How To Start Homeschooling Today

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Whether there is an emergency situation at your child’s school, a medical emergency, or even a global pandemic, you may find yourself suddenly thrust into the world of homeschooling. It can seem a bit scary and you may feel you are going into uncharted waters, but rest assured, there have been many mamas who have gone down this path before you. These tips and tricks for how to start homeschooling today will make sure you’re in great shape!

How To Start Homeschooling Now

First things first, let’s talk about what you need to do to start homeschooling right now.

Get Legal

Learn your state’s laws. Each state has a different set of laws for homeschooling. Some require more paperwork from you than others. When researching homeschool laws, I highly recommend using hslda.org. They are the most up-to-date organization. Once you have a good grasp of what may be expected of you, review your state’s department of education website to verify the information you have learned.

Connect with Other Homeschoolers

Most of the time I would recommend connecting with local homeschoolers. Look online for local homeschool organizations and become part of the wider homeschool community. There are a lot of us out there, and many of us have formed groups that meet up for classes, park dates, and all kinds of things.

Do you know your child’s learning style?

Take this quiz to figure out what your child’s learning style is and begin researching curriculum choices. This can be hard because there is so much available. You don’t have to choose a specific curriculum right now. If you’re looking to begin homeschooling right now, I would take a pretty laid-back approach and make a book list, pick a subject to study with your kids, do a little unit study, and continue researching curriculum until you’re satisfied with your choice before purchasing.

Do you need to choose a homeschool style?

If you’ve been researching homeschooling for sometime, you’ll find there are a variety of homeschool styles out there. In short, no you don’t need to immediately choose a style to begin homeschooling. Many of us find that we are actually eclectic and borrow parts from several homeschool styles in our homeschool. Take your time, do your research.

Deschooling

Your home won’t run like a classroom. It just can’t. Many parents who pull their children from school will need to go through a period of deschooling. During this time you will find a new rhythm for your life at home. This is a great time to just read, do simple arts and crafts projects, and connect with your child while you spend time researching curriculum options.

Choose Curriculum

Once you are confident in a curriculum choice, make your purchase and get to work. As a new homeschooler, I really appreciated a boxed curriculum like My Father’s World, and an open and go curriculum like The Good and the Beautiful. 

How Long Does It Take to Start Homeschooling?

You can start homeschooling right away. You’ve always been your child’s first teacher, so it doesn’t take long to become a homeschooler. It may take a few weeks to develop a homeschool routine, but it will come to you and your family. Do take your time selecting curriculum and researching reviews. Curriculum is often a big expense, so you need to choose something you are comfortable with.

Is It Hard to Homeschool?

Ah, a loaded question! To me, it’s not hard to homeschool most of the time because it’s all I’ve known as a parent. I love that our days start off slowly rather than with a crazy morning rush. It isn’t always easy, though. We are a lot of different personalities and learning styles in one house. My kids do fight with each other, at least once a day. I get tired and need a break. So, yeah, it’s not something I would say is easy, but it’s our lifestyle and I love it.

Resources to Start Homeschooling

Let’s talk resources! I’m going to share what I personally use and also some other great resources to get you started.

For Moms of Preschoolers and Kindergartners

How To Make Preschool (and kindergarten) Lesson Plans + Free eCourse

My Homeschool Preschool Planner – 30% off with code HOME2020

Must-Have School Supplies for Preschool and Kindergarten

Preschool and Kindergarten Lesson Plans Based on Books -30% off with code HOME2020

How To Teach the Alphabet

Preschool and Kindergarten Book Lists

For Moms of Multiple-Age Children

Morning Time – Bring your children of all ages together for morning basket!

The Homeschool Garden Morning Time Plans – Perfect for moms wanting pre-made morning time plans for kids of multiple ages.

My Father’s World Curriculum – Use code SLM2020 for free ocean cookie cutters! We use this curriculum for all of our kids for bible, history, and more! Read all of my posts on My Father’s World Curriculum.

The Good and the Beautiful – Open and go, easy to implement with multiple children. Read all of my posts on The Good and the Beautiful. 

How to Homeschool Multiple Ages

For Moms Looking for Online Learning

Teaching Textbooks – Online or textbook style learning. My children use the online program for their math courses.

Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool – A FREE online curriculum resource. This is a Christian homeschool curriculum program offering courses in all subjects across all grade levels.

Unit Study.com – Find a large variety of digital unit studies for all school age children.

Free Educational Websites

PBS Kids

Make Me Genius

Starfall

The Magic School Bus

Cool Math

Xtra Math

ABCya

National Geographic Kids

The Kidz Page

Funbrain

Art for Kids Hub

Magic Treehouse

Story Starter for Kids

Seussville

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Scholastic Learn at Home

Prodigy

Kahn Academy

Squiggle Park

Storyline

Mystery Doug

Typing Club

History for Kids

Oceans Initiative Virtual Marine Biology Camp

NASA Kids Club

Code Academy

Virtual Field Trips

San Diego Zoo

Yellowstone National Park

Mars

Animal Cameras:

Virtual Farm Tour

U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL

Discovery Education

The Louvre

The Great Wall of China

Boston Children’s Museum

Italian Museums:

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