Homeschooling - Getting Started!
So you’ve made the decision to homeschool your children!
Don't worry! Hundreds of families have traveled this road before you and have left a wealth of information for you to learn from. Here’s some helpful information to get you started:
1. Read, read, read!
There is so much information in the library as well as online.
2. Talk to parents that are currently homeschooling!
There are many homeschool support groups in this area, where parents can get ideas, share knowledge and curriculum. Some support groups, like H.E.A.R.T., offer field trips, social events, academic fairs, and athletic events. Contact the group leaders in your area and plan to attend a meeting. It's a good idea to visit several support groups to find the one that best fits the needs of your family. Get connected and stay connected! It’s the best way to get all the information you’ll need.
3. Know the Florida Law!
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states but laws vary from state to state. Your local support group or the Florida Parent Educator Association (FPEA) can offer you information. Most groups have a packet of information they make available for new homeschoolers. The FPEA offers a free GUIDE TO HOMESCHOOLING IN FLORIDA. For your convenience, we have provided a link to this great resource on our Home Page! Click on FPEA!
4. Choose a teaching method and/or curriculum.
There are so many options available; this can be an overwhelming task! Don’t let it be! We encourage you to get connected with a support system FIRST and use those families that are already homeschooling as your springboard to researching methods and curriculums. From daily lessons prepared for you to designing your own curriculum, there’s something out there for everyone! Talking to other homeschooling parents is a great way to find out what each curriculum is like. Many catalogs offer reviews and detailed explanations of curriculum as well as free samples for you to review!
5. Visit the Homeschool Legal Defense Association!
We encourage you to visit the http://www.hslda.org website where you can read their information regarding home education and the law. Another great resource for beginners!