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I AM THINKING ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING; WHERE DO I START?

So, you’ve decided to look into homeschooling but you’re a little nervous about it and really hope nobody’s peaking over your shoulder right now. And, before you talk to anyone about this situation, you want…no…you need to know exactly how to start this adventure so you have your ducks-in-a-row and answers ready when you spring this idea on your loved ones.

Guess what. You’re not alone. I’ve been there and so have millions of other parents, just like you.  I’m here to show you the ropes, one step at a time, so sit back, grab some coffee and relax.  You’ve got this!

Maybe you know someone who homeschools and thought it might be a fun thing for your family, or maybe you’re fed up with the school bureaucracy, the bullying, the homework or maybe you just want to spend these few precious years WITH your children while they ARE children. Whatever your reasons, know that they are valid, they’re important and you have the right to make this choice.  You have joined the millions of families who now make up the home education world.  Welcome! We’re so happy you’re here.

Whether you’re married, single, hold a college diploma or barely made it through high school, you are welcome here.  You have the right to homeschool. You have the right to raise your children and this is how you can do it. Everything is going to be okay.  Breathe.  Relax.  Let’s get started.

First, you need to know the homeschooling laws of your state.  Homeschool Legal Defense is a page that explains the laws of The United States.

Homeschooling is legal in every state. Some states have relaxed homeschooling laws while others have overbearing homeschooling laws. No Worries! If you happen to live in a state with overbearing laws, it’s okay.  People homeschool their children, in your state, every day.

No matter where you live, you will find your “tribe” on Facebook. They will help you navigate the laws of your state. If you have questions or concerns, veteran homeschooling parents love to help newbies (that’s you) through this process. It’s much easier than you might think and frankly, once you’re released from that school’s calendar, you’re going to wonder why it took you so long to make this decision!

So far, you’ve (1) found the laws of your state and (2) found one – or more – homeschooling groups in your state (or county or even city) on Facebook.

(3) It’s time to head over to Google.  Key in “Homeschool groups in (YOUR STATE)” to find local, in-person groups, near you.  There are many kinds of homeschooling groups; religious, secular, strict, relaxed, paid and free homeschool groups.  It could take some time to find the group that works for your family.  If you don’t find one that fits, you may want to consider making your own group of newbie homeschoolers.  This is a great way to find a few great friends to navigate this lifestyle together. 

Creating your own group can be as easy as making a Facebook Group. This leads to creating events such as weekly Park Days, Monthly Mom’s Night Out (usually at a coffee shop) and other weekly or monthly events held at local libraries or nature centers.

(4) Once you have surrounded yourself with parents who are already living the lifestyle they can guide you in the beginning stages.  As time goes by, you will begin to feel more confident and do your own thing as it fits your family.  Remember, NO Homeschooling family is the same.  If someone (or a group) tells you that you have to do it one way, remember this: If it isn’t breaking your state homeschool laws, you can homeschool the way YOU want so that it fits YOUR family.  Be brave!  You Be You!

(5) Lastly, remember to have fun!  Homeschooling does not have to mimic public education.  Frankly, it’s probably better that it doesn’t. Homeschooling is the ultimate individual education plan!  You get to tailor your child’s education to fit their learning style, likes, passions, and enjoyment!  Take advantage of this. These babies were given to YOU and YOU get to raise them the way YOU see fit.

You. Have. Got. This!  If those crazy hippies can do it, you can TOTALLY do it!

Man, I’d love to be a hippy, but I really like deodorant sooo….

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