I have been homeschooling for close to 17 years now. I guess I am what you would call a veteran homeschooler, though I don’t feel like it. I feel like I am learning new things and changing up methods, styles and using different curricula and books every couple of years or so. I remember when I was a young mom and decided to homeschool. I was so nervous and there weren’t a lot of blog posts and resources available on the topic.
I was fortunate to have a few friends who homeschooled their children and they were able to mentor me and help me decide what would work best for us. Unfortunately, 17 years ago there were only a few curriculum companies that had box sets so we trucked through those and did a lot of our own hands-on activities, field trips and fun crafts to accompany our homeschooling. We did lots of library trips and read lots and lots of books. We also watched a lot of Veggie Tales!
Fast forward to today, I have graduated one child, have another entering high school, one in middle school and an 8 year old. I am blown away by all of the choices and opportunities that are now available. I have spent weeks scouring for information and researching new curricula for my youngest. It’s so exciting to see how things are continuing to change, and content is being created to make our jobs as homeschool moms so much easier.
If you are brand new to homeschooling CONGRATULATIONS! You are homeschooling in such a wonderful day and age with so many resources right at your fingertips. I have compiled some Top Ten posts and resources to help you get started on your homeschooling journey.
Here are the Top 10 Posts and Resources we have found to help you learn about homeschooling:
1. HSLDA – Home School Legal Defense Association
The HSLDA is an association created by two homeschool dad attorneys who wanted to make sure that homeschooling families were protected and that they could obtain legal advice and legal defense at an affordable rate. They have many articles that can help you begin homeschooling. Here are some of great ones to start with:
Homeschool Laws By State – click your state on the map for the detailed laws.
Read about the 6 different steps to help you to get started with your homeschooling.
You can also get a Quick Start Guide to Homeschooling HERE.
This is another complete guide to everything you need to know for the beginner homeschooler.
Homeschooling upper grades can be really scary, but they don’t have to be. In this article, Caroline discusses how to homeschoole the middle school years, and how it can help you prepare for the high school years.
How to get started homeschooling, how to choose homeschool curriculum, how to do homeschool testing and homeschool planning and organization tips.
If you are getting ready to pull your children out of school to homeschool them for the first time here are the Laws, Rules, and Requirements you need to know to begin homeschooling. There are lots of tips for Canada, and the UK too!
Homeschooling is fun and uplifting, and also stressful and exhausting. What exactly do you need to homeschool your child no matter their age? Find out more from a veteran homeschooler.
This is a series that covers how to get started in homeschooling, what you need to do to prepare and what you need to get started. There are also posts on different curriculum choices and what books worked best for her family. She also covers challenges and thoughts on homeschooling.
Homeschool How To walks you through the steps that you need to know to start homeschooling. They also include easy tips on how to homeschool as well as a free downloadable guide with everything you need to know to homeschool from a veteran homeschool mom.
Cathy Duffy is the most well know curriculum specialist around. She researches curriculum and homeschool methods for all grade levels. Her website has curriculum reviews for every subject and she has articles on homeschool how to’s, parent helps, different approaches to education and so much more. She has narrowed all of her recommendations down to 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum that has been very helpful for new homeschoolers:
Here are some of our own How to Homeschool posts you will find very helpful:
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!