A majority of homeschoolers have one or more of the following three basic reasons:
Steps to becoming a homeschooler
- School environment
- Religious or Moral
Here are some basic steps:
For Record Keeping and Portfolio
- Learn more about homeschooling
- Do your research.
- Go to your local library and get a couple books on homeschooling.
- Do a Google search on homeschool.
- Find someone who homeschools and ask them questions. If possible watch them homeschool for a couple hours.
- Find out the legal requirements, State Laws on Homeschool
Depending on where you live there may be few, or lots of legal issues.
In The United States it is legal to homeschool in all fifty states. But the rules vary from state to state.
Some states just ask to be informed that your child is being homeschooled, others mandate specific curriculum guidelines, and still others require homeschool students to take state standardized tests. Homeschool parents are ultimately responsible for their child's education, so becoming aware of your legal rights and limitations is important.
- Find your state, local, and other online homeschool support groups.
Find a local support group, here, here, and here.
- Attend a homeschool events, here
- Then give it a try
It can be scary trying something totally new like homeschooling, but it may be the best thing you can do for your children.
Material chosen should be varied to reflect what the child has learned, experienced and accomplished. Suggested items to include are:
The Sample of Record Keeping is in here
- A journal which notes activities and progress
- A list of resources such as books, computer software, games, toys and outside classes.
- Samples of the child's work including letters written to friends and family (photocopy these before they are sent), poems, stories, and other forms of creative writing, drawings, audio tapes of reading and memorizing Al Qur'an, reading aloud, video tapes of a field trips, contest and any text book or workbook pages.
- Photos of field trips, artwork, projects and family life.
- Brochures and booklets from field trips and other activities.
- A list of books that the child has read. Include the title and author.
- Goals for the year.
What is homeschool?
Statistic Survey Homeschooling
How to Homeschool: Educational Approach
There are so many other resources about homeschool.
Here are some:
Achievement Test Resources
Academy Online and Distance Learning (Please section By Grades)
Stories about Successful Homeschoolers