1. Learn the Homeschool Ninja Way
Before beginning your homeschool journey be sure to read through our Ninja Homeschooler code of Honor to be sure you are following the Ninja way.
2. Learn your State Laws
After deciding to become a Homeschool Ninja, one of the first steps you’ll need to complete is a simple analysis of your state homeschool laws. Every state is different and the amount of communication, testing and reporting you will be responsible for will depend heavily on where you live. Some states require extensive tracking so before you get started homeschooling you need to be familiar with these requirements.
3. Find Local Homeschool Groups
Once you’ve learned a bit about your state homeschooling laws, it’s a good idea to get connected with other homeschooling families in your area. Local homeschooling groups, co-op’s and programs can be an invaluable homeschooling resource. Chances are you’ll find some Vetran Homeschool Parents (aka. Master Homeschool Ninja’s) that can answer all your questions, and set you up with local classes, curriculum sales, play dates and more.
4. Research Homeschooling Methods
After learning about your State Laws and what is required for where you live, you’ll want to research different homeschooling methods. Interest in homeschooling has skyrocketed over the past few years opening up a world of new options for families pursuing this educational choice. Today there are many online and charter schools available in most areas and you’ll want to make an informed decision before choosing anything specific.
5. Choosing a Curriculum that Fits your Family
If you’ve got a handle on the different methods of homeschool and what style you might learn towards (or away from) it’s a good idea to start reasearching homeschool curriculum publishers. You’ll want to decide if you want to simply purchase an out of the box curriculum in which a publisher chooses all items across core subjects, or if you want to pick and choose each curriculum component and piece together your own curriculum. Either way, here are some tips and resources for making sure your curriculum dollars are spent wisely
Homeschooling Resources Online
Homeschool Scheduling Resources
Homeschool Classroom Space
Here are some Homeschool Ninja terms you should be familiar with:
Hensogakurejutsu– The art of blending though the use of a disguise (Who are we kidding. Ninja Homeschoolers should stand out amongst the crowd)
Inkan no jutsu– The art of gathering information from locals
Karuwaza– Acrobatic techniques (to navigate homeschool conventions)
Kitsunegakurejutsu– The art of hiding like a fox (for when you need to use the restroom)
Kyosei– Student teacher
Ankokutoshijutsu– Sensory deprivation used to develop awareness (also known as, “Be Quiet! Mommy has a headache”
Fuyu jinchi– Winter training camp