than the students so they can have uninterrupted time alone.
This is your opportunity to prepare for the day and set the tone for everyone. If you rush around in the mornings, this can ultimately cause a feeling of chaos that your students will feel. If you are not a morning person this can feel like a struggle, but with time and effort, you can overcome these feelings.
Tips for a Better Homeschooling Experience
- Stay positive and do something to live your spirits, especially on difficult days.
- Be clear on your expectations for yourself and your students.
- Listen to your students and their ideas. They may see a different way to manage a difficult problem.
- Reach out for help before you become overwhelmed. There are support groups for you to join and obtain more information.
- Be the example of how you want your students to behave. Your students will mimic your facial expressions and tone of voice.
- Treat yourself to a day off by scheduling a Teacher In-service Day.
- Meet with other homeschooling parents for a night out. Have everyone pull money together for a few sitters and pizza.
- If you cook meals regularly, pick one day a week for delivery.
- Create a beautiful space for yourself to relax away from the schooling area.
- Wake up before the students to get focused on your day. This will help you create an atmosphere of calmness and confidence.
Every homeschooling family approaches it differently. Treat each day as a new opportunity to instill a love of learning and adventure into your students. If you see that one idea isn’t working, be open to finding other ideas. Keep trying until you find a good approach for your situation.
Take notice of how you are feeling throughout the homeschool day. Do you feel lonely or overwhelmed with the school day activities? Don’t wait until you feel completely lost or overwhelmed before you act for your own personal mental and physical wellbeing. Be sure to schedule regular adult time away from your students.
Think of activities you enjoy with adults and be sure to secure a child sitter for your underaged children in advance. Personal care is not selfish and is essential for creating and maintaining a healthy homeschool atmosphere. Keep in mind to be patient with yourself because you are learning along with your students.
It’s been said that the first year of homeschooling can be the most difficult and it feels like the parent is the one doing the most learning. If the parent attended a traditional school and this is their first experience with homeschooling, they may feel like they need to unlearn how to school to successfully homeschool.
No matter what you feel, take note of what is causing these feelings and find the positive support you need to meet your goals as a homeschool parent. Keep in mind that your feelings are just as important as those of your students.
Start your day early. By starting your day earlier than your children, you have the chance to assess your energy level and think through the day’s activities. If you have something scheduled that no longer work for that particular day then move it to another day or week. Some days you will accomplish everything you hoped and other days you will be relieved to have gotten one thing finished.
There are some wonderful freedoms that come with homeschooling your children and one way to ensure everyone is having a great time while learning is to host or attend homeschooling events. These events provide a mixture of education and socialization. Some fun ideas that you can incorporate during your homeschool year could include:
- Science Fairs – Students who love science or science fiction can let their lights shine.
- Fashion Shows – Students who sew or create yarn work items can highlight their items.
- Field Trips – Students of all ages can learn and enjoy field trips that interest them.
- Bake-off – Let the students show off their new baking skills.
- Camping – Invite the students’ families to go camping for a weekend.
While homeschooling is serious and requires your attention, there is no reason not to make it as enjoyable as possible. If you find that you are miserable homeschooling, then take some time off and sit down to figure out what might be causing these feelings. You might find that you just need a day off.
Don’t try to plan or host events by yourself. Ask other local parents in your local homeschooling co-op group to help you out. These types of events and groups offer social and educational benefits. Plus, homeschooling events can provide you and your students the chance to speak to other homeschooling families. This interaction can give you the boost you might need during difficult times or even ward off any feelings of isolation.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is homeschooling legal?
Yes, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states in the United States. Each state has its own set of regulations, so be sure to research what is required in your state. In most cases, parents are required to submit a Notice of Intent to homeschool and keep attendance records. In the Philippines, homeschooling is legal. It is provided in the Philippine Constitution: “The State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all . . . Without limiting the natural right of parents to rear their children . . .”
How do I know if homeschooling is right for me and my family?
The best way to know if homeschooling is right for you and your family is to research, learn as much as you can, and pray about it. Every family has different reasons for why they choose to homeschool. Some families do it for religious reasons while others want their children to have a more customized education. There are many resources available to help you make this decision.
Some families try homeschooling for a year and then decide it’s not for them. That’s okay too! The important thing is that you make the best decision for your family.
What are some of the benefits of homeschooling?
Some benefits of homeschooling include:
● Customized Education – You can tailor the education to fit your child’s needs and interests.
● Flexible Schedule – You can set your own schedule and take breaks when needed.
