How To Homeschool Your Child

Dorothy Whitfield
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There are many reasons that parents choose to homeschool. Regardless of what your reason is for homeschooling your child, with the proper preparation, homeschooling can be a great option. There are many important things to do before you start homeschooling your child. Check out the tips below to help you get started.

Is Homeschooling Best

Homeschooling is wonderful, but it is important to decide if it is the best option for your family. Sit down with everyone that will be involved with homeschooling your children and discuss the pros and cons. Depending on the age of your children, it is a good idea to involve them in this conversation also. Talk about exceptions and the role that each person will play. Research homeschool groups in order to meet parents that can share the realities of their homeschool experience. Remember to take organization into consideration. How organized you are is a big factor in homeschool success, especially if you are a work at home parent.

Homeschool and State Laws

Different states have different laws when it comes to homeschooling. Once you decide that homeschooling is the right thing to do for you and your family, it is essential to know and stay within your state regulations on homeschooling. Some states need an affidavit submitted with the State’s education department. Homeschooling laws can be divided into 3 classifications. These are: private school laws, compulsory attendance statute, and relevant statutes. Since the laws and regulations vary by state, it is important to locate your state laws. You could also need to maintain records of your child’s educational progress. It is essential to

look in to the lawful requirements BEFORE you begin homeschooling. Some states even have minimum educational requirements for homeschool parents and teachers.

Support Groups

Next, search for a supportive homeschool community. If you are unable to find a group near you, with a quick internet search you will be a ble to find a wide variety of groups for homeschoolers and their parents. Having a support group can help a lot when you encounter well meaning friends and family members that try to discourage you. Be prepared to hear unsolicited advice from people that think that you should not homeschool your child. They might place a great deal of fretful concerns in your mind. A team that consists of like-minded individuals will certainly insulate you from the criticism, pressures and concerns of normal school-goers. Lots of groups arrange enjoyable events like field trips, museum tours, trips to sporting events and more. Support groups are also a great way for your children to meet new friends and build lasting relationships. These groups give a vital opportunity for socialization.

Setting Up

Setting rules, choosing a curriculum before you start, creating a schedule, and choosing an environment with the least distractions will help things run smoothly.

Choose A Homeschool Curriculum

There are lots of curriculums to choose from. Depending on your budget you may want to look into free and paid options. You may even choose to develop your own curriculum. Do some research and consider the products that are available. The internet is full of resources to help you develop a homeschool curriculum that works for you and your child.

Create A Schedule

As I mentioned earlier, organization is key to homeschool success. Create a schedule that is enjoyable for you and the children. You don’t have to pack 10 subjects into 6 hours of learning. It is more important that your children absorb what they are taught. Since each child is different, you may need to spend more time on certain subjects than others.

With discipline and team work, homeschooling can be a great experience for the whole family.


  1. Twitter:
    i Just stand by the point to make a well planned schedule to make the pal’s future easy !
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  2. The article is pretty cool. But sorry, I have a so bad association with homescholling after “Movie 43″. It’s a pretty vulgar Hollywood movie that ridicule on human flaws. And there was a part about home education…

    • Twitter:
      Thanks Evan. I haven’t seen that movie. I don’t think homeschooling is for everyone, but things were a lot different before the public schooling system came along. If a parent is abusive, it doesn’t make a difference if they child is being homeschooled or not. I see how not being homeschooled would help because maybe the teachers would notice something going on with the child.
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  3. Twitter:
    Thanks Dorothy for sharing this lovely article. It is very true fact that there is no greater pleasure than to take care of my children in front of my eyes ,watch them grow, develop and learn. I truly agree with “It’s not a kid locked in a dark hut by an antisocial parent. There’s a great deal of flexibility and freedom in homeschooling.” –Beth Edwards, Holyoke, CO

  4. Twitter:
    I believe in homeschooling too..You atleast have your child in front of you all the times and you know exactly what he is learning..
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  5. Twitter:
    Home schooling really seems to be a good topic these days. I had a great reading. Thanks for sharing this.
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  6. Twitter:
    Sticking with a schedule is very important. Your kids need to feel that they have to stay responsible with their schooling and do their work. a schedule helps a lot with that.
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  7. Twitter:
    My wife is a teacher and has mentioned about home schooling our three kids. I am NOT for it. Sure, there are many reasons to home school, but also, many reasons NOT to home school. My reason not to is the social aspect of it – my kids will not be around their peers. They need to interact with other kids there own age, and be in the “open” atmosphere instead of the same four walls of the house that they live in, eat in, play in, etc. Perhaps, many will disagree with my viewpoint, but that’s what makes us a great country here in the US – we get to voice our opinions!

