What To Know Before You Homeschool

FYI, there A LOT of blogs that supposedly discuss the switch to homeschool or what you need to know. BUT I’ve read them and I can say, honestly, they’re not very helpful. I don’t need to read to be  patient (because, duh), I need to learn logistics and how to begin the process. So that’s what you’re getting here today!

Now, before I decided to pull my daughter out to public school (from distance learning), I was a little overwhelmed as to where do I begin with homeschooling. Unless you know people in that world, it can be a little daunting. Of course, you can reach out to your school district or county, but they’re only so helpful. Speaking from experience here. Unless you’re asking the right questions, they’re not going to offer up all the deets.

It took me a little bit of time to learn about the process, because I didn’t know anything.

I can’t tell you how many times I contacted the district, the county and even the state department of education with questions about homeschool. But once I learned more about the process, it was actually much less stressful than I imagined.

So, I’m going to fill you on on basic information if you’re considering homeschooling.

Things To Know:

  1. Choose your program. Whether you decide to do it completely yourself and purchase curriculum. Or maybe apply to the program through the district or county (these are free). There are even online options (that cost money). So it really depends what you’re looking for.
  2. Fill out an affidavit, if necessary. If your child is younger than 6, you do not need to fill out an affidavit. I’m speaking specifically for California since that’s the state we live in. For example, if your child is 5 and in kindergarten, technically you do not need to fill out this form. Unless of course, you want your child to have kindergarten on their record. BUT, if you’re homeschooling through the county (like we are), an affidavit is not necessary since that is technically your homeschool.
  3. Research ahead of time. With COVID being as prevalent as it can be, homeschool programs are filling up quicker than ever before. My daughter was on the waitlist for 3 months before she was accepted into the county homeschool program. So if you’re thinking about homeschooling, reach out to your district (or county) ASAP to get placed on the waitlist list or at least contact them to find out when enrollment begins. Or if you’re thinking about doing it yourself, begin your research- like now.
  4. You can use different programs for different subjects. Wait whatttttt. Yes, you read that right. If you’re not homeschooling through the district or county, and you decide to purchase curriculum on various websites, you can pick and choose which subjects you purchase from different websites. This is not something I’ve done or want to because it seems a little overwhelming, but it’s definitely an option.
  5.  Be prepared to supplement. Whatever you choose for curriculum, you might need additional workbooks. Amazon has been a huge resource for me. But you can also use sites like: Education.com, TeachersPayTeachers, or even Etsy for printable worksheets.
  6. It’s hard. Don’t be fooled by the silly stereotypes and that parents who homeschool, don’t really teach their children. I know I’m only teaching my daughter kindergarten, but I’m not trained in education so this has been learning experience for me.
  7. Be flexible. Whether you’re Type A or B, a flexible schedule is beneficial for homeschooling. I’m not saying to NOT have a schedule, but it doesn’t need to be so rigid. Especially if you have other children, being a little go with the flowish will help.

Hopefully this information is helpful and gives you a better idea of where to start. Because like I mentioned, I had no idea where to start. The first thing I did was google curriculum and that’s definitely not where you want to start. Best of luck on your journey. Remember, whatever you end up choosing, you got this. It might be a little challenging at first, but only because it’s different. Have fun!

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  1. January 22, 2021 / 6:12 am

    Wow, you are so brave for even just doing the work to consider the idea of doing this. I remember when you would mention how difficult it was for you and your kids with remote learning at the beginning. Being a teacher myself, I know every option has it’s challenges and the best thing to do always is to choose what works for you and your family. I’m glad you were able to figure it all out and get to a place where you feel comfortable about it. These are great tips that I’m sure many of us knew little about when we think about homeschooling. Thanks so much for sharing and best of luck!

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