● More Family Time – You will have more time to spend with your family since you won’t have to commute to and from school.
● Educational Field Trips – You can go on educational field trips that interest your family.
What are some of the challenges of homeschooling?
Some challenges of homeschooling include:
● Isolation – You might feel isolated from the outside world since you won’t be interacting with other children and adults on a daily basis.
● Lack of Structure – The lack of structure can be difficult for some families to adjust to.
● Less Free Time – You will have less free time since you will be homeschooling your children.
● Financial Burden – Homeschooling can be a financial burden since you might have to purchase curriculum and materials.
Is homeschooling right for everyone?
No, homeschooling is not right for everyone. Each family has to decide what is best for them. Some families thrive in a homeschooling environment while others do not.
How will my child make friends if she is homeschooled?
Your child will make friends in a variety of ways. She can participate in homeschooling co-ops and groups, join sports teams, take classes at the community center, or go to church events.
What if I need help?
There are many resources available to help you with homeschooling. You can find support groups online and in your community. You can also hire a tutor or take classes at the community center.
What are some of the costs associated with homeschooling?
Some of the costs associated with homeschooling include curriculum, books, materials, and field trips. You might also have to pay for tutoring or classes.
Can my children still participate in extracurricular activities?
Yes, your children can still participate in extracurricular activities. They can join sports teams, take classes at the community center, or go to church events.
What if I want to homeschool my child but my spouse doesn’t?
If you want to homeschool your child but your spouse doesn’t, you will need to have a discussion about it. You will need to decide what is best for your family. If you decide to homeschool, you will need to be the primary teacher.
How do I know what curriculum to use?
There are many resources available to help you choose the right curriculum. You can attend homeschooling conventions, read homeschooling reviews, and talk to other homeschooling families.
When should I start homeschooling?
The best time to start homeschooling is when you feel ready. You will need to do some research and learn as much as you can before you make the decision. Some families start homeschooling when their children are very young while others wait until they are older.
How do I know if my child is ready for homeschooling?
The best way to know if your child is ready for homeschooling is to talk to them about it. You can also ask their opinion on homeschooling and see how they feel. If you think they are ready, you can start homeschooling.
Is there a right or wrong way to homeschool?
No, there is no right or wrong way to homeschool. Each family has to find what works best for them. You can use a variety of resources and materials to homeschool your children.
How do I create a homeschooling schedule?
You can create a homeschooling schedule that works for you and your family. You will need to consider your child’s age, learning style, and the amount of time you have. You can also use a variety of resources to help you create a schedule.
How do I know if my child is doing well in homeschool?
You can assess your child’s progress by giving them tests and quizzes. You can also talk to them about their homeschooling experience and see how they feel. If you think they are doing well, you can continue homeschooling.
Do I have to be a teacher to homeschool my children?
No, you don’t have to be a teacher to homeschool your children. However, it is helpful if you are familiar with the curriculum and materials. You can also hire a tutor or take classes at the community center.
What if I’m not sure I can do this?
If you’re not sure you can homeschool your children, you can talk to other homeschooling families. You can also attend homeschooling conventions and read homeschooling reviews. If you still feel unsure, you can try it for a year and see how it goes.
How do I homeschool if we travel frequently?
If you travel frequently, you can homeschool your children. You will need to plan ahead and make sure you have the resources you need. You can also use a variety of resources to help you homeschool while you travel.
What about standardized tests and college?
You can homeschool your children and have them take standardized tests. You will need to plan ahead and make sure you have the resources you need. You can also use a variety of resources to help you homeschool while you travel.
Can I homeschool part-time?
Yes, you can homeschool part-time. You will need to plan ahead and make sure you have the resources you need. You can also use a variety of resources to help you homeschool while you travel.
What if I’m not sure I want to homeschool?
If you’re not sure you want to homeschool, you can talk to other homeschooling families. You can also attend homeschooling conventions and read homeschooling reviews. If you still feel unsure, you can try it for a year and see how it goes.
So have you decided to homeschool yet?
It is important to know that there is no wrong or right way to homeschool, each family has to find what works best for them. You can use a variety of resources and materials to homeschool your children. Another thing you need to consider before starting homeschooling is the amount of time you have and your child’s age and learning style. You also might want to try it for a year and see how it goes before making a long-term decision. Lastly, don’t forget to socialize your children by having them participate in extracurricular activities, joining sports teams, or taking classes at the community center.
Homeschooling can be a great experience for both you and your children if you are prepared and have done your research. Just remember to take it one day at a time, be flexible, and enjoy the journey!