How To Start Homeschooling

You’ve decided that homeschooling your children is the right choice for your family – but how do you start?

In this guide, I’ll walk you through what you need to know to get started.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • The benefits of homeschooling
  • Are you even capable of homeschooling?
  • What are the legal requirements?
  • How to set up your homeschool classroom
  • How to plan your homeschool day?
  • Homeschool teaching styles
  • Homeschool learning styles
  • Homeschool stats

Let’s dive in.

Benefits of Homeschooling

The benefits of homeschooling are immense. The top three I see for homeschool are freedom, being able to impart your worldview, and the higher achievement that homeschool students reach.

The freedom to set a learning schedule that fits your family life and the needs of your children is huge. Also being able to impart your worldview allows you to teach your values and beliefs in a nurturing, healthy environment.

And don’t forget the fact that homeschool students tend to learn and retain more than their public school friends. This results in much higher scores in standardized tests and a higher graduation rate.

Are you capable of homeschooling?

The short answer – YES! Always remember, you know your children better than any school educator. You know their interests, what their strengths are and where their weaknesses lie.

You are more than capable of homeschooling your children. With the abundance of resources available to homeschool parents, along with a supportive community, you’ll have everything you need to help your children thrive.

Legal Requirements of Homeschooling

This part of homeschooling puts a lot of parents off, but it doesn’t have to. Yes, depending on your State, you may have to jump through a few hoops to start homeschooling – don’t let that stop you.

There are some great organizations set up, like HSLDA, to help you comply with all the homeschool legal requirements your State requires.

I’ve created a guide that details the legal requirements, as well as a place for you to check the legal requirements of  homeschooling for your State.

Setting Up Your Homeschool Classroom

Setting up your homeschool classroom doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t need expensive equipment or all new furniture to create an environment of learning in your home.

However, there are ways to set up your homeschool classroom that keep you and your children organized and engaged in the lessons.

Start with the basics in the beginning, then add to it as you see areas that could use improvement.

Planning Your Homeschool Day

Planning your homeschool day, week, month, and year may make you a little nervous.

Which subjects do I need to teach?

How long should I teach each lesson?

Is there a specific order I teach the lessons in?

Fortunately, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

There are many different ways to structure your homeschool teaching schedule and plan your homeschool day that gives you ultimate flexibility and makes the learning fun and engaging.

Homeschool Learning Styles

Learning styles may not have been something you’ve even considered, but students learn in many different ways.

They could be visual learners, get more from a hands-on approach (kinesthetic learner), or maybe they learn best by being out in nature.

In a separate guide, I lay out the eight main learning styles and how to structure your lessons to take full advantage of your child’s main learning style.

Homeschool Teaching Styles

It can be a little intimidating when you first get started homeschooling because you might question whether you have the skill to teach the material to your children so they actually learn and retain it.

Again, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel here. I’ve created a detailed guide on the best homeschool teaching styles you can incorporate into your homeschool classroom.

The great part is – you don’t have to just pick one and stick with it. It’s best if you approach your teaching using multiple different teaching styles based on the child and the lesson.

Don’t stress – you don’t have to be a certified teacher to understand and use these teaching styles.

Once you read the guide, you’ll see opportunities to use them to get the most out of your teaching.

Homeschool Stats

When parents first start homeschooling, there’s usually a lingering thought in the back of their head.

Are my children going to fall behind or not be able to achieve as well as their public school friends?

I’m here to tell you – not only will they NOT fall behind, but according to the latest homeschool data, they will actually fare better across the board.

According to the National Education Research Institute (NHERI), homeschoolers typically score 15-30% higher than public school students on standardized tests.

Boys that are homeschooled perform better on reading tests by a margin of 44%. And homeschoolers typically score above average on their college admissions tests.

So if you’re worried about your children’s achievement as a homeschooler, don’t be. They will do great – and so will you!

Let’s Recap

To take a deeper dive into these topics, I’ve written a guide for each one of these areas. This information will give you everything you need to start homeschooling successfully.