Momisteaching received a question about how to start homeschooling, and asked people to comment on her blog. Here’s my response. Enjoy!
1) This is the first, and most important step when starting homeschooling. Get it out of your head that someone’s going to hold your hand and show you the way to get to A->B->C—->Z. If you want that, homeschooling is not right choice.
2) Find out what your laws are in your area. A search for “homeschool” and “yourstate” will give you many results. Look at several of the websites, not just one.
3) When you did that search for your local laws, you probably found a website or two for support groups in your state. Look all over their websites, and join their online/offline groups. Get to know the people in your area. If the group you joined doesn’t seem right, search for another until you find one that fits. If any groups tries to tell you “this is the right way to homeschool” run far, far away.
4) Time to get to the library/bookstore/Amazon and find yourself some books on homeschooling and education. Not all helpful books will have the words “homeschooling” in them. Books like “In Their Own Way” and “Dumbing Us Down” are excellent books about *learning* and education that will help a lot in homeschooling. So check out the homeschooling section, but also education. If you aren’t sure which books to get, check out A2ZHome’sCool.
5) Attend a conference. Take your kids. They are fun and educational.
6) Do NOT buy curriculum. Not right away. Deschool first.
That should get you on a pretty good start. The most important thing – enjoy the journey! If homeschooling is painful, take a vacation. Homeschooling should never be painful.