Ask a Homeschooler: Response to Alexis


Alexis asks:

“How do I get into homeschool classes?”

Thanks for asking, Alexis! Asking homeschool writers a question like this is like handing them golden reins. That said, I understand you’re just looking for information here. I’m also assuming by “classes” you are referring to any type of homeschool classes (bookwork, online, parent-led), not just ordinary classes you can take which are also open to homeschoolers.

The most important thing, before anything else, is to make sure your parents are willing and ready. Homeschool can be a management nightmare if you’re the only one that wants to be involved in your education, and many parents don’t have the time. Got this done? Alright.

The second thing to do is research state laws. You know: what you need on your transcript, which organizations you need to register with and so on. Following state laws is a big part of homeschool (you can’t just do what you want all willy-nilly). I would recommend looking up and reading this article.

The next part is the fun part! Well, the less boring part: look up different styles of homeschooling and start planning what you’d like to do next semester. In preparation for the future – – especially if college is in your future – –  the most important thing is you fill out your transcript. From a personal standpoint, the most important thing is that you have a fun, productive education that will prepare you for the rest of your life!

I also recommend you start planning your first homeschool semester really early. It takes time to order any necessary books/materials, make sure you’re using the right books/materials in the first place and iron out the wrinkles in that first few weeks of feeling like you have no idea what you’re doing. I started homeschooling way before high school, so I imagine that would be a little different for you.

Anyway, hopefully this is enough advice to get you started. If you or anyone else needs any more information, just let me know in the comments. Thanks! This is the Homeschool Survivor, signing out. Good luck, Alexis. To Ask a Homeschooler a question, just go to this page and ask away!


July 24, 2013

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