Ready to Homeschool? A Simple Guide to Get You Started

Are you thinking about homeschooling this year?

Embarking on the homeschooling journey can be both exhilarating and daunting for new parents. I know it was for me!Homeschooling

With the freedom to tailor your child's education, it's important to approach homeschooling with careful planning and preparation. In this blog, my hope is to share with you a few simple tips to help you get started with your educational adventure.

  1. Determine Your Educational Philosophy: Before diving into homeschooling, it's vital to understand your educational philosophy. Consider your values, goals, and preferred teaching methods. Research various approaches such as Charlotte Mason, Montessori, unschooling, or eclectic homeschooling, and choose the one that aligns with your family's beliefs and educational aspirations. This foundation will guide your decision-making throughout your homeschooling journey.
    • Charlotte Mason
    • Classical
    • Unschooling
    • Waldorf
    • Montessori
    • Eclectic Homeschooling
  2. Select a Curriculum: Choosing a curriculum is an important step in homeschooling. But be careful, because there are countless options available. It's essential to find one that suits your child's learning style and aligns with your educational philosophy. Research different curricula, explore online reviews, and consider joining homeschooling communities to gather recommendations and insights. And your going to have to be flexible, so be prepared to adjust or supplement your curriculum as needed. (It is always the math curriculum). Some of my personal favorite resources that I have used and pulled from over the years:
  3. Read: Read and seek out wisdom as you begin on your homeschooling journey. Educate yourself about various homeschooling philosophies, teaching methods, and strategies through insightful books written by experienced homeschoolers and education experts. Some recommended homeschooling books to consider are:
  4. Create a Structured Routine: Establishing a daily routine provides structure and consistency, helping your child develop good habits and a sense of security. Create a schedule that incorporates morning time, core subjects, breaks, activities, and handicrafts, and nature walks. Flexibility is a significant advantage of homeschooling, so feel free to adjust the routine based on your child's learning pace and interests.
  5. Utilize Local Resources: Homeschooling doesn't mean you're on your own. Tap into local resources to enhance your child's learning experience. Visit libraries, museums, science centers, and historical sites for hands-on learning opportunities. Seek out homeschooling co-ops, Facebook groups, or online communities where you can connect with fellow homeschoolers for advice, collaboration, and socialization opportunities for your child.
  6. Stay Organized: Organization is key to a successful homeschooling journey. Create a designated learning space and organize materials, supplies, and resources. Develop a system for tracking assignments, portfolios, and progress. Utilize digital tools and apps for scheduling, record-keeping, and educational resources. Regularly evaluate and declutter to maintain an efficient and productive learning environment.
  7. Foster Socialization: While homeschooling offers flexibility, socialization is a crucial aspect of a child's development. Engage your child in extracurricular activities, sports, art classes, or music lessons to foster social interactions and build friendships. Participate in homeschooling support groups, field trips, and local community events tailored for homeschoolers. Encourage your child to engage with peers through volunteering or joining clubs and organizations outside of homeschooling. This is something I make a priority to do in the summer. Also, be sure to check your state laws for homeschooling. Different states have different laws and it is important to stay up to date on.

Embarking on a homeschooling journey requires careful planning and preparation, but it also offers a world of possibilities for personalized education. By determining your educational philosophy, selecting a curriculum, reading, creating a routine, utilizing local resources, staying organized, and fostering socialization, you'll be well-equipped to start your homeschooling adventure confidently. Remember to embrace the flexibility and adaptability homeschooling offers as you nurture your child's educational growth.

 

 

 

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I'm Julia Mederich. My husband, Jordan, and I have three energetic boys and one sweet little girl. We are a Charlotte Mason inspired homeschooling family, and we love to learn through nature adventures, reading aloud, and playful exploration.

We live in the beautiful Northwest Wisconsin, where we take full advantage of the outdoors for our educational journeys. Whether we're hiking through the woods, exploring the lakes, or just enjoying the fresh air, we're always finding new ways to make learning an exciting adventure.

I'm thrilled you're here and hope this content inspires and supports you on your homeschooling journey. Join me as I share our experiences, tips, and resources to help you create a joyful and enriching learning environment for your family.

“Home is the nicest word there is.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

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