How to Start Homeschooling: A Roundup of Ideas




It's that time of year when many people contemplate homeschool.  

Last week I shared some silly homeschool fears with you, so when I tell you I understand the emotions you are having as you contemplate homeschool, I REALLY DO.   

Over the past four years I've learned a lot of the ins and out of homeschool.

I am eager to share what I know about how to start homeschooling.      

Rather than reinvent the wheel, I will simply share with you some great resources I have found.    There is much good advice here.   The links below are few, but pack a punch! 

Helpful Posts About Beginning Homeschooling:

How to Homeschool:  Six Ways to Get Started (from Stacie at Motherhood on a Dime)

Four Reason You Don't Need to Be a Teacher to Homeschool  (Penelope Trunk speaks the truth!)

Homeschooling 101:  How to Get Started Homeschooling (from SheKnows)

How to Get Started Homeschooling (from Habits For a Happy Home)

How to Homeschool:  Links to Get You Started (from Simple Homeschool)

How to Get Started Homeschooling (from Confessions of a Homeschooler)


Helpful Homeschool Books:

Educating The Wholehearted Child

The Well Trained Mind

Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series (all 6 volumes for Kindle - only $.99!)

For The Children's Sake:  Foundations of Education for Home and School

A Pocketful of Pinecones (some great inspiration for new and seasoned homeschool parents)

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child

*Take advantage of this week's ebook bundle - it's all about homeschooling.  Featured are 5 ebooks for $7!    Click the image to learn more - there is a lot of great advice here for a good price.   (The deal goes live at 8 a.m. Monday morning.), 5 eBooks for $7.40!


It's About Relationship

I cannot stress enough the importance of being in relationship with other homeschooling moms/families.

Three big ways I have done this:


  • Join a local homeschool association/co-op
  • Find a homeschool friendly church
  • Get to know moms online - never underestimate the power of the internet!  


I have been blessed to have a couple of mentors along this journey.  From sharing their philosophies with me, to willing me their homeschool books when their children graduate (yes, they really do graduate!), the knowledge I have gained from these women is HUGE.  


 Just DO IT

When all else fails, and you just feel LED to homeschool, go ahead and DO IT!  

Yes, my husband and I researched, but very little.  We just took the leap, and trusted God to take care of the rest.  

He has, and in abundance.


It is my hope that every family could experience the joys of homeschooling.  If I can influence even just one or two families from my little corner of the internet than I've accomplished something!     


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