How To Start Homeschooling | Margaret Joyner | Skillshare

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9 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Comply With State Laws

    • 3. Choosing Curriculum

    • 4. Becoming A Teacher & Common Challenges

    • 5. Additional Online Learning Resources

    • 6. Socialization Opportunities

    • 7. Advantages To Homeschooling

    • 8. When Can You Start Homeschooling

    • 9. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Hi, I'm Margaret Joyner and I'm thrilled to present How To Start Homeschooling here on SkillShare.

For the past 5 years I have homeschooled my daughter and will soon take on a second student, my son. It's been a journey to say the least with plenty of ups and downs.

The first year, or should I say getting started, was without a doubt the most challenging year. There were more questions than answers. And of course each day presented even more problems to solve. I am so grateful to be on this homeschooling journey with my family and to be able to pay forward all I've learned to all of you.

If you are like most of my friends, they are at home scratching their heads wondering what in the heck are their kids in for this school year? And what will a classroom environment look like? Should we send them off, or should we try homeschooling?

I hope that this class will shed some light on how you can get started. If you have questions, and I'm sure you will, please don't hesitate to reach out.

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Margaret Joyner And thank you so much for joining me today. I am so excited to be sharing with you guys how to get started on your home schooling journey. I am a mama of two with another one on the way. And this is going to be our 1/5 year of home schooling now, I do not have an education background, nor did I originally plan to be a home schooling mom. But life has led our family down This journey of taking control of our Children's education and it has been amazing. Now we have tried all sorts of different things in the home schooling world, some things that have worked and some that definitely have not worked. And we've also met some amazing home schooling families that I have learned a ton from as well. So whatever your reasons are for choosing to home school, it is going to be an amazing journey. We will be talking curriculums. Resource is common questions, challenges and more. I am on a mission to help others simplify their lives with easy, doable solutions. If you want a closer look into my life journey following on Instagram, where I share many of my health and life packs and show you that life may not always be rainbows and butterflies, but that really life is way more fun and adventurous. So if you are ready to start your home schooling journey, then let's get started. 2. Comply With State Laws: now, before we really dive in, there are a few things that you'll need to do before you get started. First, you want to do a little bit of research and comply with your state laws. Now all states allow you to home school, but each day is a little bit different when it comes to their homeschooling laws and requirements. So just do a little research and make sure that you comply with your states laws. Next, you will most likely need to file a notice of intention to home school. So depending on the state where you live, you may be required to submit a notice of intent to your superintendent of the county where you reside. Many Department of Education websites provide ah letter or template for parents to use. Just make sure you're checking with your county's deadline on when you need to turn the notice end 3. Choosing Curriculum: OK, now it's time to talk curriculums. One of the most common questions I get is how do I choose a curriculum? There are so many options out there, I don't even know where to start. Now, before we dive into curriculums, you'll want to think about how you want to home school. Would you like the assistance from an online program? Would you like to create your curriculums completely from scratch? Would you like your child to lead the topics and subjects discussed? So once you figure out how you want to home school, that is really going toe lead you down the right path to choosing the right curriculum for you and your family. A lot of it too, will be trialling and error. Now, every state has a home schooling convention. Now, these homeschooling conventions are filled with all different types of curriculums that you can get your hands on, look through and have access to really figure out what is gonna work best for you and your family. These conventions also have amazing speakers that will help you navigate these curriculums and where to start. Now I'll share with you just a couple of my favorite curriculums. If you want to go more textbook style timber, doodle dot com has an amazing program. This company seeks out what they believe to be the best of the best curriculums, and they compile all these different curriculums into a kit. And, of course, you can add on Allah cart games and subjects as well. This is a great place to get started because you don't have to think two months about which curriculum should I pick. They've already done that work for you. Now, if you want to go more of the online version, we have also done the K 12 public school at home. This program has been amazing for our family as it provides me the assistance with a teacher as well as my Children, the classroom setting. And it also provides us with all of these supplies, the subjects and everything that we need to have a successful year. I will put the links to these in the about page so you can easily find them 4. Becoming A Teacher & Common Challenges: so another popular question that I get asked a lot is I'm not a teacher. Can I still do this? The answer is yes. The curriculum's out. There are amazing at supplying families with everything that they need to know from actual scripts to ask your student to the answers that are expected from your students. The textbook and online program curriculums that I've used have taken all the guesswork out , and there's no late nighters for me trying to stay up, to figure out how to teach the subject to my child. You just open up the page, read what's there and you're learning together. Okay, let's talk challenges. I would be lying if I were to say that home schooling does not come with challenges. For me, the very first year of home schooling was a huge learning curve for both myself and my daughter. If there's any advice that I can give you, give yourself grace during that first year. That first year is a lot about figuring out your role as a student and teacher mother child relationship. So allow yourself that time to learn how to home school, your child and every child will be unique and every grade will be unique. Another challenge that has come with home schooling is getting your child to pay attention . Some things I have learned to keep the attention is to give your child breaks. I once heard a speaker say that the attention span of a child is their age, plus one in minutes. So if you have a 10 year old, their attention span is really in an 11 minute window. So definitely work breaks into your home schooling schedule. Another way to help them pay attention is to offer rewards now. Rewards don't always have to be candy or toys, but date nights, movie nights, things that you can do together are amazing rewards as well. Another challenge that comes with home schooling is distractions. With those other family members around, there can be lots of distractions. