You want to start homeschool but where do you start? I am going through this same process and thought why not share my experience as I am going through it. I will go over why we decided to homeschool, our state requirements and homeschool options. You’ll also have a link to find your teaching style and ways to figure out the way your child learns best.
When you start homeschool you are able to allow your child to be their true self. Homeschool allows you the freedom, the freedom of teaching at the speed your child learns at and the topics that interest your child.
Let’s jump in!
Why I want to homeschool
As time got closer for my oldest daughter, Faith to start school I knew I wanted to homeschool. I wanted to allow my children to learn based on their interest but also at the pace they felt comfortable with. No child should have to work faster or slower because they don’t learn the same way. When you homeschool or unschool you are taking away the pressure. The pressure to work at the speed of an entire class, to only use the restroom three times in one year. Yes, you read that right. My daughter was told unless she provided a medical note she couldn’t go during class.
In the past, I was overwhelmed and I allowed others options to overpower my own thoughts. When we decided to move to Tennessee I knew I would work from home and be able to homeschool. It was my dream come true. I wasn’t going to allow those fears to stop me this time.
Your state requirements
Every state has its own requirements what you’ll read here is what at this time Tennessee is requiring of me at the time of writing this post. The first step for me was joining a Facebook group for my local city. I found this was the best place for me to get started and find others who were already homeschooling. I think the hardest part of homeschooling is getting started. At least that is what I am feeling now.
We have three ways to homeschool here which are using an approved online homeschool program, an umbrella or church-related school or going independent. If you choose to be independent you would still report your attendance and in our case testing in 5th, 7th and 9th grade.
If you choose an online homeschool program or an umbrella school you would register with them and they will take care of the rest. Each of these programs may have different requirements and you’ll want to speak to them before deciding which one to go with.
Teaching styles vs learning styles
There can be a big difference between your teaching style and the way your child learns. In my research, I found this test to determine my teaching style and was excited about the results. To figure out your child’s learning style try out this test.
The way you teach one way but your child may learn another causing some adjustments in your technique. You may also discover like I did that my style is electric, meaning I use a little of this and a little of that.
Taking the dive
Today is technically our third-day deschooling. We are taking time to get out of the traditional school mentality. On Sunday we had a family day and went to the Tennessee State Museum. It was such an amazing experience for all of us. We walked through each room taking our time. Watching and listening to video as far back as when the Native American Indians. Each of these moments our child asked questions and told us what they knew about each time period.
We will take a month or two to deschool and just enjoy time together. Taking time to get to know the kids’ interest and the way they each learn. I finally woke up one day and said I have had enough. Enough calls about school lockdowns and wondering if this would be the call I worried most about. I had several conversations with my husband and finally, we took the dive.
I encourage you if you are thinking about any form of homeschooling just dive in. Do what you have always known was best for your family.
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