Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool
I was CLUELESS about homeschooling several 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 a year ago, and it 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 these excellent posts two years ago 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 1980’s. 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.
* 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.
A quick read
I wrote a short ebook called Secrets of a Successful Homeschool Mom. It’s a 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.
Find out how to homeschool (in less than 2 hours) – a free printable
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.
For those of you looking to get the info you most need and head on your merry way, I’ve put together a one page printable that takes you through the links I think most valuable, allowing you to learn how to homeschool in under two hours.
Many of the steps only take 15 or 20 minutes–so you can spread them out over a period of days or go through them all at once.
If you found this post helpful, check out Jamie’s new book, Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy.
Originally published on January 14, 2013
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