How to Get Started Homeschooling? First, take a deep breath…
God’s got this. And you are in for the ride of your life. I am here to tell you it won’t be easy. It is refinement by fire. But I can say, after nearly 15 years, that a homeschooling lifestyle is a rich reward I wouldn’t trade – ever.
So let’s get started. I am imagining you and I sitting down for a visit. Would you like coffee or tea?
First of all my friend Kim wrote a lovely How to Get Started Homeschooling: 10 Steps to Success that is a must read first. She says it best!
Next, I suggest you start with your state homeschool convention. I have a free ebook for Georgia Homeschoolers. One that Jamie Worley and I co-authored. Be sure to grab your copy because it is packed full of helpful information: Homeschooling in Georgia.
I’ve written quite a bit about our experience with homeschooling our five children. So I’ll share with you and suggest you start here with what I wish I’d known before I started…
Help! I’m Homeschooling! 10 Pieces of Advice I Wish I’d Known – There were so many titles I could have given this list: Encouragement for all homeschoolers, 10 pieces of advice for a new homeschooler, What I Wish I’d Known When We Started Homeschooling, My Best Advice, Don’t Let Homeschooling Get You Down. Whatever the title, I hope you will find something to urge you on.
Homeschool Made Simple Review and discount – a recent discovery and brand new resource. A series for parents from The Compass Classroom. Oh how I wish I had had this when I started homeschooling!
Shape Your Heart for Homeschooling with These Books – When I first started homeschooling I was desperate to learn how to do it. I knew it was easily an extension of parenting and reading books aloud to our eldest. But part of me needed details and examples. Enter homeschool friends and mentors. Plus these treasures of how to books. Read these over the summer! Return to them again and again, my friends. I do!
How to Start a Homeschool Routine – one of the most frequently asked questions here at Hodgepodge and one of the all-time most popular posts. I share an example of a morning and answer questions.
6 Simple Successful Strategies for Homeschooling a House Full – a fellow homeschool mother described this as a homeschool conference in a post. It is the summary of a talk I gave by the same topic to a local homeschool group.
10 Days of Lasagna Learning – a 10 day series of my best tips for homeschooling multiple ages. As homeschool mothers, parents, we can all learn from and help each other. I hope that some part of this series will bless you – whether you are balancing the needs of an age range or just starting your homeschool journey.
What I’ve Learned Homeschooling with Tapestry of Grace – One of those wonderful benefits of homeschooling is continuing to learn right alongside your children. History, a love of art, composers, nature study. I just love continuing education. For many years now, Tapestry of Grace has truly woven together all the learning in our home. All ages learning the same topics, on their age, grade and skill level. And if you don’t use Tapestry of Grace, I hope you just might find some of the advice for teaching multiple ages and homeschool planning helpful in general.
100+ Helpful Homeschool Habits – Helpful homeschool habits. Over the years with babies, toddlers, stacks of school books, hungry mouths and now towering teens, these are the basic routes I’ve discovered for seeing results. (And honestly, for keeping my sanity in that daily does of chaos with five children!) Over 100 helpful homeschool habits.
Homeschooling at Hodgepodge – Our homeschooling method is one that came about over time. Would it surprise you to know that our methods truly are a hodgepodge? One ingredient added. Another sifted in. Mixing slowly. Seasoning to taste. The roots of our method are classical. There’s a healthy dose of Charlotte Mason enrichment. Plus, the unit studies help us all learn together. And the whole-hearted approach speaks of each child’s relationship with the Lord.
Help! I’m Homeschooling ebook – Practical homeschool answers. Help! I’m Homeschooling! will answer these questions and more:
- How do you start a homeschool routine?
- What about the roaming toddler?
- How do you teach multiple ages?
- What about basic housekeeping?
“The best things are nearest…light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson
I hope these encourage you in your homeschool journey. Trust me. I’m still learning! Always learning…