How to Start Homeschooling

There is not just one way to homeschool your children. A lot of people have different styles and approaches. But from our observations it seems that most people fall into one of three categories. See if one of these fits you:

  1. Your top concern is a diploma
    If you choose not to attend a traditional school, you select a curriculum package that is already setup for you by an outside school (online or correspondence school) and follow it. The outside school will issue your credentials.

    If your school district offers a homeschool program, you may decide to follow the prescribed curriculum set up by your local school district. Your children can do their school work at home and still be able to graduate with an official diploma from your school district.

  2. Somewhat independent
    You select your own curriculum (using a set of texts and lessons from one or multiple publishers), but you make sure it falls into the general guidelines of your state. You may have an evaluator (certified teacher) come to look at what you are doing, or have meeting with your local educational officer to make sure you are meeting the requirements for graduation and the equivalent of a diploma. Sometimes the evaluating organization will offer a diploma as an equivalent, but it is not necessarily the same thing as the traditional one.
  3. You want to do it all yourself
    You are not that concerned with diploma-like recognition. You set the curriculum, pace and lessons. Many people refer to this style of homeschooling as "unschooling". You realize that a few colleges may have issues trying to evaluate your system, but so be it. Many homeschoolers that take this approach often decide to pursue a GED.

Tips On Getting Started

Here is a good checklist to help you get started homeschooling:

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