Welcome to 12 Simple Steps to Homeschooling!
I am excited to invite you to embark on a new journey with me. We are going to dive into the essentials of homeschooling with 12 Simple Steps to Homeschooling. When you first approach homeschooling and search it on the internet, thousands of websites pop up. Suddenly you are flooded with information about curriculums, homeschooling styles, unit studies, and more. Where do you start? How do you go about sorting through the pieces?
First, know that you are not alone.
Every day new families are turning to homeschooling. In fact, our small little homeschooling community has exploded over the past few years. Everywhere around you, homeschool co-ops and groups are forming.
Some families have come to this decision because they are unsatisfied with their public-school choices. A few families have planned to homeschool since their children were born. Others started homeschooling because their child was falling behind, and they weren’t getting support from the school. Still, others are grappling with a special needs child and don’t know what else to do. However, you arrived at the decision you are welcome here!
In the 12 Simple Steps to Homeschooling series, I am going to cover the simple step-by-step process of homeschooling. It will cover everything from curriculum choices to what to do when you are struggling. I will be assigning little tasks for you to do on your own or questions to answer. Don’t worry there won’t be a quiz. The questions will be designed for you to think your way through the process. It will help you to understand what is expected of you or possible hurdles in the road ahead.
Twice a week I will bring you a new article uncovering a part of homeschooling that you will need to consider during your journey. So, don’t forget to subscribe at the end of the post. You won’t want to miss a single article in the 12 Simple Steps to Homeschooling Series.
I will welcome feedback and questions. Even if you think it is a small or irrelevant question, ask it anyway. If you are wondering it, chances are other people are as well.
Homeschooling is a unique journey for each family.
The biggest thing to remember is there is not a wrong way to do it. There are several different types of homeschooling styles. Each style holds unique challenges of its own. I will only highlight a couple because I am not an expert in them. My approach to homeschooling is a mixture of traditional and eclectic homeschooling.
Traditional homeschooling is a lot like regular school. We use a curriculum with lessons that are already laid out for us. However, we don’t use it exactly the way it was written. I modify lessons and schedule things according to our needs which is why I say we are also eclectic homeschoolers. There is some animosity in the homeschooling community about “box curriculums” but after trying different things, a “box curriculum” is what works for our family. It frees up time for me to help my children with their school work that I would have otherwise spent lesson planning. This works for us but whatever method you choose it just needs to be right for your family. You are in charge of your homeschooling journey, so you get to decide how you want to go about it.
I invite you to spend some time researching homeschooling styles. If you are like I was when we started and completely new to the concept of homeschooling, perhaps you will feel more comfortable with traditional homeschooling because it partially mimics the public-school setting and gives you a starting point. Many homeschoolers start with traditional homeschooling and then branch off into their own style of homeschooling. I would not get totally wrapped up in defining your style because while you might fit a little bit into one category, you may also fit into another. In the end, it really doesn’t matter.
What does matter is the “Why”. Here comes the homework part. Why are you homeschooling? I would like for you to list out in your head or even better on a piece of paper your reasons for homeschooling. Is it because you feel like the public school is not providing an adequate education for your child? Is it because your son is struggling with reading and you feel like he needs more one on one help? Could it be because your husband works rotating shifts and you will be able to match his schedule and give your family more time together? Do you like the freedom of defining your own schedule or routine instead of following a school schedule?
Whatever the reason, write it down. Put it on a sticky note, right on your computer. Right there where you will see it every day. There is a reason you are doing this. Homeschooling is not a decision that comes lightly. Why would you choose to homeschool when it is easier to send your children to public school? So, define this reason or reasons and put it right where you can see it. It will help encourage you on the days that you feel like you have lost your way. There will be days that it will seem hard and you will feel discouraged. But like a beacon there it will be on a little sticky note on the edge of your laptop screen. The reason you are doing this, the “Why” to your journey. Let’s start there.
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