The 6 Steps to Start Homeschooling Roadmap
Woo-hoo, it's finally here: the Start Homeschooling Roadmap!
Are you just getting going with homeschooling?
Seven years ago, I was quickly overwhelmed by the amount of preparation and research I needed to do to get started with our homeschool. However, over the years I’ve realized that while you could spend years researching everything, there are a only few basic steps you need to take in order to really kickoff homeschooling.
Follow these 5 simple steps to get your basic homeschool framework built.
Once you have these basics down, you can actually get started teaching your children at home! Don’t forget to throw your first day of school party!
Start by printing my roadmap notes page to help you keep track of all this info.
Be sure to download the Homeschooling Roadmap Guide to take notes as you go through the steps. Focus on these basic steps and don’t get sucked too far down the homeschooling rabbit hole (I’m looking at you, Pinterest!)
Let's get started by looking at the laws in your state & filing your intent to enroll.
- Here's a handy map that shows homeschool laws by state in the US. Write them down on your roadmap guide. Note what types of records you need to keep and if you need to arrange standardized testing.
- If you need to file an intent to enroll, you can print one from HSLDA ($), Confessions of a Homeschooler created one, or you can reach out to your local school district.
- We have a designated homeschool coordinator at our local school district. She sent and accepted a simple Intent to Homeschool form via e-mail. Try reaching out to your district!
There are many "styles" of education. Let's explore to find the ones you identify with the most.
Remember, you don't have to fit in any one single style. Write down the ones that stand out to you. Take pieces from all of the ones you like. You're totally allowed to be a Montessori loving kind-of-unschooly parent. Classical with a Waldorf spin? Sure!
The Homeschool Mom breaks it down nicely.
So does Time 4 Learning.
It's important to know your child's learning style because it can help you teach them better. It can also help you to pick out curriculum. If you know that your child is a kinesthetic learner, chances are, they'll do better with math if it involves manipulatives. Auditory learners might love a language arts program that involves singing.
Cathy Duffy has a great book and website to help choose curriculum. See if you can find a print copy of 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. It has a great chart with interactive questions to help you find your child's learning style.
You'll now want to think about how you want to structure your days.
The level of scheduling and planning you do is up to you.
Maybe you're a Type A person who needs the whole year planned to the page number. Maybe you'd rather go with the flow and document after the fact (that's me).
Either way, consider your regular commitments and build your homeschool schedule around them.
The beauty of homeschooling is flexibility. Working parents can school in the evenings, weekends, or year around for less time each day.
If you want to make a quick and easy schedule like the one pictured above, check out my 5 minute weekly schedule tutorial.
The Big Fat Secular Planner gets great reviews.
Here's my Unit Study outline I created to organize monthly studies.
Look into Loop Scheduling for the extra fun stuff you can't seem to fit in regularly.
You made it! You've covered the basics and are ready to actually get started homeschooling!
I like start the year simply, easing into more and more subjects but starting with just a couple of core subjects until we're in a good rhythm.
Remember to throw a first day of homeschool party.
Be sure to document your time, wins, fails, and upcoming tasks.
Homeschooling is never ending. It's a constant source of new opportunities, ideas, and chances to adapt and grow.
We all have amazing days and awful days. Brush off the bad ones and try something new.
Before your know it, you'll be a homeschooing pro.
I wish you all the best on your homeschooling journey!