The decision to homeschool is not always an easy one.
Depending on where you live, the first thing you need to do is find out what legal requirements are involved.
But, don’t worry. It’s not hard.
A simple Google search will lead you to almost everything you need.
If you feel overwhelmed, a Facebook search for Homeschooling Groups in your area (country, state or town) will help you get in contact with homeschoolers who have been where you are right now.
You will also find Worldwide Homeschooling Groups.
Other homeschoolers are always ready and willing to help a newbie.
You will, most likely, come across people (principal, teachers, friends, family members) who won’t support your decision.
This is when you’ll really need your online support network of homeschoolers.
Also, try to join a local homeschooling group.
You and your child will be welcome to attend meet-ups and events even before you take the step of unenrolling your child from mainstream school.
Meeting other homeschoolers will give you a confidence boost, reassurance, and encouragement.
You and your children will also make some amazing new friends.
Always remember, you know your child/ren best. You can do what you believe is right for your children and your family – no matter what anyone else says.
Before jumping in, becoming confused and possibly buying a curriculum that may not be right for your child, check out the free resources available online.
Ezy Math Tutoring has free worksheets for all grades (including answer sheets).
Teach Your Children Well has over 1000 math worksheets (plus answer sheets) for K-6
Math Salamanders has free math worksheets, games and help for preschool – 5.
Dads Worksheets has free printable math worksheets for K-8.
Student Handouts has free math, English and more for K-8.
Busy Teacher has over 17,000 free printable worksheets and lesson plans for English.
Teachers Pay Teachers has 1000’s of worksheets in all subjects for PK – 12. Check out the free ones first as some cost a few dollars.
Homeschooling Ideas has free worksheets for math, English, science and more.
These are just some of the many available and should reassure you that homeschooling does not cost a fortune.
Again, congratulations. Even just thinking about homeschooling can be daunting.
If you have further questions or want more in-depth information, check out my blog post, Homeschooling High School – Tips for Beginners.
The information in the post relates to all levels.
Whatever you decide,
Enjoy the Journey
Author: Lara Galea
Lara is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and homeschooler. When not helping others with their journey, she is either reading, binge-watching Netflix or creating havoc in the kitchen.