Saturday, January 26, 2013

Homeschooling??? Yes! You can do it!

When parents first begin to consider the idea of Homeschooling many thoughts tend to come into their minds : Can I do this? How to homeschool? Curriculum? Laws? Socialization? Umbrella schools? How do I find other homeschoolers in my area? Etc.!

This list could go on and on, but you get the idea. The point I am making is do not feel like you are the only one with questions or worries about becoming a homeschool parent.

When I first started homeschooling, I was so excited! So excited that I did what a lot of you have done, I winged it! I jumped feet first into this lifestyle and learned as I went. I suppose it has worked out for me in the end as I am coming up on my 9th year of homeschooling. ((Yay!)) Still, part of me wishes I would have taken a step back and done my research. Truth is we will never have all our questions or concerns answered. There will always be a learning curve to homeschooling, somewhere along the way. Of course there are several things that can be learned before you even begin, starting with your states homeschool laws (These will vary from state to state). This is IMO the most important and first thing any potential homeschooler should check into.

States requiring no notice: No state requirement for parents to initiate any contact.
WATCH States with low regulation: State requires parental notification only.
UPDATE States with moderate regulation: State requires parents to send notification, test scores, and/or professional evaluation of student progress.
UPDATE State with high regulation: State requires parents to send notification or achievement test scores and/or professional evaluation, plus other requirements (e.g. curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents, or home visits by state officials).

Also, I recommend finding other homeschoolers in your area. I think anyone starting out, should take the time and do this. If you are not sure where to start, you can try your local school board. They may have a list of groups in your area, but if not you can always try 4-H, local churches, or just looking on Facebook ( you would be surprised how many local groups have a Facebook page). Finding other veteran homeschoolers can offer a wealth of information, support, and socialization for you children.

~> The good news is, homeschooling is mostly trial and error. You will figure it out! Just remember, we have all be there. O' and did I mention that, yes! You can do it ;)

Until Next Time.....

No comments: