Homeschooling Basics

Homeschooling Basics
10 Tips for Getting Started Homeschooling

Beverly Hernandez
Updated July 25, 2019
When you’re new to homeschooling, the logistics can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful time. These homeschooling basics will help you have your homeschool up and running as stress-free as possible.

1. Make the Decision to Homeschool
Making the decision to homeschool can be difficult and is not one to be made lightly. As you are deciding if homeschooling is right for you, consider factors such as:

The time commitment
The pros and cons of homeschooling based on your family’s needs
Your spouse and child’s opinions about homeschooling
There are many factors that go into deciding to homeschool and many are unique to your family’s specific needs.

Talk to other homeschooling families in person or online. Consider attending a homeschool support group meeting or find out if the groups in your area offer events for new homeschooling families. Some groups will pair families with an experienced mentor or host Q&A nights.

2. Understand Homeschool Laws
It is important to know and follow the homeschool laws and requirements of your state or region. Although homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, some are more heavily regulated than others, particularly if your child is a certain age (6 or 7 to 16 or 17 in most states) or has already been enrolled in public school.

Make sure that you understand what is required of you to withdraw your child from school (if applicable) and begin homeschooling. If your child has not been in school, make sure you know the age by which you must notify your state that you will be educating at home.


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