Are you thinking about homeschooling your children but not sure if you should? Are you afraid of screwing up your kids education if you tried to homeschool? Do you have so many questions about homeschooling but have no one or nowhere to turn to for answers? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. In fact, these were the very questions I was asking myself as I scoured for homeschool resources.
When I made the decision to homeschool I thought it would come easy to me since I was a teacher. However, I was wrong. Yes, I could teach but I had no idea how to choose the right curriculum or what subjects I would have to teach at certain levels.
I also did not know any of the state or city laws for homeschooling never mind the requirements for ‘proving’ your children’s mastery. It was July of 2013 and I had a month to learn everything I could before handing in my Notice of Intent to the city’s school division and preparing the boys for their first year of homeschooling.
But I did it and after four years of homeschooling, I found 8 essential homeschool resources that I feel every first-time homeschooler should access and read before homeschooling. These resources can help with your decision to homeschool as well as guide you to finding the perfect curriculum for your family. I’ve also included information about the Charlotte Mason style, a popular homeschool teaching style.
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Homeschool Resources for Those Who are Unsure About Homeschooling
This is a great resource. There are step by step instructions to help prepare for homeschooling. There is also a part in the book to help you work through your doubts about homeschooling.
2. The second resource I recommend is visiting your state’s Department of Education (DOE) website. Here you can find all the requirements you need to register your child(ren) for homeschooling. Your state may also offer virtual academies to help homeschoolers you are uncomfortable taking on the role of teacher. To find your state’s DOE their website, click here for the U.S. Department of Education’s state department locator.
3. The next resource I suggest visiting is your state’s homeschool association. These organizations have a wealth of information and resources about homeschooling within your state. You can find homeschool laws and requirements for your state and city districts. They are a great source to help you get started.Click here to tweet these 8 Essential Resources for First Time Homeschoolers!Click To Tweet
My state’s homeschool association sends me newsletters when a law has changed, dates and places of homeschooling conventions as well as family picnics for getting together with other homeschool parents. I especially like receiving my monthly field trip suggestions newsletter where they send me a list of places that cater to homeschoolers and even provide discounts.
You can find your state’s homeschool association by visiting the Homeschool Legal Defense Association at www.hslda.org
Homeschool Resources for Choosing Curriculum
4. If you are in need of curriculum but do not know where to start, I recommend visiting Cathy Duffy Reviews. You can find almost every subject here with curriculum reviews and prices
5. However, if you need help finding the right style of teaching and curriculum that matches that, you may want to purchase Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. I actually purchased her book, 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum when I first started and I was glad I did. It is still my go-to book when I am looking for curriculum every year.
For first timers, I suggest getting the book. In it, she outlines all the different teaching styles and matches the curriculum to that type. This is how I learned about the Charlotte Mason style which I use for some of our subjects.
Homeschool Resources for the Charlotte Mason Style
6. When you start homeschooling you will most likely hear about the Charlotte Mason teaching style. If you have chosen this style or parts of it like I have, then you will want to visit: simplycharlottemason.com. This website explains in great detail this method of teaching. I especially love their CM ‘living’ book finder.
7. You can even catch Sonia Shafer, one of Simply Charlotte’s owner, on YouTube explaining step by step how to use this method for different subjects. I suggest watching her video where she shows an audience of homeschooling parents how to teach art to children using the CM method. Click here to see this clip.
8. Another site to check out is Debra Reed’s notebookingpages.com. Here she provides assorted pages to use in your homeschool. Although, it is geared toward the Charlotte Mason approach, you can use these pages for any style and for almost every subject.
I purchased her lifetime membership four years ago and have to say that it was worth it. With your membership you’ll receive free samples of curriculum from other vendors to try out as well a year free to her web app where you can create your own notebooking pages using her templates.
So, there you have it readers. My top 8 resources for first time homeschoolers. Also, don’t forget to try your local library. I not only get most of my books from there but they also have a ‘homeschool meet and greet’ a couple of times a month. They also have many fun and educational events that my boys get to take part in.
Bonus: There is a ton of information on the web for homeschooling but having to find the most helpful ones is frustrating. This is why I have included a free printable with more homeschool resources than I have listed here.
I hope you found this post helpful. I will continue to add and update this post when I find other useful resources. And if you have a fifth or sixth grader, I have listed below reviews of curriculum we are using or have used.
- 5th Grade History Curriculum Reviews
- 6th Grade Mid-Year Curriculum Reviews
- 5th Grade English Curriculum Reviews
- 5th Grade Science Curriculum Reviews
If you have any questions about homeschooling, please feel free to ask below in the comments section. I will be glad to answer any question and/or point you to a reliable resource.
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