Whether you are just beginning or are still in the planning stages, the resources in this section will help you get started down the road to homeschooling! They will provide you with resources that will answer your most basic questions, and guide you in your decision-making process.
- Why should I homeschool?
- Am I qualified to homeschool?
- What are the legal requirements for homeschooling in my state?
- What exactly do I need to teach my children? What materials will be useful?
- Where can I find other homeschoolers in my area? Is there support?
- How can I provide an environment where my child can interact with other children?
- Can I find out more about my child's learning style and choose a curriculum to match?
Why should I homeschool?
There are as many reasons for homeschooling as there are homeschool families! Everyone who chooses homeschooling has their own unique reasons and family situation that informs their decision to homeschool. Some families live in a remote or rural area that is not easily accessible to a school. Others have religious beliefs that they wish to nurture in the home environment. School violence and learning difficulties have also influenced the growing homeschool population. In a world full of divorce and family separation, homeschooling provides families a way to reconnect.
- Homeschooling and the Power of Play by Elizabeth Kanna
- Virtual Schools Provide the Power of Choice by Elizabeth Kanna
- The Ten Most Important Things You Need to Know About Homeschooling by Elizabeth Kanna
- HEM's Homeschooling Information and Resource Guide- Send for this free guidebook from Home Education Magazine.
- Revelations of a Homeschooing Mom
- Hanging On To What Makes Homeschooling Distinctive
Am I qualified to homeschool?
Yes! You have credentials that you probably have not even thought of. You have already been your children's teacher for the first years of their lives. You love your children, and know them better than anyone else. Because you are considering homeschooling, you show the desire to do whatever it takes to obtain the best possible education for your child. With online resources, support groups and a little research, you are not only qualified, but you are most likely the best teacher for your child!
- What You Should Know to Homeschool from the Home Educators Association of Virginia
- Thinking of Homeschooling?
What are the legal requirements for homeschooling in my state?
Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Each state has set its own laws and regulations, so it is important to research what the laws are in your state.
What exactly do I need to teach my children? What materials will be useful?
There is a wealth of information online on homeschooling materials. Once you have researched and chosen a homeschool approach, you will have another level of understanding of the types of materials that you will need.
- Finding Homeschool Support on the Internet
- The Homeschool Resource Guide
- Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum
Where can I find other homeschoolers in my area? Is there support?
Today, homeschoolers have the opportunity to choose or combine online support groups and local support groups. Choose the mode of support that best suits your needs!
- Electronic Homeschooling Support: A Warmly Human Endeavor by Teri Brown, Home Education Magazine
- Homeschool Support Groups - From Homeschool World
- About.com's Support Groups Page
How can I provide an environment where my child can interact with other children?
Is school the agent for socialization? Or is social development built on the self esteem of a positive learning environment, whether that is school or home learning? Homeschooled children can participate in extra-curricular activities, sports, and homeschool learning groups. Socialization is one of the most hotly debated and defended homeschool issue.
Can I find out more about my child's learning style and choose a curriculum to match?
Understanding your children's learning styles is an important part of finding a homeschool approach and curriculum that will best suit their needs.
- Let's learn about learning styles!
- Children's Learning Styles
- Multiple Intelligence Theory
- Choosing A Curriculum