The 6 Steps to Start Homeschooling Roadmap

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 6 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! 

You can download the Homeschooling Roadmap Guide to take notes as you go through the steps. It will help you keep track of all the info.

homeschool notes guide

Got the guide?  Here we go!  Focus on these basic steps and try not to get sucked too far down the homeschooling rabbit hole (I’m looking at you, Pinterest!)

Let’s get started: 6 Simple Steps to Start Homeschooling


Legalities
homeschooling sunflowers

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!

Here’s a simple attendance form. 


Many ways to teach
kids backpacks

 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.


How your child learns

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. 

Try to take a few quizzes to determine your child’s preferred learning styles. It also helps to known your own and see how they differ from your child’s! 

I like this one from HomeschoolOn.

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 chart with interactive questions to help you find your child’s learning style.


The Great Curriculum Search
Various curriculum book covers

It’s time to find curriculum!

Did you decide to give Unschooling or Unit Studies a go? In that case; you can skip the Great Curriculum Search all together! 

Or maybe you’ll use curriculum for just a few subjects? The choice is yours!  

If you want pre-made curriculum choices: here’s a few fantastic resources.

Up Above the Rowan Tree Secular Homeschool List

Steamsational Secular HS list

Cathy Duffy’s Top 101 Picks

This post of mine shows a formula to search for exactly what type of curriculum you want.


Planning & Scheduling
homeschool planner

How do 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.

Look into Loop Scheduling for the extra fun stuff you can’t seem to fit in regularly. 

Many folks like to use Trello, an online checklist that allows you to move things around easily.

There’s HomeschoolPlanet.com that is online based and has many curricula you can plug right in ($) and it plans out each lesson for you. 


Ready, Set, Go!
School Supplies Back to Home School Sign

You made it! You’ve covered the basics and are ready to start teaching!

I like start the year simply; easing into more and more subjects as the weeks go on. 

I begin with just a couple of core subjects until we’re in a good rhythm. Once we have a handle on the basics, I add in the other stuff.

Remember to throw a first day of homeschool party!

Now is a great time to start a quick portfolio to keep track of all those papers.

Be sure to document your attendance and time spent learning.

Write down the wins, fails, and upcoming tasks.

(We all have amazing days and awful days. Brush off the bad ones and try something new.)

Before you know it, you’ll be a homeschooling pro. 

I wish you all the best on your homeschooling journey!

Did this guide help you see the big picture?

Once you know your laws and preferred teaching styles then you can more easily sort through the thousands of curriculum options. 

Once you have these basics down, you can actually get started teaching your children at home! 

Homeschooling is never ending. It’s a constant source of new opportunities, ideas, and chances to adapt and grow. There will be amazing days and super hard days. Keep at it and enjoy your sweet babes! Chances are, they’re learning more each day than you could have imagined!

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