There are millions of families each year In America that choose to home school their children instead of sending them to a public or private school. The reasons for homeschooling are as different as the families themselves and very from religious reasons to personal reasons and everything in between. Some families want to live a self-reliant lifestyle and feel that home schooling is a very important part of that lifestyle.
If you are just thinking about home schooling or haven’t done too much research into the concept, you may be surprised to know that each state has laws which govern home schooling. Laws differ from state to state and some states have many regulations and some have virtually none. Before you begin your homeschooling journey, it is important to know the laws in your particular state.
Check Out The Law
In order to find out more about the laws in your particular state, you can go to http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp. This is one of the best sites I have found to look up information on home schooling laws. Once you know the law, be sure to follow it precisely to avoid any conflict that could affect your homeschooling rights. For example, if you live in a state where you need to have documentation delivered to the school district by August 12th of every year, make sure your documentation is there on time.
Check Out Curriculum
Once you have taken care of the legal aspects of homeschooling, you will need to do some research in order to create a curriculum for your children. The Rainbow Resource Room puts out an incredible catalog for homeschoolers filled with over one thousand pages of educational items. I would definitely recommend getting a catalog. Go here http://www.rainbowresource.com/index.php for more information on the company.
Check Out Socialization Opportunities
You may be worried about socialization. The truth is that your children will have so many opportunities for socialization that you will be amazed. In order to find other homeschoolers in your area, check out Yahoo groups. Look for socialization groups in your area, or look for groups in your state that discuss legislation, state homeschool conventions, and other state home schooling issues.
Check Out Homeschool Conferences
Probably one of the best things that new homeschoolers can do is to check out homeschool conventions in their area. Some conventions are sponsored by specific groups and targeted at homeschoolers who are of certain religious beliefs. Other conventions may be sponsored by a homeschool organization that works with homeschoolers of a particular state regardless of their personal beliefs. At a conference, you will have the chance to attend lectures and information sessions, meet other homeschoolers, purchase curriculum, and talk with vendors about their products. Most conventions last for several days because it is simply impossible to do and see everything in one day.
I began home schooling my children over a decade and a half ago as part of my desire to have a more self-sufficient lifestyle. I also wanted my children to grow into self-sufficient, independent thinking people when they were adults. Although there were days when I honestly wondered what I had gotten myself into, I can say that I have never really regretted my decision. At this point, you may be wondering how it all turned out. My oldest child will be turning 18 in a few months. She is now a self-assured, hard working, independent thinking young woman who knows what she wants out of life. For our family, home schooling was definitely the right decision.