Probably one of the first tasks you should assign yourself after you have committed to your decision to homeschool would be to investigate the homeschooling law in your area. As a parent you will need to understand your state’s laws and regulations concerning the operating of a homeschool. Each state sets its own guidelines, parameters, and regulations for homeschooling. Some are quite easy and some are not. There is no general statement that applies to all states. Be sure to inquire and get copies of all the homeschool rules and regulations for your state.
Be sure to check with your state about mandatory school ages. If possible don’t feel as though you have to begin homeschooling your child at the traditional age if the state allows. Studies show that many children that start traditional schooling at the required early age also get bored earlier that those who start at a later age.
Looking ahead what about college? Do home schooled kids have trouble being accepted into colleges? Actually, home schooled young people have successfully enrolled in State Universities across the country, Tech Schools, even Ivy League Universities. In fact, many universities send recruiters to Homeschool seminars and conventions to attract home schooled kids.
As the time approaches get a head start on communication with some of the universities that you believe your child is interested in so you can begin gathering their requirements for entrance.
Most experienced homeschool families try to purchase their curriculum books used. There are literally an unlimited amount of resources for this on the internet alone. Many suppliers will send you a catalogue. Homeschool seminars and other gatherings are also a great place to pick up new and used text books. Still not sure? There are many homeschool support groups you can join as well as all kinds of forums you can join on the internet. Many of these groups offer a variety of newsletters that you can also subscribe to.
A good homeschool curriculum will guide the parent to what information is needed for a particular age or grade level. Text books are also a good source for giving complete instructional material as well as additional ideas for the subject matter.
Just be sure to determine from your particular state what the homeschool law and qualifications apply for the teaching parent as they will differ from state to state. Finding the state regulations is easy with just a little research then you can move forward with confidence.
Mary Joyce is a former educator, successful homeschool parent, and has written many articles on teaching your child at home for the Homeschool-Curriculum-4u website. Please visit (http://www.homeschool-curriculum-4u.com ) for more of Mary's articles.