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⭐️⭐️⭐️ How to Homeschool Series + GIVEAWAYS !! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
July & August, 2020
To kick off the new How to Start Homeschooling series here on Proverbial Homemaker, we’re doing 13+ GIVEAWAYS over the next 5 weeks! Be sure to sign up for emails so you don’t miss anything. You’ll get to hear from some of my top favorite curriculum resources as well as some great ones that are new to me!
- Read the post below for 10 steps on how to start homeschooling!
- For each of the steps, a detailed post will be written to help launch you into homeschooling.
- ENTER THE GIVEAWAYS! We’ll have 3 bundle giveaways, and more than 10 individual giveaways throughout the series. I’ll update this post with links as each giveaway goes live!
LIVE Giveaways (updated 7/21/20)
- Bundle Giveaway #1 ($320+ value) at the bottom of this post – Beautiful Feet Books, SkillTrek, Music in Our Homeschool, and Proverbial Homemaker
- Bible Road Trip ($200+ value) & Tools for Homeschool Prayer
- Rainbow Resources 3-Winner Group Giveaway & 6 Things You Need to Know About Homeschool Laws
- Bundle Giveaway #2 ($700+ value!) – Get a pep talk to overcome your homeschool fears, then enter to win a giveaway with resources from The Homeschool Garden, SchoolhouseTeachers, Bible Road Trip, The Homegrown Preschooler, Kirkwood Education, Common Sense Press, and The Homemaker’s Friend!
- SkillTrek Giveaway + How to “Deschool”
- Schoolhouse Teachers Giveaway + Learning Styles in Children (and strategies for teaching each one)
- Bundle Giveaway #3 ($1,075+ value) & Tips for Teaching Multiple Grades
- More coming soon!
- Bible Road Trip (A favorite of mine for many years!)
- The Homeschool Garden (A new favorite I’m excited about!)
- Schoolhouse Teachers
- The Homegrown Preschooler
- Our Journey Westward
- Homemaker’s Friend
- Music in Our Homeschool
- SkillTrek Life Skills Curriculum
- Proverbial Homemaker
- Beautiful Feet Books
- Common Sense Press
- Kirkwood Education
- I see, I Spell, I Learn
- State History with a Christian Perspective
- Carole Roman
- And more!
I remember the first time I heard about homeschooling. I was completely surprised! There are kids who don’t go to school each day? Their parents teach them at home? Is that even legal? *mind blown* Very soon I found out that not only was it legal, but it was actually fairly common — and it ended up being exactly what my husband and I wanted to do in our family.
Fast forward 15 years and we are heading into our 9th year of homeschooling, with our oldest moving into 7th grade. Lord willing, we’ll homeschool through high school, too! But I remember in those early days being so unsure of how to go about educating our children.
There’s a lot to learn about homeschooling and it can sometimes feel like drinking from the information fire hose! Every year now it is my pleasure to walk parents through the steps to get started on their new homeschool journey. You don’t have to do this alone!
Perhaps you’re just starting to think about homeschooling. Maybe you’re in your first year or so and are still figuring out the ropes. Either way, my hope is that this series of posts here at Proverbial Homemaker will help you started homeschooling with confidence!
How to Start Homeschooling in 10 Steps
It’s really easy these days to get overwhelmed with all the things you have to know in order to homeschool successfully. But if you’re looking for a simple checklist, I’ve got your back. Here are 10 steps on how to start homeschooling that will help you navigate those options well and start your first homeschool year strong!
1) Pray for Peace and Guidance
Don’t skip past this point. Really spending time seeking the Lord in our homeschool is something that gets brushed aside WAY too often, and it’s definitely the most important step.
Thank God for the opportunity to teach and train your kids at home. Ask Him for peace and clarity as you venture into this new journey. Pray for guidance in both the big picture and in all the details. Keep coming back to prayer each step of the way!
2) Determine Homeschool Laws & Requirements
Every state has different homeschool laws. You’ll need to research your state laws and know what is required in order to meet them. HSLDA and your state homeschool organization are the best places to find this information.
3) Break Out of the Box and Find Homeschool Freedom
Unless you were homeschooled yourself, you’re likely to fall into the trap of trying to replicate public school at home. It’s ok. You’re not alone. But NOW is the perfect time to break out of that public school box!
Homeschooling comes with so much more freedom and flexibility. Spend some time “deschooling” and building up your own unique homeschool groove.
4) Understand Learning Styles & Your Children’s Needs
When you homeschool, you are creating a custom education for your children that they’ll never get in a public school. You become a student of your child, maximizing their strengths, coaching them through their weaknesses, and helping them grow.
Knowing their primary learning style (auditory, visual, or kinesthetic) can really help in crafting their education and choosing curriculum as well!
5) Explore Homeschool Methods (but don’t get stuck in one)
There are several ways to teach your children and methods of homeschool education. Classical, Charlotte Mason, traditional, unit studies, Montessori, and so on. You can think through your own goals and preferences to evaluate which ones best suit you and your family.
Just remember that homeschool methods, like curriculum, are simply tools available to you for educating your children. You don’t need to worry about picking the “right” one and locking into it for life. (Detailed post coming soon.)
6) Choose Homeschool Curriculum & Resources
Picking a curriculum is usually the FIRST thing new homeschoolers want to figure out. That’s ok, too. It’s pretty fun to do and spending time browsing will help you become familiar with what resources are available to you.
Eventually, however, you’ll slap down some hard-earned cash for materials. Knowing what your goals, budget, teaching style, learning styles, and worldview considerations are ahead of time can really help you make a good choice. (Detailed post coming soon.)
