Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool
I was CLUELESS about homeschooling years ago. It seemed like something “strange” people did with their kids.
My, my–how life has changed.
But even after I decided to give homeschooling a try–it was kind of tough to figure out HOW. I felt as though I was floundering in a dark wilderness without a flashlight.
In case you’re considering homeschooling and need help getting started–I thought I’d put together an overview of links that consolidate information in one place.
This way you can spend an hour or two reading a few articles to get a grasp on the topic. Then you can take it from there.
I wrote this article for Parents.com, which gives a quick summary of the history of homeschooling and specifics of how families make homeschooling work.
Deciding if homeschooling is right for you
Misha wrote this excellent post for those trying to figure out if homeschooling would be a good fit for their family.
Finding resources and curricula
Another article I wrote for Parents.com, this piece gives a summary of educational philosophies, important legal details, and mentions some of the largest curriculum publishers.
HSLDA was started by a group of lawyers in the 1980s. This handy map I’ve linked to allows you to find your state and read about the laws in your area and what is required to legally homeschool there. They have a separate page with international information, too.
Your Local Community
I suggest searching for a local Facebook Group. Just type “Homeschooling in California” or wherever your location is into the group search, then you’ll be able to filter through the options that appear.
This can help you get connected and find out what’s happening for homeschoolers at your local level.
* I got my first introduction to homeschooling by attending a local conference. As a newbie to the topic, it helped me gather a lot of information in a short amount of time. Some of the biggest conferences coming up this year will be organized by Great Homeschool Conventions. (sponsor)
A quick read
I wrote a short ebook called Secrets of a Successful Homeschool Mom.
It’s an easy starting point on the journey of releasing some of the stereotypes we may hold about education, which helps when considering an alternative path like homeschooling.
The best part is that the ebook is free to subscribers of this blog! Head here to find out how you can get your free copy.
How to Homeschool Made Easy
It’s easy to get sucked into the vortex of the Internet when researching homeschooling (or any issue, for that matter.) One click leads to another and before you realize it hours have passed you by.
I hope the links above streamline the process for you, and please know that if you do choose to give homeschooling a try, our team will always be here at Simple Homeschool to help!
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