HomeSchooling...Where to Start?
Updated: Jul 22, 2020
So many families are currently considering homeschooling and regardless of their reasons, I've noticed fellow Mamas, Daddys & Guardians / CareTakers becoming absolutely overwhelmed with all that involves homeschooling.
I truly love and enjoy homeschooling and I want to help, I don't want families to feel so overwhelmed that they abandon their natural instincts and wants to be a part of their children's education.
So if you're feeling called to homeschool and want to figure out your first step I would recommend starting with searching your state's laws. Every state is different and some require you to submit an affidavit stating your intentions, submit yearly student work, or participate in standardized state testing.
"Hey Girl, where'd you buy that? Where can I find that? How do you know if? Isn't that expensive? So I can just print it? Is this legal? Am I going to get in trouble for doing this? Do I need to have a homeschool room? Should I buy a table or a single desk? What about posters? Do I need a chalkboard? Will the small Target whiteboards do?"...and all of a sudden you have $350 in your target cart and another $200 in your Amazon one.
Let's slow it down, this might be a new idea or lifestyle for you and hey, I've been there too! Homeschool rooms are so pretty on Instagram and YouTube and the bar is set pretty high by some people but that bar has nothing to do with me, my family, or yours! Once you get passed that and realize that everyone's homeschool journey will look different and you become okay with being different then that's when you're ready to homeschool.
Homeschooling isn't about how big and beautiful your schoolroom is, what fancy decor, furniture, books or toys fill it, it's not even about the curriculum you do or don't choose to have. Homeschooling is about reclaiming or adding even more purpose to your fleeing time with your students. It's about family, adventure, exploring, making mistakes, and learning how to correct them. It's about freedom, and individually tailored learning, filled with everything the student/family loves and nothing they don't. As parents/teachers homeschooling is also about unlearning and letting go of pressures so that we can follow our natural instincts and become the best parents/teachers for our children.
So if you're feeling called to homeschool and want to figure out your first step I would recommend starting with searching your state's laws. Every state is different and some require you to submit an affidavit stating your intentions, submit yearly student work or participate in standardized state testing.
If you live in California as I do, then you should know children age 6 and up, are legally required to be schooled, a filed affidavit is required for homeschooling, and attendance must be documented as well as curricula being taught.
As a second step, especially for families leaving a public or private school system I would recommend for you to take some time, a couple of weeks at least, to learn how your student learns, and where their true interests lie. Once you've figured out if their visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners then you can better decide which curriculum to purchase/create or maybe you want to UnSchool and I'll have another post coming soon with more on that topic and others including co-ops, and charters.
If you're still feeling overwhelmed, I welcome you to search on Google and YouTube and of course to pick up a book or two about homeschooling, gathering all the information you can so you can make the best decision for your family...A book I just started reading myself and completely agree with is The Call of the Wild and Free by Ainsley Arment.
It's natural to stress about something new, especially when it regards our children that we instinctively want to protect and do the best for, but please don't stress about this. I truly believe homeschooling is just parenting continued and we have all the answers within us and the beautiful minds of our children.
Take it slow.
You'll figure it out.
I'm cheering for you.