I am a little late, but happy August! If you are a parent you already know what that means. BACK to SCHOOL. But for me as a new homeschooling mom, it means our homeschool journey has officially begun. And I am so thrilled to be able to do this for my family and share it here with you.
Our first official day of the new school year was August 1st. I’ve mentioned this before but I do plan to homeschool year round. So, we were doing homeschool prior to August 1st. It was more so my chance to figure out how we would do things and schedule out our day. I used that time to do a lot of research, try out curriculums and figure out how to fit homeschool into my work schedule.
Our first week is in the books and it went great! Like I said, most of it we were already doing in the summer, so it was an easy transition. Our homeschool journey is something I hope to share a lot here on my blog. It is something I am super passionate about and hope to help someone else with in any way I can. If you are considering switching to homeschool or already know you want to homeschool your children here are a few tips I have for getting started.
5 Tips for starting your homeschool journey
- Look into your state’s requirements. I am in Colorado and thankfully our requirements aren’t too crazy. HSLDA us a great place to start to learn more about homeschooling in your state.
- Look for homeschool groups in your area and on Facebook. For any locals interested in homeschooling I have found a few Facebook groups that I love. You can check them out here and here.
- Research curriculums. This was the hardest part for me, and still something that may change for us. (The beauty of homeschool). Currently I am using Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool (this is a FREE online curriculum) and I am supplementing with The Good and The Beautiful for some additional subjects. My main focus with my girls right now is teaching them how to read and both of these curriculums are great for that, and they are both faith based. ( I plan to write a more detailed post about my curriculum choices soon so stay tuned for that!)
- Don’t be afraid to switch things up. One reason why I spent so much time researching everything is because I felt like I had do everything perfectly. With the right set up and the right curriculum. But MAN if you stop feeling like you have to do everything right, it will be so much easier. We’re human and frankly we are all learning as we go. Allow yourself to try things until you figure out what works for you and your child.
- Know your WHY. There is definitely a negative connotation when it comes to homeschool kids. I think this is something that will start to change as more and more families choose to homeschool their children. My biggest advice here is always remember your reason. Be ready to share it when you get that concerned look from friends and family when you tell them you plan to homeschool. It will happen. So just remember that it is YOUR job to do what is best for your children.
These girls are the world to me. I am so thankful that God not only trusted me to be their mommy but made it possible for me to homeschool them. This homeschool journey of ours will not be perfect or easy but it is our journey. And we will enjoy every minute of it. If you are considering homeschooling I hope these tips help.
Start looking into it and figuring out if it is the right move for your family. And feel free to leave any questions you have below in the comments.