3 Simple Steps  to Start Homeschooling

We’ve done the research so you can jump in and get going fast!

1. Plan

It’s easier than you think to get started! Let’s begin with the basics.

Understand the homeschooling laws in your area. Click on your state to get answers to the following questions:

  • Do I have to notify my school district that I’m homeschooling?
  • Is testing required?
  • Do I need any special qualifications?
  • Do I have to keep records of attendance, test results, or anything else?
  • Does my state have a required number of days or hours of instruction?

Your next two discoveries are the most exciting! They are the keys to finding what works for you and your child. Let us guide you through the process:

2. Enjoy

Homeschooling's superpower — it adapts to fit your kid and your family.

This is the fun part! Choose your curriculum, and think of it as a guide for your child’s love of learning.

  • You've got lots of options! Start here! From ready-to-use
    curriculum packages to DIY ideas. And of course, user reviews!
  • Here's a whole bunch of budget-friendly tips to source your curriculum needs!

Next, create a schedule that supports your family rhythm and come up with a plan everyone can lean into. Here's how three homeschool moms make it work:

3. Celebrate and Connect!

Display artwork on the fridge! Showcase handwriting practice, math pages, and best efforts, too. Encourage older kids to read their writing aloud or share musical compositions with grandparents via Skype.

Celebrate and highlight your students’ growth and achievement. Then, partner with your kids in re-evaluating and changing anything that isn’t working. By modelling flexibility and a growth mindset, your children will see how a positive and creative approach makes things work.

Joining a community of homeschooling parents is crucial to sustaining your motivation and energy all year long. Connect with a mentor on our Facebook page. We encourage you to find support and build connections through social media groups, your own circle of friends, and homeschool advocacy groups like those found here.

We’re here to walk you through every step of the way. You’re not alone, and you really have got this!

If you're looking for a little extra help with either legal questions or 1-on-1 consultation, becoming an HSLDA member is your best next step. A team of seasoned legal professionals and homeschool moms with deep expertise in early years and special needs can be just a phone call away — join today.

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