Are you thinking about homeschooling but not sure if it’s right for you and your family? Or, maybe you’re ready to move forward but don’t know where to start? Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart, but there are so many blessings in store for your family! Here are 3 resources to start off right — so you’re guaranteed to homeschool like a ninja!
How to Start Homeschooling
First, equip yourself with the right type of resources — books! You’ll want to educate yourself with all of the options available for you and your family. You may have many questions that need answered such as (but not limited to):
- What are the laws in my state?
- What subjects must be covered?
- What type of homeschooling styles are there?
- How can I get help if I’m struggling?
There are many pioneers of homeschool movement who forged a path for us many decades ago. And, we can glean a TON of ideas from these homeschool authors.
There are many homeschool resources to choose from, but The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell is a treasure you don’t want to miss.
This comprehensive guide introduces the benefits and challenges of educating your child at home, along with valuable information including: how to choose the best curriculum, organizing your homeschool, effective measurements, and much more!
So, now that you’re convinced homeschooling is right for your situation, take time to learn the different homeschooling styles. You’ll find the most popular options include Classical, Charlotte Mason, Unit Studies, Unschooling, Moore Formula, Online Learning and Eclectic.
Yes, it can seem overwhelming at first, but don’t get frustrated! Prayerfully consider each method to determine what is the perfect fit for your beliefs, environment, and situation.
And remember, home educators are blessed today with trailblazers who paved the way and wrote all about their successes and failures! And, Cathy Duffy, a curriculum expert and homeschool since 1982, is no exception!
In her latest book, 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, Cathy lays out the ultimate plan of goal setting, educational approach, identifying your best teaching method and your own child’s learning style. All of these factors play a key role in a successful start to educating your children at home.
If one of your goals is to cultivate a love for gaining knowledge in your child, determine their “love language” of learning! It’s an important step in the educational process. And, identifying it early will weave a precious love for education into the daily fabric of their lives.
This will be regardless of your environment; it won’t matter whether you’re at home or at the grocery store. Learning will become a lifelong passion and habit.
Cynthia Tobias wrote an informative guide titled The Way They Learn on how to easily instruct your child using their own strengths, regardless of your teaching preference. Cynthia shares with her readers the four different learning styles and how to use them to illuminate your child’s own strengths.
Getting involved in your child’s education is one of the best decisions you can make for their future. It will increase your child’s success in all aspects of their daily lives, and develop a family bond that will last a lifetime.
Using these 3 resources to start off right will help you take the next step on the right approach to home education. It’s a challenging but rewarding step for you and your family — now you’re ready to homeschool like a ninja!
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