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just stop for the day and pick up where you left off tomorrow, realize that you have the whole school year to complete your curriculums and get through the majority of the things that you wanted to teach for the year. Another challenge that I faced was drawing that line between mom and teacher. When I first got started, I tried to Onley be the teacher during school time and Onley being mom during non school time. But what I realized was I wasn't just a teacher or just the mom. I was both, and this was a new role for me to play. And because I had never been that role before, it took some learning and getting used. Teoh Having open conversations with your child is extremely helpful. Let them know that you are in this together and that you will find the solutions to the struggles you are faced with. Having patience is one of the biggest keys to your success, realizing that the majority of the things that you will be teaching your child is brand new to them will allow you to see things from their perspective. Really listen to each other and know that your child will push your buttons way more than they will push any teachers buttons. And when you give your child a break, make sure that you as well give yourself a break 5. Additional Online Learning Resources : as we were navigating these curriculums. There are some amazing resource is out there to help you supplement what you're teaching. Pinterest has been my best homeschooling friend. We have found things from games, field trip ideas And even though subjects we can't quite find our rhythm, I have been able to find some amazing resource is to help us navigate those subjects. Facebook has been another amazing resource. If you search in Facebook, home schooling and your state or county, there will be tons of home schooling Facebook groups for you to join. I have been able to connect with Riel. Mom's going through this journey in real time that have been able to provide me with some amazing resource is and I tell you another home schooling Mom is your best friend resource . 6. Socialization Opportunities: Another question I get asked all the time is how do I incorporate socialization with home schooling? Now? I will say it is a huge myth that homeschoolers are not social. We have met more families and friends through this home schooling journey than we did when my child was in public school. So here it is a few ways that you can incorporate the social aspect into your home schooling life. There are tons of co ops out there. Do a little digging in those Facebook groups and even on Google to find out what co ops are available in your area. Co ops are a great way Teoh interact with other teachers, families and students. Another great way to stay social is to plan outings with other homeschool families, whether it just be hanging out with the families, out of playground or going on a great field trip to the pumpkin patch. Teaming up with other homeschool families is a great way to stay active and meet other homeschool families. And another thing that we have love to do is plug in to our local museums, whether it's the science museum where we get to explore all different angles of science or an art museum where we get to really dive in tow. Art history museums are a great way to get out and learn mawr other than just in your home . 7. Advantages To Homeschooling: Now we have talked about some of the challenges that you may face during home schooling, but let's talk about some of the amazing things that you may be able to experience during this journey. For me, I have been ableto watch my daughter go from very shy and introverted to a very confident young woman who is not shy to speak her mind. I've also been able to watch her gain more confidence with herself and her abilities. She has become way more independent and to be able to show her that the grades that she achieves is from her work, and no one else is extremely rewarding for her. And as a mom, it is extremely rewarding toe. Watch your child learn and grow in the opportunity that you get to have to bond and make memories with your Children is priceless. 8. When Can You Start Homeschooling: Another question you might be asking yourself is, when can I start home schooling? My child is already in the middle of elementary school. Is it too late to start? The answer is, you can start whenever you would like. My daughter was a month into first grade when we decided we wanted home school. We were able to take our child out of the brick and mortar school into the home school, setting extremely easily. Now why home school? There are so many reasons families choose to homeschool for us, it has allowed for more focused individual learning time. It has also allowed us the opportunity to continue to raise our Children. It is also given us great comfort to have a deciding factor in who is influencing our child's learning, as well as the type of learning and the pace of the learning. 9. Final Thoughts: So if you are ready to begin your home schooling journey, know that you can do this. And there are so many resource is out there to help you along the way. I know it can be overwhelming, but just take it one step at a time, and before you know it, you'll be offering advice to another new homeschooling family are homeschooling. Journey has not been perfect, but it has been full of laughter, memories and lots of amazing learning. As our daughter is entering into her fifth year home schooling in the fifth grade, we are excited to the embarking on another home schooling journey with our son. This year this will come with another learning herb and another adventure for the whole family. Remember, Teoh, give yourself grace, Be patient and most importantly, have fun. Enjoy your homeschool journey with your family.