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How to Start Homeschooling

Updated: May 28

So you have decided to home educate your kids. Now what?

This is when you start to figure out how you are going to home educate. How do you want to do it? What is this going to look like in your home and in your life? What are the methods of homeschooling? How do they work? How do you know which one is right for you? What are the laws you must follow in your state?

Break the Mold Each family has unique interests, goals, strengths, weaknesses, circumstances, values, and needs. It is important to find something that works for you, your child, and your family. This will be different than what works for other homeschool families. Do NOT buy a curriculum or go with a certain method just because it has worked for another family that you admire. Trying to fit yourself and your kids into someone else’s box will put undue stress and fatigue on you. It could shake your confidence and lead you to doubt your decision to home educate.


This is the time to listen to podcasts, read books, chat with other homeschool families, explore options and resources and learn all about the various homeschool methods. Statheros Academy has a myriad of options to help you do this. Listen to our How to Start Homeschooling Podcast (Part 1 and Part 2 because there is just too much to cover in one session!), join our private Facebook group, read our blog posts, download our free Guide to the Seven Major Homeschool Styles, and reach out to our experienced Homeschool Coaches for help.

Think Local Familiarize yourself with how homeschooling works in your area. You need to understand your state laws and which groups are available so you can get connected with other homeschoolers near you. Some states dictate mandatory portfolio reviews, graduation requirements, testing, record keeping, instruction hours, and more. Some states require less, and some states don’t require anything. Each state’s homeschool laws are different so be sure you review and understand the laws that apply to you. Learn about homeschooling laws on our Local Info page. If your state isn't listed yet, check around with local homeschool groups in your area to ensure you are following the law. Regardless of your political/religious affiliation, HSLDA is an organization you will want to utilize. Consider getting a membership with them, use our code 301171 to score a great discount on your membership! The value is priceless. Make a Mission Statement Consider making a mission statement and exploring your "why". It is important to keep in mind the reasons you decided to homeschool, why it is important to you, and your long-term goals. You will have hard days and question your decision to homeschool. Your mission statement will act as a compass to help you stay the course when life as a homeschooling family gets stormy. Check out our podcast on making a mission statement and understanding your why.

What Suits You? Learn about the different homeschool styles and methods. Think about which one (or more) will fit your family best. Some people like to use one specific method, while others like to combine aspects of the different methods.

This is a learning process for everyone, and it is very likely that you will try different things, so have a lot of grace for yourself. Understand this is a fluid process that you and your kids will figure out together as you go and grow.

Consider these things when you are making your decisions: What do you think/how do you feel about the following:

  • worksheets

  • reading aloud?

  • textbooks?

  • child led learning?

  • hands on projects?

  • curriculum?

  • family learning the same subjects at the same time, all together?

  • Do you want to make your own lesson plans or purchase them ready made?

  • What do you envision your role as the primary educator to be? Is it to teach and instruct, or facilitate learning and manage the learning environment?

You've got this new homeschool mama! As you embark on this exciting journey of homeschooling, remember that flexibility, patience, and a genuine love for learning will be your greatest assets. Embrace the opportunity to tailor your child's education to their unique needs, interests, and learning styles, and don't be afraid to think outside the box and get creative with your approach. Surround yourself with a supportive community of fellow homeschoolers, educators, and resources, and remember that you are not alone on this journey. Stay open-minded, stay adaptable, and above all, cherish the precious moments spent learning and growing together with your child. Here's to the beginning of an incredible adventure filled with discovery, growth, and endless possibilities!

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