Here is something I read on Facebook.
I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about what parents are thinking about for their kids for the fall. If you are considering some kind of home education setting for your children but don’t know where to start, here are some ideas.
1. Pray! Ask God for wisdom and guidance in this process.
2. Decide why you want to do this and for how long. If you plan to go back to public school, that will impact your decision-making.
3. Decide if you want to do public school at home (such as K12 or Connections Academy) or homeschooling. They are not the same.
4. If homeschooling, find out what your state laws are, including what subjects you have to teach. Decide what you want to add to that (we add Bible, for example.)
5. Learn what the basic homeschooling styles are so when you hear about them you have an idea of what they are. Some of the popular ones are classical, unit studies, traditional, Charlotte Mason, and unschooling.
6. Pick a curriculum. If you can match it to your preferred homeschool style, great! But if not, it’s really okay. You won’t ruin your kids. If you need a starting place, some of my favorite publishers are Abeka (kindergarten), Bright Ideas Press, Memoria Press, Saxon (math), and Well-Trained Mind, and I get great ideas and inspiration from Ambleside Online. I also have heard great things about Sonlight, My Father’s World, Heart of Dakota, and MasterBooks. If you are looking for an online class, consider True North Homeschool Academy.
7. Don’t feel like you have to jump into a homeschooling group. Groups can be great, but they can also make you feel like you have to do things a certain way when you are finding your footing as a homeschool family. If you want to build relationships, consider a play group or one focused on extra-curriculars. Also check into scouting groups like Trail Life or American Heritage Girls.
8. Consider “deschooling” for a while, especially if you decide to homeschool in the middle of the year, to take a break from where you were and get ready mentally to shift into where you are going.
9. Give it a try! Jump in and just do it! Don’t be afraid to change course midyear if what you chose just isn’t working, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Most of all, enjoy your children and the process of learning together.