Whether you are thinking about homeschooling or are moving in from another state, there are always those overwhelming questions of “where do I start?”
First of all, I promise you, it’s not as overwhelming as it may seem. I was overwhelmed until I figured out there really are just a few things you need to know to get started with your homeschool adventure. As you grow in your homeschool knowledge, you’ll be able to custom tweak your program, but to get started without becoming overwhelmed, let’s try and boil it down to some basic points.
Homeschool Association: Information
First, join Middle Tennessee Home Education Association (MTHEA for short). You will find a wealth of information on the MTHEA.org website. Everything from Education Expo’s, events, and support groups can be found here. It’s the first place many families new to homeschooling turn for information.
Second, you may want to consider joining the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA for short). They also offer a wealth of information as well as legal support should there be any legal issues that affect homeschooling your child. You can find more information about HSLDA at HSLDA.org.
Third, I highly recommend reading Cathy Duffy’s book called 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. It’s an excellent read and gives you lots of information that will help you find the right curriculum for your child’s learning style. You can learn more about Cathy on her website CathyDuffyReviews.com.
Friends and Support
Fourth and very important for this homeschooling mom, is to find a support group. You can find information from MTHEA, but I have found that recommendations from other moms are best here. It may be a support group of just a few close friends who have “been there, done that”, or a larger more official group that is located in your community. Almost every community has one or two, so attend several meetings to find out which group is a good fit for you.
And last but not least, enrichment. I have to admit that enrichment is my saving grace. While my kids are off having fun with other children and learning from others, I have the opportunity to get a few things done for myself. And yes, I try to make it my “all about me” day, because my children are now with me all day, every day, and a burnt-out momma isn’t what’s best for this family.
Once you break it down into these basic components, homeschooling goes from dauntingly overwhelming to easy-to-manage steps.