    • Twitter:
      Thanks for sharing Charlie. I agree that home school isn’t for every, but I believe that there is a misconception that home school equals no socialization. I went to public school and participated in several activities outside of school. Plus, there are a lot of home school groups for kids to socialize with their peers. A home schooled child can be just as, and sometimes more, skilled socially as a child that attends school outside of the home. You could always try home schooling for a year and if your kids are not engaging in social activities the way you would like switch back.
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      • I still feel that school activities will be missed out on – not the “outside of school” activities you mentioned. Furthermore, I wouldnt “try home schooling for a year,” they are not like a game of chess – one year at home, the next year at school! I think kids will miss out on hearing the tardy bell, throwing spitwads at the teacher, waiting to be asked to the school dance, wearing of the school uniforms, I think you get my point. But, again, my opinion!

    • Twitter:
      There are plenty of other opportunities for your kids to socialize, play with other kids, and make friends. You’ve got community sports, church, boy scout/girl scouts, not to mention the radical idea of going down the street and playing with other children.

      That being said, I’m a teacher and I wouldn’t homeschool my kids. I don’t have the time! I’m at school every day with my students, and I kind of need a real job to pay the bills (not to mention the fact that I enjoy it).
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  8. Great Article Dorothy, but i’ll say public school is still the best but i’d say it is wise to give your child both. Thanks
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  9. Twitter:
    I agree with the people who commented here. But to those parents who are over protected to their child, they still want to prefer home schooling since they can easily track the progress of their child. In some cases, this process is too much expensive but for parents who can’t afford such studying, they will prefer the free education which they can obtain from public schools.
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    • Twitter:
      Thanks for sharing Rusty. Not every parent that home schools is overprotective. Some children learn better in a home school environment. Being overprotective definitely does a disservice. There are actually several cases where children don’t do well in public school, but excel in home school. There are some free and inexpensive options available for parents that choose to home school. There are actually programs where the public school system will give you free resources to home school your child.
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  10. Twitter:
    Awesomely written Dorothy clearly explain all expects of homechooling.

  11. Twitter:
    I find that home schooling shouldn’t be done for highschool because the transition to go off into post secondary will be too much. I mean, in homeschool, you have a 1 on 1 help if you need it. Most universities don’t and students usually rely on making study groups to study. It’s hard to develop that skill if one is home schooled I find.
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  12. Twitter:
    We’ve been homeschooling for about 19 years. We have six kids, the oldest is now in grad school, the next two are college undergrads, then we have three at home (15, 12, and 9). I love posts that help get the word out about alternative education.

    I’d like to pose three additions:

    I actually think homeschooling IS for everyone, assuming the parent wants to be involved in the education of the child and is willing to follow through. It’s not brain surgery — although teacher’s unions love to make it seem so. An education degree provides (very) little in the way of content and much more in classroom management, administration, and other things that have little to do with actually helping children learn academics.

    When you say “choose a homeschool curriculum,” most people unfamiliar with homeschooling assume you mean some kind of prepackaged curriculum kit. That is certainly not necessary and, in my experience, not advisable. I have never seen a curriculum set that included the best in every subject — which is what I want for my kids! So I’d never approach homeschool that way.

    Scheduling, too, can become very much like a school. That kind of rigid structure is very rarely necessary or helpful when homeschooling. You aren’t going to be herding 30 kids through an average-target curriculum (I hope). So while a schedule CAN help new homeschoolers get acclimated and/or help organize a larger family or a difficult situation, a typical SCHOOL schedule can ruin the best part of homeschooling: customized learning.

    Anyway, kudos on the article and good luck to anyone going down the homeschooling path. It’s an amazing thing!
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  13. hello ms. dorothy…. yes for me as a mom i would really consider my kids for home schooling since they not need anymore to go to school on weekdays. most important i could see them if they would participate during discussion with there teacher. As for my part i don’t need to rush them early in the morning for them to wake up early for school. Most important thing that growing up kids will be focus in there studies as well and see the brighter side for their future… a very great article..

  14. Thanks for sharing. I also believe in homeschooling too..You atleast have your child in front of you all the times and you know exactly what he is learning..

  15. Twitter:
    Hey Dorothy,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this post with us. Yes, Homeschooling is a good way to keep eyes on your child and we can easily know the progress of him. Having schedule is the most important step of homeschooling as it helps to move in right ways.
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    Your welcome. Thank you for reading.
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