Interested in how to homeschool? There are so many ways! That is the absolute best part about homeschooling! You get to pick and choose and experiment to see what works best for you and none are right or wrong. Experimenting and using trial and error can help you figure what is best for your family.
Listen, we are two teachers who choose to homeschool and we know that it can seem overwhelming. I can’t tell you how many people that I’ve spoken to that tell me:
“I thought about homeschooling, but it just seems so overwhelming.”
“I don’t think I could do a good job at teaching my kids.”
Yes, you can! I promise! If you care, you can! The internet is filled with unlimited resources that can help you not only plan, but also ensure you are giving your child a quality, custom education. And we are here to provide even more.
Right now, we are homeschooling our 2nd grader, who also has Sensory Processing Disorder, and our Kindergartner. We also have a very spritely little 2 year old running around. It is crazy. It is wild. But it is so rewarding. When you see it click, when you help them through the struggle, when you are there for those little, but so BIG moments. It is everything. If you are wondering how much time to spend homeschooling each day, I have just the post for you here.
One amazing way to keep the engines firing is to stay super organized. We’ve done a lot of the hard work for you. After a few successful academic years, we’ve put together a Homeschool Schedule For Elementary Students. It’s flexible, printable, and you can absolutely customize it. What works for one family, may not work for another, but our schedule should serve as a nice template to get you rolling along.
Included in that schedule is room for great starter activities. One that we swear by is our Calendar Math: Homeschool Morning Routine. Even our crazy kids function better when they know what’s coming next. Back in my days in the classroom, I remember the old saying that good classroom runs itself. Meaning, if you drop dead (or were crying under your desk) the students would know what to do, step by step. My little wild ones have come to learn that we always begin with the same morning routine (even if they still complain about it).
On top of routines and schedules, there are some is a definitive set of items that we call our School Supply List: Homeschool Must Haves. We sometimes alter lessons on the fly, and that’s the beauty of homeschooling. But nothing derails a great idea like not having the materials you need to achieve it. Keeping a nice cabinet or two full of important supplies will allow you more flexibility in planning, and prevent you from scrambling and losing the attention of the kid(s).
Also, don’t overlook the importance of a solid homeschool portfolio for each of your students. It’s an important tool for showcasing their work, and for ensuring that you are abiding by your state’s requirements. Some states even require a portfolio be reviewed by a licensed teacher at the end of each year. Check out our post called How to Make a Homeschool Portfolio to see how we tackle our own portfolios.
If you’re in Florida like us – and you’re ready to become a homeschooling family, see our entry called How to Homeschool in Florida. The post includes important documents to get you started like a sample “letter of intent” and a printable check-list.
Stock Up On Supplies
The essence of a productive homeschool day and year is a vision. With the right supplies, daily routines, and a hearty schedule, you will feel like you are in the driver’s seat–even if that seat is being kicked by a cranky kid behind you. While we’re at it, check out our guide to Free Teaching Materials From Companies & Organizations.
The teacher in me is a planner. Since we began homeschooling three years ago I have always created my own lessons. Each year I download the state standards for the grades we are tackling and I plan accordingly. I love that I am able to tailor my lessons to align with the different learning styles my children have (and that sometimes changes!), and change it up as we needed. This year I created this website so we can help other families! I will upload the lessons that align with our state standards (the states are pretty much the same as far as standards go) and any printables that I create will also be available, all for free.
Safety First, Even For Homeschoolers
On a final note, today’s world is far different than the one we remember. School safety has suddenly been thrust to the forefront. Yes, we homeschool, so we are extremely fortunate. Sometimes, though, you can find yourself in a dangerous situation in public, so we came up with a great plan for How to Protect Your Children During A Mass Shooting or Terrorist Attack. It’s uncomfortable to talk about, but we did the research to find the most logical ways to keep you and your precious littles safe in the event of a nightmare scenario. If we must be prepared, then we must prepare for EVERYTHING.
Thank you so much for stopping by our site. Please reach out if you need any guidance. We are here to support other families and help them succeed! Make homeschool fun and enjoy the time together!
Don’t forget to search for homeschool co-ops in your area. Not sure where to start? See our entry entitled “What is a Homeschool Co-Op.”