7) Create a Homeschool Schedule (or not)
If you search online for how to start homeschooling you’re likely to come across beautiful school rooms and color-coded schedules with all the subjects and students neatly laid out. If that’s your jam, you can totally do that! We get to do what works.
But if you’re worried that you’re not organized or self-disciplined enough to homeschool (fist bump) don’t worry one bit. Every homeschool looks different, including how (or even if) we schedule our work! Keep playing with different ideas until you find the approach that helps you thrive. (Detailed post coming soon.)
8) Plan Your Homeschool Year (at least a little)
Again, there is a lot of flexibility and variety among families when it comes to homeschool planning. Some folks like to schedule out their entire year. That may depend your personality, state homeschool laws, other responsibilities, and what materials you’re using.
Personally, I like to draft a rough sketch of the coming year, plan some projects and field trips each quarter, and then just write down what we actually DO every month. But at the very least, I recommend doing step #10 below as part of your yearly planning. (Detailed post coming soon.)
9) Define Your Homeschool Goals & Vision
Now, this is something that you would think should be earlier in the process of how to start homeschooling. However, when you’re just starting out, you may not quite KNOW what your goals and vision are. Not to worry.
Prayerfully working through all these steps will help you craft your goals and vision/mission for your homeschool. They will become your North star, guiding you back to sanity and peace when the day (or week) gets rough or you hit major challenges. (Detailed post coming soon.)
10) Relax, Homeschool Mom!
Yes, it’s new territory and you’re on a learning curve. Yes, you’ll have some detours along the way. But you’ve totally got this.
Homeschooling isn’t EASY (nothing worthwhile is) but it’s really not nearly as complicated as you think it is. You don’t have to get everything “right.” This is a journey and a learning experience for you as much as it is for your kids and it can be GREAT!
One day, just like with parenting, you’ll look back on these first years with the confidence of experience. Take things in baby steps and remember to show yourself and your children heaps of grace! (Detailed post coming soon.)
There are other helpful topics that I’ve been asked to share more about, such as managing the house while you homeschool, homeschooling for free and frugal, preparing for high school and college, etc. I have added those things to my to-do list of articles and welcome any more requests!
But THESE TEN STEPS on how to start homeschooling will launch you well into the coming year. I’m looking forward to sharing more detailed articles for each step in the next few weeks. I hope they are a blessing to you!
As always, if I can pray for you or if you want some input on a particular topic, feel free to email me. May the Lord bless your family and your homeschool year, friends!
Enter to Win These Bundle Giveaways!
Over the next 5 weeks, I’ll be adding bundle giveaways. The first one is live now with over $300 in prizes! Be sure to check the steps above – each one will have a post published with even MORE giveaways! 🙌 Make sure you sign up for emails so you don’t miss the 13+ other giveaways I’ll be posting through August!
This is a fantastic giveaway bundle to launch this series with and i hope it blesses you! Here’s what’s in Bundle #1:
Beautiful Feet – Early American History Primary Jumbo Pack ($245.95 value)
We have so enjoyed Beautiful Feet Books over the years. This is a wonderful set to study early American history! “Sure to ignite curiosity about our nation’s history, this newly revised and updated Early American History Through Literature study will take you and your K-3 students through the first Indigenous people of the Americas, the Vikings discovery of America, the exploration, colonization, settlement, and establishment of the United States. Spanning 1000 AD to the mid-1800’s this guide makes teaching this literature-rich study easy and fun! Find out more here.
- 94 Lessons.
- 2-3 lessons per week for a one-year study.
- 1-2 lessons per week for a two-year study.
SkillTrek Coupon Code ($34.95 Value)
Use for your choice of products from SkillTrek! My kids really enjoy the life skills lessons they provide and we put them into our older children’s homeschool loop schedules so they’re sure to happen regularly.
You can either use their online annual membership like we do or you can get SkillTrek Express downloads to focus on the levels you want. Click here to find out more about each SkillTrek option and get an idea of what skills are taught.
With your $34.95 code you can get one of the SkillTrek leveled Express kits free or deeply discounted, or apply the $34.95 code toward your first year/quarter membership of the interactive online curriculum!
American Music for Elementary is from another favorite resource of mine – Music In Your Homeschool! This course is a really fun, click-and-go, super easy-to-use online course where your students will be introduced to composers and styles of American Music. Learn about composers from Stephen Foster (“Camptown Races) to Pasek and Paul (“Greatest Showman”).
There are 36 lessons, so this is great to go along with your year of American History. Each lesson could be completed in a day (about 30 minutes) or split the lesson up and spread it throughout the week on the two or three days you want to focus on music.
Also included are notebooking pages so your elementary-aged child can keep an American Music Notebook, as well as online quizzes.
The Prayerful Homeschool from Proverbial Homemaker ($14.00 Value)
And now a little something from me! 🙂 The Prayerful Homeschooler is a 70-page eBook that takes you through 8 areas of your family and homeschool life and helps you pray for them.
You’ll also find worksheets to help you pinpoint areas that need prayer the most, a 12-day homeschool mom’s prayer journal, 8 beautiful scripture coloring pages, and a 30-day prayer calendar!
By entering this giveaway you agree to sign up for Proverbial Homemaker emails (if you aren’t already signed up). Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Contiguous U.S. states only. Giveaway ends August 9th at 11:59pm PST. Each vendor is responsible for delivery of the prize. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize before another winner is chosen.