Making the decision to homeschool is one thing. Starting to do it is another thing entirely.
Parents have described the learning curve as being awfully steep during the first weeks and months of homeschooling. Some express confusion and frustration over not knowing what they don’t know, and then having to learn it all in random order, often in a fairly short amount of time.
This does not have to be the case.
Beginning to homeschool can be easy!
Having the right tools is the key.
There are many resources available to new homeschooling families to ease the transition and make the learning curve more gradual. Modern families are fortunate because they can benefit from the experiences and writings of both the original homeschooling pioneers and the most recent homeschooling veterans. These are the folks who have learned the hard way, done all of the experimentation and have fine-tuned and perfected the practice of home education. And now, they’re willing to help new families just joining the homeschooling community — and there is no greater gift to newcomers than hearing from those who have done it before.
Help for newcomers comes in many, many forms. Store shelves are lined with books about teaching, education, learning, homeschooling and more. The Internet too is a resource, boasting thousands upon thousands of web pages and blogs ready to explain even the tiniest bit of minutiae to anyone interested in reading about it. Local and statewide organizations can also help. Friends and neighbors who have homeschooled have more information still. Plus, there are homeschool conventions to attend, co-ops to join and consultants you can pay, too.
Perhaps the only problem remaining for today’s homeschoolers is navigating this vast universe of homeschooling information and knowing exactly where to begin. As homeschooling becomes more and more mainstream, it can be hard to decide exactly where and how to jump in and whose advice to listen to, at least at the very beginning.
In my book, Suddenly Homeschooling, I outline a fool-proof series of steps that can be used to enter those first few weeks of homeschooling with ease. I chart a course for new families to follow, making it easy to identify what needs to be completed when, explaining every little step along the way. Parents who read the book will be legally homeschooling in no time at all, and will have gained the knowledge and confidence they need to continue entirely on their own. The book tells homeschoolers exactly what to do using an easy checklist format, so that nothing is left out, and everything is done in the proper sequence, too. It’s a one-stop solution to starting to homeschool, so there is no need to buy anything else.
New homeschoolers don’t have to go it alone. Even the most independent and resourceful individuals sometimes need a hand when entering unfamiliar territory. Taking advantage of the wisdom and experience of those who have come before will lessen the learning curve and end the confusion of navigating the homeschooling universe of information, too.
Whether opting to purchase a homeschooling book, taking the advice of a great homeschooling friend, or using any of the other available methods, modern homeschoolers have no reason — ever – to go it alone. Get some help and make the transition to homeschooling as joyful as it was meant to be!