Starting to homeschool in the middle of the year isn’t something to be afraid of. In fact, a sizable percentage of all homeschoolers report having started homeschooling in the middle of a school year. Finding out “How to Homeschool Mid Year” isn’t a mystery either. You may ask why if someone isn’t satisfied with their current situation – a change is needed? If you are in that same place, this article is just for you!
Why Start Mid Year?
It’s not about the beginning of the year or middle of the year, but about your student and how well they are learning. If there is a clear deficit in the current learning situation, a change is necessary. The key to learning success is finding what enables the learner to reach their potential. Who is better qualified to take on this task than a parent? By starting to homeschool mid-year, your student will be on the road to learning success. No one wants to languish in a situation that is going nowhere!
How to Start Mid Year
A few simple steps are all that is needed to get started on the homeschool journey.
Check your state homeschool laws to make sure that you can and will be able to fulfill them. Take the necessary steps to complete all requirements before beginning to homeschool.
Learn Your child. Take time to understand how they learn, what their learning strengths are, and what they love to do. Combining all of these things will help motivate your student and unlock their potential.
Research Curriculum. This is such an important step. Find a curriculum that meets your criteria.
Fits your family lifestyle
Caters to your student’s learning style
A learning method they love! (online, textbook, videos)
Set your Schedule. Developing a homeschool schedule that fits your family lifestyle is an absolute must. Accommodate your rising time with your schedule. I’ve known some people who homeschool in the evenings because it suits them. Since you are starting mid-year, you’ll want to create your schedule to align with your curriculum; making sure to pick up where your student left off in school, and then plan daily lessons with a finish goal in mind. If your student needs to make up some work, now is the time to incorporate repeating/reviewing some lessons to make sure that they’ve mastered concepts.
Create clear measurable goals. Take the time to do this. Make a big goal for the year in each subject (learning area). Then make smaller goals for each semester or quarter. Revisit these goals throughout the year, and adjust them if necessary; don’t try to keep unrealistic goals.
Curriculum Suggestions for an Easy Mid Year Transition
Time4Learning – an award-winning online curriculum that teens enjoy. The high school curriculum correlates to state standards and is organized into courses that cover the subjects of language arts, math, social studies, and science, plus two electives. Foreign language courses including English (American), Spanish (Latin American), Chinese (Mandarin), Latin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Russian are also available for an additional fee. Courses are parent-supervised, student-paced, and designed to help students achieve college and career readiness.
Ambleside Online is a free homeschool curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own private and correspondence schools. Ambleside Online recommends the highest quality of books and most of the books could likely be found through a library loan system. The curriculum also uses as many free online books as possible, and there is no cost to use this website or join the support group.
Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. With over 2600 videos, they cover K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reach into other subjects with playlists on finance and history. Each video is approximately 10 minutes long, and learning is self-paced. Parents, as teachers, can see any student in detail, have a real-time class report for all students, and see resources for providing targeted interventions in learning if necessary.
Tips for Starting Mid Year
Though you may need to get started right away because of your situation, remember that you can take your time to address your student’s individual needs. In fact, it’s a great time to address any learning gaps that your teen may have. On the flip side, remember that as a homeschooler you can go at your own pace. This means that if your student is gifted, take the opportunity to fly!
As most veteran homeschoolers would say, “Don’t stress.” Homeschooling is a perfectly normal way of learning. It is also legal in all 50 states in the U.S. Homeschooling is a diverse yet amazing way to teach your child. The statistics show that homeschoolers score higher on the ACT/SAT than their evenly matched schooled peers, and homeschoolers are highly likely to succeed, which means – – that you’ve got this!
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]