I never knew homeschooling could be so easy…and so rewarding!
Are you thinking that you may want to start Homeschooling? Maybe you have been thinking about it for a while, or maybe you don’t like what public school is producing for your child. Perhaps you are currently teaching and you are frustrated with the public school system, whether it’s the discipline issues, lack of time, too much paperwork, or the lies in the textbooks. Homeschooling can be one of the most rewarding and influential decision you can make for your children. Some parents think that homeschooling is not an option, either because of time or money.
One solution to this is to find something you’re passionate about and find a way to make money doing it while you homeschool. If one parent works and the other stays home, the stay-at-home parent could start a home business or do some sort of work from home that allows for homeschooling to happen. Sometimes, parents find themselves working just to pay for daycare, and then their kids end up being unruly and disobedient because of their surroundings at the daycare, school, or after-school program. I am here to tell you that you can start homeschooling and it could be the best decision you ever make for your children and their future!
Here are 6 Steps to Start Homeschooling
These 6 Steps to Start Homeschooling will give encouragement and the tools you need to get started with homeschooling.
Step 1: Don’t believe the lies about homeschooling
The world will say, “Homeschoolers aren’t social,” “Homeschoolers don’t have any friends,” or “Homeschoolers are awkward.” Most of the people that would say these things probably have not spent a lot of time with someone who has been homeschooled. Yes, there are some cases where homeschool children aren’t exposed to certain things or people, but that is the parent’s choice. Homeschool children can actually have lots of social activities, including weekly homeschool groups and communities, learning play-dates, field trips to museums, etc., and so much more!
You will be surprised by how much FREEDOM you and your children have when you decide to homeschool. Homeschool children can be exposed to more opportunities and real-life scenarios than most public school children will ever have. Some homeschool families choose to do most of their learning right at home, some choose to work a lot outside building or farming, some families learn the best by exploring, traveling, or visiting places. Children who are homeschooled tend to carry on in-depth conversations with other children and with adults. The reason we have children is so that we can love them, spend time with them, and train them up in the ways of the Lord. What better way to do this than to homeschool!
Step 2: Hear testimonies of actual homeschool families
One of the best ways to find out if homeschooling is right for you and your family is to listen to or watch testimonies from real families who are already homeschooling. One of the things that got my family interested and encouraged to homeschool was by watching several videos from the HSLDA youtube channel. The HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) is an amazing organization that has been advocating for homeschooling families since 1983. Watch this HSLDA Playlist for some other videos to help get you started.
Step 3: Find your passion and how to monetize from it
One way to remove the financial fears of homeschooling is to find something you are passionate about and start to monetize from it. Here is a small list of ways to make money at home:
- Sign up for Google Adsense and start a blog about a specific niche idea. Do you like to garden, knit, write music, cook, etc.? Start a blog and put ads on it! You can also sign up for an Amazon Affiliate account, which gives you a unique code. If someone clicks on a link using your affiliate code, you get paid a percentage of what the user ends up buying. So, if you have a blog about gardening, put your amazon affiliate link in your blog post for someone to go buy an Organic Seed Kit. If they use your link and buy it, you get paid!
- Make teaching resources and sell them on TeachersPayTeachers.com. You can make worksheets, activities, flash cards, songs, videos, and more and sell them on TPT. Many people are now making thousands of dollars each month selling resources on TPT.
- Sign up for Google Adsense and start making Youtube videos about something you’re passionate about. Galen Crew is a good friend of mine, who is a music artist in Nashville. He wanted to make some extra money, so he started a Youtube channel teaching people how to use Pro Tools to record music. He makes money from the Ads that show on his Youtube videos.
- Create, make, or build something you’re passionate about and try selling it on Etsy, eBay, or sell it locally.
- Homeschool other children. Some other families may be interested in paying you to homeschool their children. Charge a daily fee and take them in!
Step 4: Find local homeschool groups and communities
Depending on what type of homeschooling you think you’d like to do, there are lots of different groups and communities that you can be a part of. No matter where you live, it’s usually pretty easy to find local homeschool groups. Try asking your friends or looking for groups on Facebook. You may not think there are any local support groups, but once you start looking they will start coming out of the woodwork! Also, it’s always good to attend a Homeschool Expo or event in your state to browse through resources, hear testimonies and strategies, and get motivation. We recently attended the Teach Them Diligently Conference and go to a Classical Conversations class every Monday. Classical Conversations, or CC, is great for memorization facts for the first several years and then later applying all that knowledge by learning how to apply it and use it in the real world.
Step 5: Get the resources and tools you need to start homeschooling
There are so many different styles and methods of homeschooling. The best part is, you can choose which homeschooling method is best for you and your family! There are curriculums, workbooks, manipulatives, books, apps, songs, videos, lesson plans, and more. Don’t feel like you have to do it all or just do something because someone else thinks it’s the best. You decide what is best for your family. Here are a couple of things that helped me get started, along with some resources that I think are great for starting out:
- Character Education – The best place to start homeschool is with character education! Teaching good character, routines and procedures, positive behavior, consequences, and reinforcing discipline is the best place to start. Once you set a solid foundation for these things, teaching and learning will come naturally. When I was teaching public school, I would never have discipline issues in my class because I would always spend the first several weeks just going over Routines and Procedures, Consequences, and Character Education.
- Subjects and Resources – Depending on the age and level of your child, the resources and methods for teaching may vary. If you are just starting out with a Preschooler, try looking into Classical Conversations, Abeka, Math-U-See, Phonics Activities, Sight Words Flash Cards, Alphabet Videos, Guided Reading Books, and Have Fun Teaching Worksheets, Activities, and Videos.
Step 6: Stay disciplined and relax!
It is so important that you stay disciplined, both you as the parent and teacher and also your child. Discipline is essential for effective homeschooling, and is one of the benefits over public education. To Train Up A Child is a great book for learning about discipline and raising up your child the right way. It’s pretty intense, but amazing and effective! The other thing is just to RELAX! Homeschooling should be FUN! If you’re feeling stressed or don’t feel like you’re doing a good job, just make sure you have a local homeschool group and just go outside and play for a little while!
Remember why you had kids. For most of us, it was because we want to spend time with them, love them, and train them up in the right way! I hope these 6 steps to start homeschooling have helped you, or at least encouraged you to start thinking about homeschooling. It’s one of the best decisions you may ever make!