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

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.

 

So you want to start homeschooling? It will change your life.
Once you start homeschooling your life will look completely different than it did before. [Read here]

What you really need to homeschool is very different from what you might think.
We can have all sorts of preconceived ideas of what is needed to start homeschooling – but we must have these three things. [Read here]

A discipleship approach to homeschool creates a whole-life focus where we teach, train, guide and help our kids to grow in every aspect of their life.
We call our approach to homeschooling Discipleship: meaning we focus on teaching, training, guiding and helping our kids in their whole life – not just academics.  [Read More]

The family is our first relational sphere as a child – it is the practice ground for all of our relationships.
Relationships are the number one focus in all our efforts as we homeschool our children. The family is our first relational sphere as a child – it is the practice ground for all of our relationships. [Read More]

We can fill our day with these relationship based activities and know that learning is happening because of our family life.
These activities are often a part of regular family life, but they also provide many learning opportunities for our children. [Read More]

A key for me has been to be a ‘mum who teaches’ rather than a ‘teacher who is also mum’.
A key for me has been to be a ‘mum who teaches’ rather than a ‘teacher who is also mum’. [Read More]

A reading list for the new homeschool mum so you can learn more about homeschooling. I have revisited these books many times.
I recommend these following resources to you as you discover your own philosophy of education, and how that is going to look in terms of curriculum and resource choices. [Read More]

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.

3 Comments

  1. Arlene

    Thanks for compiling this list Belinda. I’m considering homeschooling my two youngest next year and am starting to consider how it might look, so these articles are helpful to me.

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    • Belinda

      I’m glad they were helpful Arlene. You have lots of thinking ahead of you – if I can be of any help please do get in touch.

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  2. Arianna

    I stumbled upon your blogs on pinterest & I am hooked on what you have to say. You are so encouraging to a new homeschool mom. I have a four year old daughter & our homeschooling journey began when she was two. I have my moments of doubt as she gets older… but then I stumble upon people like you that remind me why I’m doing this. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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