I’m sharing 4 tried and true ways how to plan your first homeschool year when you don’t know how to start. And having the right homeschool planner for your first-year matters.
You’ve left traditional school and your planning should now reflect your new homeschool life you’ve adopted.
However, your first year of homeschooling can be daunting for many reasons.
At the top of the list of concerns are how to find curriculum and how to plan.
Also, knowing what is important now to plan your new homeschool year and what can wait matters.
In addition, you’ll want to make changes throughout your first year.
Why? Now that you’re 1:1 tutoring you will have an excellent grasp on what your children truly know and don’t know.
First, this is the BEST piece of advice although some do not want to hear it.
Do not buy curriculum – yet.
Not only do I want you to have an incredible start, but want to help you save hundreds if not thousands of dollars too.
The point I’m making is that it’s just as important to know what not to do.
So, don’t let doubts, fears, and misconceptions keep you from making your first homeschool year memorable for the right reasons.
Too, it will take time to not only learn where homeschoolers hang out at, but to understand the new lingo.
After you grab the lingo to understand terms in the homeschool world, look at these 4 best ways to begin your year.
4 BEST Ways to Plan Your First Homeschool Year
First, know your local law, but also know how to meet it.
It’s one thing to read it but quite another thing to homeschool with the nuts and bolts of it each day.
Too, some homeschool laws are very relaxed and a first-time homeschooler may want more details.
However, know that with relaxed laws comes much homeschool freedom.
1. Know Your Local Law AND How to Meet It.
On the other hand, some states have very strict laws. Again, be familiar first with your local state law.
You can find out your state law in two ways;
- Find your state’s laws on this page with HSLDA and/or
- ask me right here or email me at tinahomeschools at gmail dot com. I’ve helped HUNDREDS get on the road to homeschooling and stay on it. I can help you too.
Next, it won’t take long to understand what is deschooling.
I know you’re eager to get started, but taking just a few days to make your foundation strong will benefit you your whole journey.
Not only do I have a wonderful video for you, but I have this post
2. Don’t Set Up Your Home Like a Public School Classroom. Deschool Next.
Taking your kids out of public school one day and begin homeschooling the next day is a common rookie mistake.
At this point, take time to change to a relaxed mindset and clearly understand how a homeschool method is VERY different from a traditional public school approach.
If you don’t want to repeat the same mistakes at home that weren’t working in public school, you need to know how to deschool.
Thereafter, you want to move quickly to understand how homeschool curriculum is organized.
3. Save yourself HUNDREDS of dollars by knowing how curriculum is organized in the homeschool world.
Having a basic grasp of the top 5 approaches, new homeschoolers can conquer overwhelm and tame the curriculum beast.
Also, look at my online self-paced course Teaching the Stages of Homeschool. You’ll learn From PreK to High School, Learn at a Bird’s-Eye View of What Subjects to Teach & When to Teach Them
Finally, the best way to begin with choosing curriculum is to begin with free to inexpensive curriculum.
4. Begin teaching your children with inexpensive curriculum until you know how your children learn best.
As I mentioned the outset, you’ll have a better pulse on how your children learn best, but until you tutor you don’t know their strengths and weaknesses.
Also, I have my first time homeschooler kickstarter course.
Moreover, here are more posts t help you.
- BEST Free Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum With A Gentle Approach (List)
- Free Middle School Science Curriculum and Magazine,
- and Free Middle and High School Homeschool Language Arts.