7 Simple Steps to Start Homeschooling—Part 1

Stuff comes up we don’t expect. Sometimes we have to pivot on a dime. Homeschooling can work for your child. Here’s how to jump in and get going fast.

1. Connect with parents who are already homeschooling.

Could homeschooling be a good fit for your family? A conversation with experienced homeschooling parents is a great way to get your questions answered, and better understand the commitment, pros, and cons of this educational choice. Building connections and finding support make all the difference! Social media groups, your own circle of friends and acquaintances, and homeschool advocacy groups like those found here are all great ways to make connections.

2. Get to know your state’s homeschool law.

Here are some important questions you’ll want answers to. And we make it easy: click on your state here for a quick summary that answers these questions!

  • Do I have to notify my school district that I’m homeschooling?
  • Is testing required?
  • Do I have to keep records of attendance, test results, or anything else?
  • Can my child participate in sports or other activities at our local public school?
3. Explore your child’s learning preference, your teaching style, and your educational approach.

These are keys that help you find curriculum and educational approach(s) that will work for your child and you!

4. Find your child’s curriculum.

From ready-to-use complete packages to a handpicked eclectic course lineup, your options are boundless! With a little extra planning and prep, you can even take advantage of free educational resources (public or college libraries, online, borrowed, etc.).

  • Choose homeschool planning tools that work for you. Google “homeschool planner” and you’ll get a plethora.
  • Here’s a list of free or inexpensive curriculum and other great educational resources.
  • Read reviews and explore even more resources here—including complete curriculum packages.
5. Decide where you will homeschool & create your unique school schedule.

And you may want to mix it up occasionally, but starting with a routine and a clear schedule will help you and your kids be on the same page and establish good habits that will last all year long.

Here’s what three homeschool moms had to say about planning:

6. Enjoy the learning process. Plan to re-evaluate with your kids periodically and change anything that isn’t working for you.

Modelling flexibility and a growth mindset will help your children have a positive and creative approach to making things work. Keep records of each child’s progress each year.

7. Celebrate & highlight your students’ growth & achievement.

Put their best artwork, handwriting practice, essays, math pages, and best efforts on your fridge or in another prominent location.

HSLDA is here to help you start homeschooling

For a $130 membership, you can:

  • speak to an attorney who can help you understand the homeschool law in your state and answer any legal questions you have.
  • use our simple attorney-designed forms to submit state-required paperwork.
  • get personalized advice from our educational consultants about curriculum, learning challenges, adjusting from a traditional classroom to learning at home, and connecting with resources.

Experienced support, practical help, and encouraging advice—HSLDA is here for you!

This organization is the most practically helpful and encouraging resource available to homeschoolers. Our family has benefited, on numerous occasions, from legal and academic advice from the kind and professional staff at HSLDA. —Jennifer G.
I absolutely love your services! HSLDA has answered all of my questions regarding homeschooling. —Nicole B.

Learn more about membership or join today!