Getting Started Homeschooling
You have made an amazing decision to start homeschooling your kids! You can do it! You may be confused and terrified like I was though. My hope is that I can bless you and help in some way to help get you started and ease some of your fears. In all honesty, it may seem like an impossible path, but it looks harder than it actually is. God has gifted you with the tools you need to do this. So relax, breathe and begin.
I have compiled a list of information and links that I hope will both inspire you and give you direction. Whether you are a new homeschooling mom or a veteran it’s always nice to have a few lists…I love lists.
My purpose in starting this blog was to try to put as much information in one place for you as I could in hopes to make your search a lot easier. When I started homeschooling I was clueless, I didn’t know where to start. I’m here to encourage you along the way! If you need anything or have any questions feel free to contact me.
What I wish I knew Before I started Homeschooling
My best advice would be to feel the first year out and get to know your child, I know you know your child, but what I mean by this is their interests and dreams, the way they learn. You don’t have to buy an expensive curriculum or any curriculum for that matter your first year of homeschooling. One curriculum doesn’t fit all. Feel the first year out especially if you pulled them out of school. Find out what each child’s learning style is by testing out a few free methods. Then when you are sure what style is going to be a good fit for you and your family you will be ready to choose a curriculum. This is just my opinion derived from my personal experiences, yours may be different:-)
Information for Homeschooling in Your State:
Tracking, Record Keeping & Planners for Homeschool:
Homeschool Tracker Basic- Planning & record Keeping Software
Ultimate Free Homeschool Planning List: Free Homeschool Planners, Forms, and more
Donna Young- Planners, Info, Lessons (K-12)
123 Homeschool 4 Me-17 Free Homeschool Forms
Pros and Cons of Homeschooling-Free Printable Homeschool Schedules
Free Homeschool Planning Pages Printables
Homeschool Views- Printable Homeschool Resources
Learning Keeper~ePortfolio 30 day Free Trial
Choosing Curriculum & Basic Tips for Homeschool:
Ultimate Homeschool for FREE- List of Free Curriculum
Choosing a Curriculum For Your Homeschool
Homeschool Creations- Homeschool Basics-Tips and Helps for Homeschool Families
Homeschool Methods & Philosophies by Curriculum Choice Authors
6 Homeschool Blogs to Follow
Focus on the Family-Choosing a Home School Curriculum
The Happy Housewife-Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum
Other Resources for Getting Started Homeschooling:
Forest Rose is a God Loving, Blessed Wife, & Relaxed, Eclectic Homeschooling Mama to 3 girls – 7, 10, & 11 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s passionate about lifting moms out of the homeschooling trenches that are discouraged, overwhelmed or feeling alone or isolated. Her hope is to point them to Christ and equip them to rise up with a new found hope and joy within, that He alone can provide. Besides blogging, she also loves hanging out at her exclusive Facebook Group “Homeschooling 101 Community” that she started to help new homeschoolers thrive.