I know when you begin researching how to start homeschooling you quickly hit information overload.
There are so many questions that you have and so many directions that you could research and the pathway to understanding is not sequential. It’s really a maze of ideas that can set you off on little rabbit trails.
Will This Be Good How To Start Homeschooling Advice For You
So before I launch into a whole tonne of info about how to start homeschooling I’ll give you a quick rundown on my educational philosophy and then you can decide if I’m someone you want to listen to.
I’m a veteran homeschool mother of 4 homeschooled children. We did it for 18 years. I’ve been blogging about homeschooling for 10 years and I’m listed as a resource by NESA.
All my kids went to university without an HSC. One’s a doctor, another works in communication, one is doing their Masters in 3D Animation and the youngest is finishing off a business degree. I believe in giving kids an education that supports Christian values, but I also used many secular resources. I believe home education is an opportunity to teach children well and I believe parents need to be involved in teaching their kids. I love the ideas of Charlotte Mason and although I never met her, she was one of my mentors. If you want to know more go to my about page.
A Few Ideas On How To Start Homeschooling
It is often hard to filter information when you first begin to look into how to start homeschooling. You wonder:
- Where should I begin?
- What home school curriculum should I use?
- What home school philosophy is right for me?
- There is so much (too much) to absorb!
I used to think the best option was to present new homeschooler with all their options on how to start homeschooling.
Now my views have changed. I still believe in giving choice but I also believe that new homeschoolers benefit when you give them a how to start homeschooling guideline to work from. They can then get “the show on the road”. After their confidence builds then they can start to tweak it to suit them.
So as a help to you I have put together my….
Ten Tips On For Newbies
1. Determine your motives for homeschooling. This will affect so many of your choices.
2. Read, read and read some more. You have hundreds of options available with home schooling. Look for good overviews and try not to get bogged down in the curriculum, just yet. (Here is my favourite list of how to start homeschooling books).
3. Network with other homeschoolers. Get to know real life homeschoolers. Go to homeschooling events. Try inviting another homeschool family over you might connect with and find out what they do. Make some connections.
4. Make a simple start. Follow a basic guide at first or even a set curriculum like My Homeschool. As you get a feel for homeschooling you will become more comfortable with what you are doing and you can make changes along the way.
5. Get to know how you like to teach and how your child learns. This will help you choose a curriculum in the future.
6. Don’t worry about socialisation. Your children will be well socialized without the negative aspect of peer pressure and group think.
7. Don’t rush off and buy everything recommended. Get samples when possible. Resist the temptation to purchase your curriculum from the newsagent or book store. There are many homeschooling resources that will suit your needs better.
8. Be prepared to make some sacrifices. Homeschooling takes a considerable commitment for it to work, especially in the early days.
9. Try to take your focus off academics and on to establishing good habits and close family relationships. Academics will fall into place. Homeschooling is not school at home – it is a lifestyle.
10. Pray for wisdom.
How To Start Homeschooling FAQ
Over the years I’ve attempted to answer many new and inquiring homeschoolers’ questions here on my blog.
Here is a directory of answers to some of your frequently asked questions.
Will I Be A Good Teacher?
- Am I qualified to be a homeschool teacher?
- Answering your, “That’s Why I’ll Never Homeschool” friends!
- I’m not sure if I am smart enough to homeschool
- My child has special needs. Will I be able to help them?
- Will homeschooling be bad for my child’s development?
- Could you please recommend some how to homeschool books?
How Do I Register?
- Registration in NSW
- Registration in Queensland.
- Registration in Western Australia
- Registration in Victoria
- Registration in South Australia
- Registration in Tasmania
- Registration in Northern Territory
- Registration in Canberra
- Help with Registration
Will I Be Able To Cope?
Yes it is a sacrifice to educate your children at home. Educating children is a serious undertaking and schools are there for a reason. Education is important! But theses articles should show you how to start homeschooling without falling into some of the common traps.
- How to avoid burnout.
- Homeschooling when you are sick
- What about my life – can I still do my thing? Disadvantages of homeschooling
- Should I Homeschool – My Journey.
What On Earth Should I Teach?
If your wondering how to start homeschooling your also worried about what you are going to teach. These articles should help you.
- Do I need to follow the Australian Curriculum?
- Is there a homeschool curriculum guide?
- Homeschool Methods
Other How to Start Homeschooling Questions
Getting Organised To Homeschool
If you homeschool, getting organised is a challenge. You can buy all the curriculum and you can decide to homeschool but that’s the big picture. Now you have to actually do it and all your other responsibilities don’t just float away because you began homeschooling.
This homeschool getting organised list is big because there are so many aspects to getting organised. Pick out an article from your most pressing need and begin there. The list isn’t going away (it may even get bigger) so come back another day for another dose.
To Help You Plan
- Homeschool Planner Video. – A video on how I set up my planner
- Essentialism -Working Out How To Prioritise It All
- 20 questions to ask yourself about homeschooling
- Pretty Homeschool Planner Forms
Planning Your Curriculum
- How To Make a Homeschool Portfolio – Including a video on how my kids portfolios are set up
- Preparing Your Documentation For Registration in NSW
- Preparing Your Documentation For Registration in Queensland
- Preparing Your Documents For Registration in WA
- My Homeschool Record Keeping