So you’ve made the decision to homeschool? Transitioning to homeschool can be stressful or simple (or both). When we made the decision to transition to homeschool, I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the information out there and all of the things I, as a former classroom teacher, didn’t know how to do. After experiencing this transition first hand, I want to share the tips that helped me have a smoother transition to homeschool with you.
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Seek Guidance before you transition to homeschool
When you want to know something, you go to the experts! This is the first step in transitioning to homeschool. First, you need to seek God’s guidance in your life to ensure you are making the correct decision for your family. Once you get the confirmation from God, that this is the best thing for your family, link up with other homeschoolers. Find a few homeschool parents that are willing to sit with you and share their wealth of knowledge. If you can’t find anyone who homeschools, do a quick Facebook search ( your location homeschoolers) and you will have a plethora of options and information to help you begin your transition to homeschooling.
Research Your State Laws
Homeschooling is different is EVERY SINGLE state! So, you need to be abreast of what the state requires you to do to be in compliance with their homeschooling laws. I homeschool in Florida and our laws are different from California and so on and so on. Use your state laws and guidelines as a roadmap to help you get started. One thing that is consistent from state to state is that you need to fill out a letter of intent and send it to your public school district offices. This lets your county offices know that you will be home educating your child(ren). You cannot legally homeschool without that letter of intent. If you are leaving a public or private school, you will also need to withdraw your child from school. These steps remain constant regardless of the state you are educating your child in.
Deschool before you transition to homeschool
This is the process of not “doing” school and allowing your family time to adjust to their newfound homeschooling reality. When you deschool, use this as an opportunity to rediscover what your child’s interests are and how they learn best. Let them explore different topics and passion projects. Some people are strict about the time they deschool (the rule of thumb is 1 month for every year your child was in a traditional classroom), but of course, you are free to do whatever you’d like. During this transition time, just reconnect with your child before jumping into your new homeschool routine.
Make a Plan
Now that you know what your kiddos are interested in, create a plan of attack. The thing about homeschooling is, you can do what you think is best and forget the rest. You can create a plan that is super detailed (or not), you can make a list of subjects, resources, and more. You know how your brain works, so create a plan that will streamline your transition to homeschool. I do caution you here to not over plan or attempt to plan out the whole year day by day if this your first rodeo, you will quickly become overwhelmed.
Here’s a super cute homeschool planner that I used to help me organize my thoughts and plans. Best of all, it’s free when you sign up for the blog!
Homeschool Your Heart Out
Okay homeschool rockstar, now you are ready to homeschool your way! This is where the fun (should) begins. You have followed the steps to transition to homeschool and now have the basis for an amazing homeschool program. This first year of homeschool (and subsequent years) will not be perfect, so don’t expect it to be. But, it will be just what God has intended for you and your family.
As time passes in your amazing homeschool, make sure you make time to reflect on how your transition to homeschool is going. In my homeschool, we take a break every few weeks and use that time to reflect on things that are working for us and things that we may need to change up. Make sure you include your kiddos in this process too, they will be a wealth of knowledge.
If you are looking to transition to homeschool, you are well on your way to making your new homeschool EVERYTHING! You have what it takes, so don’t be afraid to jump in and get started right away. The cool thing about homeschooling is there is no right way to do it, so technically everyone is right!
If you are thinking about homeschooling and have more questions please feel free to ask. If you are already a homeschooler and have some insight to share, feel free to leave your tips below. Happy homeschooling!
Keep being (the best) you boo!