Advice on starting

The following is advice from veteran homeschoolers on how to start:

  • Go to a homeschooling convention and see what’s offered.
  • Email all your homeschooling friends and relatives and ask what they use.
  • Do research, talk to your child and get an opinion on what he or she would like to do.
  • Join a support group.
  • Invest in a reputable curriculum unless you have a lot of time to sift through opinions before you start.
  • Believe in yourself. You’ve already taught your child thus far: walking, talking, potty training, colors, animals, plants, coloring, . . .
  • Take your time and be flexible.
  • Make a pro/con list to gauge your own feelings.
  • Read your state’s homeschooling material (laws or regulations) and make sure you understand them.
  • Try to start during the summer for a few hours so that when school starts the routine will already be set.
  • Jump in and do it!


Copyright 2006, Valerie Bonham Moon

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