I’m assuming that you are thinking about homeschooling… maybe you’ve been discouraged with your children’s education for a long time… maybe you’ve just realized that things aren’t working. In any case… January is just as good a time to start as any!! …and from what I understand you can start homeschooling whenever you choose in any of the 50 United States.
I’ve noticed over the years that many people take the homeschool plunge in January. I know, some of you might think… Really? Well, it’s not so weird when you stop to think about what they might have gone through last fall. Usually, those who start in January have just endured something that causes them to not put off homeschooling another minute! In fact, you may be one of those… and that’s great! Just settle in and take a peek at how “do-able” this is.
First things first…
Before you start any endeavor that requires and entire family change, I would exhort you to take time to completely discuss it together as a family. It’s good to move ahead only when everyone is on the same page. Also, spend time in prayer. If this is what God has for you, let Him lead as you make decisions and changes.
Now that you’re letting God lead, and your family is behind this decision – Let’s GO!
- Check with your state guidelines for homeschooling to see that you have complied with everything that is expected
- Take time to find out how your children learn. Ask their previous teachers, sit down with them and do a few “worksheets” or watch an educational video. Perhaps you could even find a few online homeschool sites and try them out. Discover how they learn! (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic or hands on)
- Decide on how you want to homeschool. If you are new to this you might want to start with something that does most of the work for you like an all-in-one curriculum or perhaps an online homeschool program.
- Research the different curriculum options that fit your child’s learning needs as well as the needs of family
- Purchase the curriculum
- Set learning goals for your children – what do you want to accomplish this year?
- Set your schedule – decide on how many days that you want to homeschool and then divide up the lessons and assignments to reach your goals in the allotted amount of time. Don’t make it too structured… in some cases this just sets you and the kids up for frustration. Make a loose schedule, it’s easier to stick with!
- Set a side a place where your kids can learn comfortably.
- Take a deep breath… and
- Get learning!!