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Homeschooling 101 – A Beginner's Checklist

Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular as parents start to recognize the benefits of such an endeavor. There are several to making the choice to educate your child at home. Here are some things to think about when deciding to homeschool your child...

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Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular as parents start to recognize the benefits of such an endeavor. There are many advantages to making the choice to educate your child at home. As you work through gearing up for the process of homeschooling your child, it is essential to have some sort of “checklist” that will enable you to make sound choices, take care of all the details, and get the kids ready for a fresh new start with you as their teacher. This is a very challenging, yet exciting time in the lives of parents and children as well. The following will identify some items that should be on your checklist for beginning homeschooling.

The Homeschooling Choice

The very first area of concern when it comes to homeschooling is the choice to finally pursue this educational choice with your children. This is a very challenging choice for the whole family when it is made. You must be 100% certain that this is what you want, and that your children are comfortable with the choice as well. When making the choice, you should consider many different things. These include the following:

1. Do you have the amount of time that it would take to commit to providing an education to your children at home?

2. Are you willing to make personal sacrifices to make it possible to homeschool your kids?

3. Do you have enough money saved up for the supplies and materials that will be required for the school year? Do you have money put aside that can be used to pay for field trips, and other educational needs that may pop up throughout the school year?

4. Do you have activities planned where you and your children can engage in socialization throughout their educational career at home?

5. Is your home organized in a way that there is plenty of room for school and limited room for distractions?

6. Do both parents agree to the homeschooling idea?

7. Does your child seem excited or resistant to the homeschooling choice?

8. Do you have more than one child that you will be teaching at a time?

9. Will you need help in teaching your children the lessons that will be part of the curriculum?

10. What is your main goal for educating your child at home?

If you take the time to answer all of these questions, you will be able to make a sound choice when it comes to the educational career of your child.

Homeschooling Rules and Regulations

When you make the choice that you want to homeschool your child, it is important that you learn as much as you possibly can when it comes to the rules and regulations regarding homeschool practices on a state, county, and city level. It is essential that you learn all of the procedures and laws that surround this educational choice. Everything that you do in the homeschool classroom must align with the standards and laws that have been put into place.

Homeschool Curriculum

Choosing the curriculum that you will use when you educate your child at home is a very important consideration. You need to have a base curriculum, as well as all supplement materials to go with it. These include textbooks, workbooks, work sheets, unit studies, reviews, and many other items. Be sure to establish an understanding of homeschool laws in your state and research the educational standards in your state as well. This will allow you to know and understand what curriculum is best suited for you and your family. If you make your own curriculum, it is important to ensure that you are providing an accredited education to your children.


Scheduling your homeschool day is a core element when it comes to the overall success of the program. If you want to provide your child with structure and smarts, work up a schedule that can encourage them to perform at their very best. I have found that it is best to have certain subjects on certain days, and to be flexible with the amount of time spent each day working on particular projects. Remember, your home is not a traditional brick and mortar school – you have the flexibility of homeschooling any time that you want! Remember to schedule in some fun time too!


As you can see, there are many things that you should do when it comes to gearing up for homeschooling. Here, you have been introduced to the basic fundamentals of preparing for this particular educational choice. Once you make the choice to go ahead and homeschool your child, you should then learn the rules and regulations in your city, county, and state. Once this is done, you should decide which curriculum is best for your family. Once this has been established, it is time to create a schedule. This is all it takes to start your career in the world of homeschooling!

So what do you think is important for someone considering homeschooling? Scroll to the bottom of the page to share your thoughts.

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