Homeschooling seems to be an option a number of people are gravitating towards or at least eager to learn about, so I thought I would offer up some of the resources we used when making our decision to take the leap to home learning.
It’s very important to do your research when making your final decision. The following are some of the homeschooling resources I used to help make my decision and then facilitate the process of getting going.
Here we go!
Please note: every state and district is different. You are going to need to do some digging to find out what your district requires. In a perfect world, there would be a step-by-step guide on each district’s website, but there is not.
Is Homeschooling the right path for you?
To homeschool or not to homeschool. That is the question.
It’s a big decision. Please don’t take it lightly. Discuss the pros and cons, research and if you’re religious, pray about it.
If you decide to take the leap, there is plenty of support for you. Please believe – you are NOT alone in this!
Take a few moments to read this post HERE as it will help you decide if this is even a worthwhile path for you and your family.
The HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) has LOTS of fantastic resources and support for every step of your homeschooling journey.
The Coalition for Responsible Home Education is a GREAT place to start! There are so many great resources on this site. Here are a few noteworthy posts:
->->->Homeschool Summits is also a great choice for getting started with a God-centered homeschool experience. They host free online summits all the time. Current webinars can be found on their site. Sign up for their newsletter so you can be notified of upcoming talks.
A Letter of Intent
From what I’m seeing, most districts require a letter of intent from homeschooling families. Don’t fret! This is actually very simple.
*State your children’s names, grades, and schools they would have attended
*State your decision to homeschool – you do not have to give a reason unless your district requires it
*Include your contact information – email, phone number, carrier pigeon info, your owl’s name. However they contact you, add that information.
Depending on your district, they may require you to mail the letter and yes, there are deadlines. The exception to the deadline would be if you are pulling your child out of school in the middle of the year. You can also email a copy to your district’s head person.
- Print out your letter, address the envelope and drop it off at your district office.
- If you email, CC another person. Send it to the principal of your child’s school, a district secretary, your child’s other parent or guardian.
Once you’ve decided to homeschool and you have sent your letter to your local district, you are going to need curriculum.
Some districts may allow you to borrow materials/textbooks to assist you. I wouldn’t count on that though because it’s not guaranteed.
Resources with Steps & Tips
The good news is there is no shortage of articles about choosing curriculum. Here are a few:
This out first year with Bridgeway, but we LOVE THEM!
They have a range of options for schooling and plenty of choices for curriculum. You can purchase your entire curriculum or supplement your current program. They have live classes available for all grade levels.
A great thing about Bridgeway is they are GLOBAL! Even if you live outside the USA, you can sign up with Bridgeway.
Middle & High School students have options for live online clubs. Mini was pumped about the Minecraft Club and has enjoyed the sessions so far.
Check out their website HERE and request a packet or request an online meeting with a member of their Admissions team.
->When you sign up, you get to take some quizzes about your learning style. Parents/guardians can take them too. Let me tell you this: I have taken a LOT of personality tests over the years. This is actually the most accurate tests I’ve come across!
-> They have a referral program (if three people sign up with your link, they send you a gift card). If you decide to sign up, you can use our code for $100 off your curriculum choice: E3ERATL
-> There is a Facebook group for the parents to share info and ask questions.
Whatever you choose, I pray the resources on this page help you make the best decision for your family. If you have any questions, you can reach out to anyone of the websites I’ve linked to in this article or you can send me a message.