There are a lot of reasons why parents decide to homeschool mid-year. In every case, these reasons will be different. But, each of us shares the common anxiety of finding out how to make this mid-year transition a success. We at LHSHS want to share our 5 tips for getting started in the middle of a school term. You’ll see it’s not hard; anyone can do it!
Make it legal. Make sure that your child is officially withdrawn from school and then check your state’s homeschool requirements and comply with whatever they require.
Find direction. Take some time to research the different homeschooling styles and curricula. Read reviews, ask questions on the LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com forums, and pick a program or mix of programs that best suit your student. It’s wise to hold off purchasing until you know for sure that the curriculum will meet your student’s learning needs and lifestyle.
Make a plan. Use the multitude of resources available at LetsHomeschoolHighSchool.com and other sites to chart out what you need to accomplish in your first year, how you’ll keep records, track progress, and how to best meet your overall educational goals.
Find local resources. Explore everything that your local area has to offer a homeschooler: support groups, learning cooperatives, courses and electives, homeschool athletic leagues, community service options, field trips, internships, and dual enrollment opportunities. And then GET INVOLVED!
Track your progress. One of the most important aspects of homeschooling is to keep good records, and for high school, that means transcripts. It’s very important to give each finished course an appropriate credit. Online schools will often take care of this for you, but you may still need to create a master transcript for your students.
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]