2020 has been a crazy year, I think we can all agree on that. Many parents are facing the difficult decisions on sending their kids back to full time school, or figuring out e-learning or a mix of both. It’s not easy task and while even homeschooling hasn’t been exactly the same for us as during the Pandemic, I’m so very thankful that we have the opportunity to keep going with it.
I have been a veteran homeschool mom for over 7 years now. I simply want to give you options and put your mind at ease for the coming months !
Here are 5 ways to start homeschooling right now!
No matter what, you still must check with your state laws, comply and follow the requirements of your state !
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Depending on your situation, like if your child has been previously enrolled in school, you will have to give notice about homeschooling to your district. But again, this totally depends on the state you live in. So please check with your state. Also some of these methods mentioned might not be acceptable in your state, again check your guidelines.
1.Workbooks: Go on Amazon and look through age/ grade appropriate workbooks! Yes, it’s that easy! Due to homeschooling becoming more and more popular in the recent years, there is a wonderful range of workbooks , History Pockets and so much more available. Read the reviews, comments, depending on your kid’s age, look what seems interesting to them ! Remember you don’t exactly have to copy school life! It’s okay to put the fun back into learning! Check out all the learning board games! History memory! Color math! Add some cool documentaries to your queue while you are planning your year !!
2.Curriculum: You want more? Something solid that covers all the bases. Pick a curriculum. You can piece things together or you can pick a whole box curriculum! Be warranted, most of these don’t come cheap but depending on your state or your kid’s age, they can be amazing, literally ready to go, with little to no prep work for mom … Some states also offer umbrella schools and you could possibly pick your curriculum through them and have another hybrid version of homeschool. Check this link for some suggestions: https://cathyduffyreviews.com Of course if you have been following us you can check out all our previous posts about our favorite curriculum Moving Beyond the Page . Some other great curriculum are Bookshark, Build your own Library, Timberdoodle, Oak Meadows, Story of the World, Horizon, Teach Textbooks, Khan Academy….
3. Go full online: Online classes aren’t for everyone! Some little kids love it, some hate it! Same with big kids! Some kids can’t do their math that way at all, but some can! Sometimes you just must give things a try! There are many great homeschool courses that you can select individually, or there are still full online schools that will let you enroll!! Costs: $- $$https://www.varsitytutors.com or Outschool , Khan Academy
4.Un-schooling: Are you a rebel and want to completely try something new? Do you trust your kids and really let go? If all answers are yes 🙂 then read on… unschooling can be amazing, but I will say again it’s not for everyone, kids or parents! It will take a lot of trust and wanting to step away from the old methods completely. It’s not just letting your kid whatever he or she may want though! It’s discovering new and old things together but giving your kid permission to do it how and when s/he is ready! To go this route, you might want to grab a couple of these books and see if it’s for you … believe letting go is harder than you sometimes think but it can be rewarding ! More about UNschooling , Free to learn, Unschool Handbook
5.Project-based Homeschooling: You like some of these ideas but still want some reigns! This might be for you. This is great for middle school age range kids! Pick some subjects together with your kid…. let’s say Roman times, the human body, American history, volcanoes, the rainforest and a few novels on top of that… whatever he may be interested in. Start by making a list of sources for your kid.
Websites- make a YouTube list of videos, Netflix shows etc…. find some books to go along with it and then just let him go to town with all those materials! Create lap books and let him gather all his findings!!Books about PBL
The problem I see with the coming school year is that it will be very different from what you might know, and it will be challenging no matter what, for you and your child. Why not eliminate some stress and give your children a safe environment. In addition, once meeting in public will be a bit safer again, the homeschool route will give you the power to say when you are ready to join the masses. If you have a small homeschool group for example, you might be able to meet in small circles rather sooner than later. Your group could hold meetings outside with safe distancing rules, at the park. Nature walks or hiking , art classes outside could all be a better possibility than sitting inside a dark, stingy classroom. On the other side if you have immune compromised children and want to wait just a bit longer, this will give you exactly that option.
Whatever route you pick, remember you can always change direction and try something a bit different if things don’t work out. Speak with your children, find out what worries them, talk to your spouse, friends and family ! But remember in the end it’s your family and just go with what feels right !
As always I’m just sharing my personal views and opinion here. I speak from the experience that I have had through my years of homeschooling my children. I hope that this information helps you out and that you can figure out a way that works for your family this coming school year ! Best of luck, stay healthy, happy and let me know if I can help further !