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How to Start Homeschooling: Introduction

Homeschooling your child can feel a bit overwhelming at first. Homeschooling is an alternative kind of schooling that does not have a standardized set of guidelines and curriculum.

Teaching your child at home enables him to learn in a relaxed and loving environment.

Before we share some advice on how to start homeschooling, we would first like to discuss the unsung benefits of teaching your child at home.

Academic research shows that home-schooled children surpass both their private and public-school peers in all academic areas. Your child won’t have to worry about bullying in school or even gun violence, which has unfortunately grown rampant.

If your children are schooled at home, there is less of a chance that alcohol or drug addiction will affect them.

According to a study conducted by the National Center for Substance Abuse, five million high schoolers – about 31% of all high-school students- say that they “binge drink” at least once a month. A teenager who starts drinking at age 15 is four times more likely to become alcohol dependent than one who waits until the legal age to drink.

Add to these statistics the large number of children who abuse inhalants, street drugs, and other intoxicants. If your child is home-schooled, chances of him or her succumbing to peer pressure, mockery, or name-calling are also very low. Children of all kinds can be better schooled at home without exposure to the humiliation and teasing they might find at formal high schools.

Are these reasons enough to provide a homeschool experience for your child? If so, how should you begin?

How to Start Homeschooling? The Steps

Below are some steps you need to follow in order to start your homeschooling journey.

Locate the Local Homeschool Support Group

Before you let your child start homeschooling, try to join a local homeschool group run by parents or guardians. There you can obtain any important phone numbers and addresses of tutors and parents who are schooling their kids at home successfully. Be sure to locate your nearest support group and contact them for all your queries.

Join a Collective Forum for Likeminded Individuals

Join a “getting started” forum on homeschoolers where you can post your questions and get them answered promptly and accurately. These forums can be helpful for parents like you who want to begin their child’s homeschooling journey.

Subscribe to a Homeschool Magazine

You may want to read a magazine on the topic before you start homeschooling your child.

Reading articles may prove to be useful to mentally prepare for elementary and middle school studies, even while your child is still in preschool.

You can find a lot of useful tips on how to get started with home-schooling for your child all in one place.

Purchase “How-to” Books on Homeschooling

It is best to buy books written by veteran homeschoolers with demonstrated success. These books are by professional writers who have expertise in home-schooling children.

You might need to read quite a few books to understand how the entire process of home-schooling works. Although you might not become an expert right away, books written by professionals help you garner perspective on this topic.

Check Out the Online Curriculum Providers

Browse through online websites where you can find all kinds of software resources, school subjects, and curricula that have great workbooks and educational games.

You can find a range of workbooks for kindergarten to 8th-grade curriculum books at ArgoPrep. Find the latest educational toys in the nearby store to augment learning at home.

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Attend the Curriculum Fair and Join the Social Media Channels

Join the notable homeschool conventions and curriculum fairs online, and follow threads on social media to keep up with academic topics. Attending a homeschool convention offers great exposure for you and your child if you are just beginning your journey.

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It is important to remember that your homeschooling philosophy should fit with the organizations you join.

Homeschool tutors, parents, and learners have access to a staggering number of resources. Make sure to scrutinize the number of resources available to ensure you choose what works best for you and your family.

You can find news or inspiration on schooling your child at home on Facebook. Joining the respective online home-school communities provides a better sense of the curriculum.

Look at Specific Regulations in Your State

The state, not the federal government, regulates homeschooling. Therefore, you must look at the specific and mandatory regulations specific to where you live.

Some states consider homeschools to be private schools and regulate them in similar ways. Other states have specific homeschool statutes with no legal regulations at all.

Try not to get confused with legalities. Make sure you comply with your state’s code. Local and state home-school groups can offer guidance on the subject.

Locate the Nearest Community of Homeschoolers

Before you start homeschooling, you should find sources of encouragement and support. Though assistance in a virtual environment can be helpful, it is crucial that you are able to meet up in person with other families and participate in field trips, classes, and co-ops.

Avoiding isolation is key for you and your child to attain homeschool success. You should aim to get connected early on to reduce the newbie anxieties!

Never Recreate the Formal School at Home

It is best to not attempt to recreate the formal environment of the school at home. With homeschooling, you can do away with the institutional setting and learn more about what best works for your family.

First, consider how your children learn. Since your home is not a school, it most likely will not have the same rigid structure and ambiance. Often, children have a far richer learning experience amongst family and friends.

Make sure to take the time to help your child through a period of deschooling, especially if your child has attended a public school.

Both you and your child should anticipate an adjustment period before homeschooling can comfortably begin.

To benefit from homeschooling, help your child let go of school culture and embrace styles of education that are flexible and different.

How to Start Homeschooling?: Conclusion

In order to be the

teacher you can be, you need to adequately prepare. Your hard work will provide first-rate schooling for your child and ensure that he or she is better equipped for high school and college!

 

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