New to Homeschooling
Our members are current homeschoolers. Homeschooling is an educational choice in which the parent/guardian takes both the practical and legal responsibility for all aspects of their child's education. This includes choosing your child's course of study and the materials you will use, teaching the material, checking students' work, and assigning grades.
If you are beginning the journey of homeschooling your children, know these things:
- Yourself - Evaluate yourself and be realistic about your teaching and discipline styes, your strengths, and your weaknesses. Don't be afraid to ask for help - we all needed advice in one area or another!
- Your Child - Every child has their own unique style of learning. Study your children to find out what motivates them, how they best learn, what is their best and worst time of day, etc. Children change, so what works one year (or day) may or may not work the next. Be flexible. One of the biggest benefits of homeschooling is your ability to "tailor-make" your curriculum to fit the needs of each specific child.
- Homeschooling - Any new venture requires research. Learn about teaching methods, learning styles, homeschool terminology, and curriculum. You can't know it all, but seek to have a working knowledge of the process and available resources. (Check out "Homeschooling 101")
- Laws pertaining to Homeschooling in the state you live - Familiarize yourself with current state laws at hslda.org.
Often classes for a specific subject are taught by someone other than the child’s parent. For example, someone else may teach science, advanced mathematics, theater, Spanish, or piano. This is a common, legitimate, and philosophically agreeable practice in the context of homeschooling. It is also common for a group of families to develop more elaborate systems of helping one another homeschool such as co-ops or homeschool programs such as HELP Homeschool.