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Strategies for Newbie Homeschoolers

1. Write your vision and goals down. Verba volant, scripta manent. That’s Latin for “Spoken words fly away, but written words remain.” This will help you for those moments when you:

  • can’t remember why you decided to homeschool or
  • need to see the big picture or
  • must put theory aside and actually achieve something.

In the words of Tom Fleming, “That which gets written, gets done.”

2. Learn about different curricula. The options can be overwhelming, so give yourself time to research at your own pace. Keep notes on what you find out. For young children, you do not need a curriculum. Really. Carefully choose children’s books from the library and read to them at least 30 minutes a day.

3. Attend a used curriculum sale. You will discover that all homeschoolers do not have seven children, really long skirts and even longer hair. Besides, you might find some bargains. How can you go wrong when you purchase a textbook for $.50?

4. Join a support group. Don’t homeschool in a vacuum. If you do, you will get lonely, bored, and burned out. Homeschooling is the path less taken. Stick together with the few brave ones who are on the same journey as you. In a support group, you will find a mix of newbies and veterans. You can learn from all and, on the other hand, you can serve the group with your talents, e.g. teaching an instrument or a subject, bringing a warm dish to parent support night, or coordinating the LEGO Club.