Do one of these options describe you?
1) You’re thinking about homeschooling your child(ren).
2) You just started homeschooling and are elbows-deep in curriculum research.
If so, keep reading (or watch the video below) to learn three things you need to do before you shop for homeschool curriculum.
This post is Part 2 in the Ready Set Homeschool series.
Watch the video below, or keep scrolling to read the post.
1) Learn your local homeschool regulations.
Every region has homeschool laws and regulations that need to be observed by home educators. You can do a simple internet search with your state/country/region and “homeschool laws” to learn which regulations apply to you.
In many regions, you will need to notify your local public school district of your intent to homeschool. Your local public school district likely has a homeschool office that you can contact.
2) Learn your rights.
It is important to know your local homeschool regulations to make sure your family is in compliance. It is also important to know your rights as a home educator. We homeschoolers enjoy a lot of freedom and flexibility, but we need to be aware of the laws so that we know if/when the government is within or out of bounds. Get information and resources from a homeschool legal advocacy group called HSLDA here: www.hslda.org.
3) Learn your students.
One of the most important things you can do when preparing to homeschool is to learn your students. The beauty of homeschooling is that you can tailor your child’s education to their natural bent, goals, interests, and learning style(s).
Homeschooling also allows for you to meet your family’s scheduling needs. Some families block off the morning hours for school, while others block off the afternoon or early evening. Others use the weekends to complete assignments. There is no one-size-fits-all homeschool style or schedule. Make it make sense for your family.
Take time to observe your child’s natural rhythm and learning style. Hands-on learners will not likely be motivated to complete workbooks. Some students prefer traditional learning methods, with textbooks and the like.
Also–consider your teaching style as well. You don’t need textbooks and blackboards to teach your children. You may be more of a facilitator, learning and experiencing alongside your kids rather than dictating facts to them.
Now that you’ve learned your local homeschool regulations, you know your rights, and you’re learning your kids–you’re almost ready to start shopping for curriculum.
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