How to Start Homeschooling
Congratulations! You’ve decided to start homeschooling! If you’re feeling a mix of excitement and apprehension, don’t worry—that’s totally normal. After all, the decision to homeschool is an important commitment and responsibility, but the rewards are incredible. Is it a big undertaking? YES! However, it’s also the start of an amazing journey for your family. And we’re here to help with any questions you have along the way!
Before You Start Homeschooling
The first step is, of course, to shop for school supplies, right? ☺ However, before you jump into scouring the back-to-school sales, it’s essential to take some time to research and explore the requirements for homeschooling in your state. Just do a web search for “homeschool laws and requirements for [insert state name]” and you’ll be on your way! Since every state is different, you’ll want to be sure you’re in compliance with all requirements right from the start.
With that taken care of, invest some time in expanding your vision of what homeschooling can look like. Additionally, remember that it doesn’t have to look like public school. In fact, trying to make a homeschool function like a public school is a major cause of burnout among homeschooling families. Instead, embrace the freedom that comes from learning in the home environment and structure your homeschool to be its authentic best—not a carbon copy of “traditional” school.
8 Tips for New Homeschoolers
In some ways, you’ll find that homeschooling is both easier and harder than you might think. However, fear not! Here are some tried-and-true tips to help you get started on the path to success!
Find out what motivates your child. Every child is unique, and you’ll want to tailor the educational experience to maximize motivation.
Understand your family’s personalities and dynamics. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time together, it may take some time to discover which educational programs and curricula resonate with each member of your family. For instance, you might be teaching multiple children, including preschoolers and older kids, or you might have a child who struggles with learning. Therefore, take all the time you need to explore and discover what works best.
Consider a simple schedule. Don’t be scared! This doesn’t have to be complicated or strict. You don’t even have to follow it every day. However, it can be very helpful to have a general guideline to structure your days. Many kids thrive on a predictable schedule that they can count on, so ponder the possibilities for your family.
Stay organized. Don’t be scared of this one, either! Organization doesn’t have to be time-consuming, intimidating, or stressful. In fact, staying organized just makes things easier on a day-to-day basis. To get started, take a look at our list of helpful organizational tools for homeschoolers.
Be consistent. Start small and take baby steps, because they all add up. A consistent effort each day, however imperfect, adds up significantly over time and is where progress is made. Remember, kids tend to love consistency just as much as they love schedules.
Enjoy learning! When you teach your children to love learning, you’re opening unlimited doors and opportunities for them to explore and enjoy the topics they find personally fascinating all through their lives. Moreover, it’s a gift that keeps on giving forever!
Be the teacher your child needs.Reinforce the positive, listen to your child, and avoid comparisons … those are just some ways you can be the teacher your child needs.
Find support and encouragement. Local homeschooling groups are a great way to form friendships with other homeschooling families, while online support groups are a 24/7 source of encouragement, tips, and advice.
Looking for Homeschooling Resources?
We have LOTS of ready-to-print games and activities for you to download right now! We’ve also included some helpful articles for teaching language arts skills and concepts. So, grab a few of these resources and let the learning (and fun!) begin! As always, if you have any questions as you start homeschooling, feel free to contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skills Review for Reading and Spelling
- Build language skills with fun games like Boggle, Headbanz, Apples to Apples Junior, and more!
- Celebrate the seasons with stories and activities from All About Reading Levels 1-4 in our winter, spring, summer, and fall reading bundles.
- Explore even more reading review activities from All About Reading Levels 1-4 with our Reading Activity Bundle.
- “Eat” some Banana Splits: a game with compound words.
- Have a Popcorn Party! with this fun spelling review game.
- Practice three-letter prefixes, simple CVC words, and more with Word Flippers.
- Practice reading and spelling words with our Drag Race Review Game.
- Check out this treasure trove of pirate-themed reading and spelling activities. Arrrr!
- Try these 19 Activities for Kinesthetic Learning for learning that sticks!
- Create some kinesthetic writing practice with these DIY Salt Trays.
- Practice the letters and letter combinations (phonograms) that make up the English language with these review games and activities: Try Not to Moo!, Swatting Phonograms, Phonogram Jungle Bingo, and Fun with Phonograms. Check out our free Phonogram Sounds App!
Reading and Spelling Teaching Tips
Please note that some of the activities listed above may need to be adapted for use with your child’s reading or spelling program.
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