Whether you have made the decision, or whether you are still thinking about starting homeschool, here is a collection of articles that will help transition into homeschooling.
We started homeschooling in 1998 – Josh was 4, Jess 3 and Naomi 1year old. When we were first starting our family we thought / dreamed of homeschooling but then as I settled into motherhood I wasn’t convinced that the methods I knew of homeschooling (schooling at home) would fit my parenting style so I lay aside all thoughts of homeschooling. Until 1997, when Naomi was a baby and needed regular medical treatments in Perth where I met up with an old friend who happened to be homeschooling. She showed me a different side – a collection of resources that encouraged the parent in their involvement in the child’s life, in discipleship and encouraging the kids in their walk with God. I knew we had to think again – this time with different curriculum resources than I had considered before. We were also challenged at this time about building relationships with our kids, about being an influence in their life and felt that homeschooling would give us time with our kids. So we started to homeschool.
And now, many years later it has become a natural part of our family. I have loved our homeschool years – and though I may think at times that I would do certain things differently, I would never reconsider our decision to homeschool. (Read Homeschooling through the Eyes of my Kids – now that we are finished)
Starting homeschool is a big deal – there is lots to learn. My biggest advice is to start slow, to focus on teaching your kids to relate well in the family and to help you look after the house (relationships and responsibilities) and slowly, very slowly add academics when you are ready.
And now… dig into these key articles that will help you develop your confidence in your homeschool journey.
Starting Homeschool in Australia
If you are starting homeschool in Australia then I recommend you look at Kelly’s Ultimate Guide – it will help you process all you need in terms of Registration, Finances, Assistance etc. Very helpful to all new homeschoolers in Australia. Starting Homeschool in Australia – Ultimate Guide.
Over to you:
I’d like to hear from you – so if you have any questions as you start out your homeschooling journey – please leave a comment.