I know, it’s only August, right? Why are we talking about planning already? Meh… But as most veteran homeschoolers know, it’s time to face the music. If you want your books and supplies here in time to start schooling, this month’s for you!
So, to get everyone motivated and in the spirit of things, we’re gonna answer homeschool’s top 10 planning questions. Let’s get started…
Simply put – How do you get started?Well, that’s a different answer for each of the 50 states. Your first step as a self-declared homeschooler is to check out your state’s regulations and make sure that you comply. Second, explore your kids. Make sure you know how they learn, what makes them tick, and their favorite way to learn. Third, explore your options. Find out the various methods and ways other people homeschool and decide what would fit your needs. Fourth, explore your philosophy. What is it that you want from homeschooling? Write it all down, then when you’re wondering why you’re doing this… pull it out! Finally, explore your resources. There are so many absolutely awesome tools for homeschoolers now. Find resources that line up with your kids, methods, and philosophy.
CAN I even teach my highschooler if I’m not qualified in the subject matter?I can honestly answer a resounding YES! Like I mentioned before, there are so many amazing resources for homeschoolers that make it possible for anyone to homeschool. If you are worried about teaching the class yourself, you can find a tutor, join a homeschool co-op, use an online course, online resources, online teacher directed course, or video based course. In each of these methods, your student is getting the information from a different source and doing the work at home.
Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]