Every year, sometime in August, I get at least one family who decided last minute to homeschool and wants to know how to make the switch. Maybe school starts in a couple weeks (or days) and you just know it isn’t right for you or maybe you started back to school and really want to bring your children home.
You CAN do this!
Take Your Time
First, take some time to breathe. Do what you need to do to register as a homeschooler in your state, bring your child home, and take a few days to enjoy time as a family and get prepared to start. You do not have to keep the same schedule as the school system and it is OK to take a few weeks to prepare.
Spend some time making goals for your homeschool, researching homeschool styles and philosophies to see how you want to set up your curriculum. Talk to your students and get their input. It might make you feel like you are getting behind, but the time you spend preparing will save you time and frustration moving forward.
I am often asked, “What is the best homeschool curriculum?” There is no single right answer to that question. The best is the one that works for your family. I have spent hundreds of hours reviewing curriculum and I can tell you that there are many wonderful programs available and what works for one child may not work for another.
When you are getting started, I recommend buying used curriculum. When you buy used, you can resell and get most of your money back if you find it does not work for you. This often helps give families flexibility as they determine what will or will not work for them. I also highly recommend doing a little research into homeschooling philosophies to help you narrow down your options. There are some great free tools to help with that in our How Do I Get Started Homeschooling? post.
Find a Flexible Program
Another great option is to try a program like Schoolhouse Teachers. We love Schoolhouse Teachers because with only one membership we have access to a wide variety of courses (over 400 from preschool to high school). If we try one course and it is not a good fit for us, we can simply switch to a different course with-in the membership.
The membership is also good for the budget because it covers all of the students in your household. There are text based courses, video based courses, grade specific courses and family style courses all included. We are using our membership for several courses for each of my students this year.
Final Thoughts and Encouragement
There are links to some great homeschooling resources at the bottom of this post, but mostly I want to leave you with the knowledge that you can homeschool. If you are being called to homeschool, God will provide you with what you need to make it work. You taught them how to eat, speak, and walk and you can teach them academics.
Reach out if I can be of any help getting you started and make sure to click on the graphic below to read the posts from all of the other Crew Members and enter the giveaway for a free Schoolhouse Teachers Membership.
- Homeschool Resources for New Homeschoolers
- Help! I’m Homeschooling!: Helpful Habits for the Heart of Homeschooling (review)
- How Do I Get Started Homeschooling?
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