10 Things You Need to Know to Homeschool

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Are you a first-time homeschooler or thinking about homeschooling? Are you wondering about how to get started? Here are 10 things you need to know to homeschool.

This post was originally published November 3, 2015, but has since been updated.

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10 Things You Need to Know to Homeschool

1. Know Your State Homeschool Laws

The laws may include submitting a declaration of intent, yearly tests, attendance records, or portfolios. Know what is legally needed for your homeschool journey. You can find out more by going to your state’s department of education website, and this will give you the most accurate homeschool laws. You can also visit the HSLDA website and click on your state for more information.

2. Research the Different Homeschool Philosophies But Don’t Feel Like You Have to Follow Any of Them.

Homeschool is not Public School, and therefore it can look and feel however you want it to. I remember when we first started. I felt like I had to follow everything exactly. I was so afraid of messing up!

Guess what? If we want to sleep until 10 am and then stay in our pajamas until 1 pm while eating popsicles, then we can do that. Or you can get up at dawn and have your lesson over and done before lunch. If we don’t finish a curriculum, or jump around based on interests, or decide that we don’t like a particular read aloud, it doesn’t mean we are messing up. We are tailoring our children’s education based on their needs. I don’t know about you, but I want to focus on the relationships and connections with my children and their academics.

I don’t believe there is any one way to do homeschool, and there are far too many options and grown homeschoolers who are happy and successful members of society. But, understanding the different approaches to home education can help you get started. 

So, what sort of homeschooler do you believe yourself to be? Are you Classical, Montessori, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, Traditional, Unschooling, Thomas Jefferson Education, Eclectic or Unit Study? I love this quiz from Eclectic-Homeschool. Click here to take their quiz. It will give you an idea of where you stand.

We identify as Eclectic Homeschoolers with Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, and Unit Study tendencies. Wow, that’s a mouthful!

Pretty much, we love books, games, and following our interests.

Most homeschoolers are not one pure philosophy but a blend of several or Eclectic in nature.

Use what works best for you and your children, and leave off the things that don’t.

10 Things You Need to Know to Homeschool


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