The Basics of Homeschooling

Educators who are considering homeschooling as an avenue to education have many tools and resources at their disposal to help them make the homeschooling plan work. Typically, at the beginning of the homeschooling program, a great deal of research and communication is required to make sure students will be cared for and comfortable in their new homeschool environment. Then, you have to figure out just what you will do on a day-to-day basis. You have to make decisions on how to spend your time, talents and money. Many parents find that with the first few years of homeschooling they have spent too much money on taking care of their child and the additional expenses that come with homeschooling. As a new homeschooling parent(ren) parent, you may feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Don’t worry. The basics of homeschooling are the foundation to any homeschooling plan.

The “homeschool basics” need to be covered in one place and that place is your state’s home law. In a nutshell, you must protect your legal rights through homeschooling in your new state.

Many parents find the first few years of homeschooling are frustrating and they may decide to just abandon the homeschooling plan all together. In many cases, the parents abandon the homeschooling plan for their own reasons. This realization brings with it a great deal of anxiety and lack of will to homeschool their children. After all, if they decide to homeschool they have to be of age. Many parents find the minimum age for a homeschooling child is five years old. Other parents find that the minimum age for a homeschooling child is seven years old. The vast majority of parents will agree that at the very minimum, children can be homeschooled until the child is around 12 years old.

There are many methods that you can use as a homeschool parent. The basic idea is to be organized and follow the model that is given to you by your church or other providers. You may wish to form a Home Schooling Committee for your church or other organization to help you with this goal. Other homeschool basics include preparing your home for a new way of learning and teaching and finding effective ways to teach your child. These are all things that will help to keep the daily schedules and activities fun and stress free for your child.

Another way to help your child with homeschooling is to be prepared for all of the “homeschool questions”. These questions can come from any school and can make or break your child’s reputation as a unschooled student. Here are a few of the questions parents of unschooling children get asked about their children:

How do you stay motivated?

What type of structure does your church have that you could follow?

How will you teach?

Are unschooling children self taught?

How will you judge them?

Will your child be allowed to teach?

Will you be available to talk to your child?

Have you check-off items for your child?

Are your child’s ideas respected?

Are you willing to try new things with your child?

Are you organized and prepared for any occurrences?

These may seem like significant tasks to do with your children. Remember that the more you commit to homeschooling, the more organized and focused you will be on your child. Remember to keep your financial and religious resources separate from your regular education and schedule planning. The last thing you want is to be trying to manage two completely separate worlds.