New to Homeschooling? is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Lee Ann from Character Building for Families.
So, you are planning on homeschooling your children for the very first time this fall. Congratulations! It is going to be an exciting adventure, and yes, you can do it and do it well!
When you are first starting out, the prospect of teaching your children at home can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. Remember, you have already been capably teaching your children basic life skills since the day they were born, and it came natural to you. Homeschooling is just another level, and with God’s help, you will succeed!
In this short series, we’ll take a look at a few steps to get you started, including:
- Finding out what your state’s requirements are. (Did you know that your state’s Department of Public Instructions is not always the best source of information on requirements?)
- Discovering what curricula are available, and how homeschool support groups can assist you in that. (I tend to recommend using a complete package for the core subjects from one publisher for the first year, just to keep yourself on track until you are more confident about homeschooling.)
From there, we’ll move on to classes you will need to include (and some fun electives, too!) and record-keeping made simple.
Lastly, we’ll talk about the pros and cons of homeschooling. Don’t let the “cons” scare you. They have solutions, and the “pros” far outweigh them! The benefits all have a lot to do with freedom and flexibility in areas such as:
- What your family learns and from what perspective.
- Learning at your child’s own pace.
- Being able to deal with your children’s questions about God and life on the spot — even in the middle of a math lesson!
- The ability to explore avenues of learning not offered in traditional school settings, such as learning a trade or having a home-based business.
- Tailoring your teaching to your children’s strongest learning styles.
Would you like to get the details? Continue reading this post here.
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Lee Ann Rubsam is the author of Character Building for Families, Volumes 1 & 2 and numerous other books on homeschooling, prayer, and Christian living. She homeschooled her now-grown children for 25 years and continues to mentor younger homeschool moms. Visit Lee Ann at Character Building for Families.com.