Transitioning To Homeschool

transitioning to homeschool

Are you ready to start transitioning to homeschool?

Transitioning to homeschooling might feel like a big scary step, but trust me, you can do this!

One of the most significant homeschool advantages you have is knowing your child better than anyone else.

This alone and a few extra tools in your homeschool belt are more than enough to get you started on your path to homeschooling.

What are those extra homeschool tools that only you have for your child?

Well, I’m glad you asked!

Advantages of Homeschooling Your Children

One-on-one attention often leads to deeper understanding and a stronger connection between you and your child.

Homeschooling allows for a flexible schedule. You have the freedom to adapt your daily routine to fit your family’s needs, which can be incredibly valuable. This flexibility also means you can take advantage of teachable moments in real-life situations and explore subjects beyond traditional classroom boundaries.

You have more control over the learning environment. You can create a comfortable and safe space to help your child’s focus and creativity. Homeschooling can also provide a more conducive setting for addressing specific learning challenges.

You can instill your family’s values and beliefs into your child’s education. You have the autonomy to incorporate topics that matter to your family and emphasize character development.

Homeschooling allows for deeper family bonding. Spending more time together fosters stronger relationships and allows you to share in your child’s daily discoveries and achievements.

I want to encourage you to utilize the freedom to create a personalized home education that caters to your child’s needs, passions, and learning styles.

You’ll be amazed at the joy and interest that will spark in them along the way.

It’s okay to take it one step at a time and find your rhythm as you go.

Remember, learning happens beyond textbooks and four walls – it’s all around us!

From nature walks to cooking together, every moment is a chance to learn and grow.

So take a deep breath, trust your instincts, and prepare for a homeschool experience filled with discovery, and endless possibilities.

You’ve got what it takes, and your child is in the best hands – yours!

Homeschool vs. Traditional School?


Homeschool allows you to be the captain of your child’s educational ship, guiding them through knowledge, values, and life principles that you want to prioritize for your child.

Your home is the place where learning and life can blend seamlessly creating a safe environment for your child to grow and thrive.

Homeschooling gives you the power to personalize your child’s education. It’s a journey of togetherness that will impact your child’s education and create a deeper understanding of how the world works.

Home education can provide a rewarding experience for both you and your child.

Traditional School

In a traditional school setting, things are pretty much out of your control.

The kids head off to the big building every morning, with backpacks, school buses, and more.

With classrooms full of students, teachers are leading the way interpreting and dispensing knowledge from a state or board elected and approved curriculum.

There’s a bell that rings to switch classes, and kids move from room to room, exploring subjects like math, science, history, and art.

To sum things up, there’s a lot that goes on in traditional school and much of it is totally out of your control

In the traditional school setting, teachers, staff, and administration hold a large portion of responsibility for your child’s education.

The personalized learning experience that parents can create in homeschool is no match for traditional “one size fits all” learning in the classroom.

Knowing the Homeschool Laws

First and foremost, homeschool is legal in all 50 states.

Knowing your legal rights as homeschooling parents and how to advocate for your child’s educational needs is essential for a successful homeschooling journey.

It’s important to be well-informed about the homeschooling laws and regulations in your specific state.

Understanding these rights empowers us, as homeschooling parents to confidently educate our child at home and navigate any potential legal challenges that may arise.

An excellent resource for homeschooling families is HSLDA.

The Home School Legal Defense Academy is the nation’s largest, most trusted homeschool advocacy organization. Their mission is to advance and protect your freedom to homeschool.

School Supplies for Homeschool

When you’re starting on the homeschooling journey, there are a few school supplies that can really help make the experience smooth and enjoyable for both you and your kids.

You’ll want to have a good stock of notebooks or notebook paper, pencils, pens, and erasers – the basics for any learning.

Having a set of colorful markers, crayons, paint, and art supplies can add a creative flair to lessons and projects.

Remember miscellaneous supplies such as sticky notes, paperclips, dry eraser markers, highlighters, staplers, rulers, etc.

For hands-on activities, having scissors, glue, tape, and construction paper can come in handy.

For your homeschool’s technology needs, a reliable computer or tablet is necessary for online resources and virtual learning.

The key is to create an environment that encourages curiosity and engagement, without duplicating the classroom at home.

Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum

Choosing a homeschool curriculum might seem overwhelming at first, but think of it as picking a roadmap for your child’s learning.

Start by considering your child’s learning style, this will help you find a curriculum that suits them best.

Some parents opt for an all-in-one curriculum that covers various subjects, while others prefer to mix and match resources to create a custom (or eclectic) learning experience.

Online reviews and recommendations from other homeschooling parents are a good way to get opinions and a feel for different homeschool curriculums.

However, some curriculum choices may or may not work well for your homeschool regardless of the reviews or recommendations.

Choosing the best curriculum for your child and your homeschool may come with trial and error at first before settling on your decision.

You may even have to use different curriculums for different children.

CATHY DUFFY REVIEWS is a premier site for homeschool curriculum and resource reviews. Cathy Duffy has been reviewing homeschool curriculum since 1984!

This is a good place to start when looking for a curriculum.

Creating a Homeschool Space

Your home is still your home.

Therefore, it doesn’t have to look like a schoolroom if that’s your preference.

What’s most important is that your space best suits a combination of your child’s learning style and your teaching style.

Prioritize creating comfortable areas where distractions can be minimized with space to work.

It could be the dining room table, a cozy corner in the living room, or even a dedicated room if you have the space.

The important thing is to make it a place where you and your kids feel relaxed.

Planning Your Homeschool Schedule

Setting Daily Routines and Rhythms

Planning a homeschool schedule and rhythm for homeschool it’s all about finding what works best for your family while keeping things fun and flexible.

More important than a schedule set in stone is knowing that kids thrive on predictability.

Your morning routine may begin with breakfast, chores, independent reading, or group studies.

There’s no wrong way to start your day you just have to decide how to make your homeschool flow as smooth as possible in a way you can sustain throughout the year.

Don’t overcomplicate each portion of your homeschool day try to keep things simple and manageable.

Homeschool Learning Hours

I highly recommend deciding on your core learning hours.

For example, you may choose to school between the hours of 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm or 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Some families homeschool in the evenings and on weekends.

Once you decide on your homeschool hours, then you can plan other household, work tasks, or other activities around your homeschool hours.

Plan for breaks for yourself and your children.

Short, frequent breaks can help kids stay engaged.

Use these intervals to stretch, have a snack, or enjoy some outdoor time.

Fresh air or a short walk can do wonders for everyone’s mood and focus!

Some days, you might find that a subject takes longer than expected, while others may move along effortlessly.

That’s another benefit of homeschooling. You can spend more or less time on subjects to best meet your child’s needs.

Balancing Academics and Non-Academics

While academics are important, don’t forget that learning happens in many forms. In your weekly plan of core subjects like math, language arts, and science, permit yourself to be flexible.

Some days, your kids might be super into a history lesson, while other days they may be more excited about a hands-on science experiment.

Let their interests play a role in your homeschool as well.

Include time for art, music, physical education, and life skills.

Cooking together can teach math and science, while a family hike doubles as exercise and science exploration.

Include time for art, music, physical education, and life skills.

Cooking together can teach math and science, while a family hike doubles as exercise and science exploration.

Don’t forget to plan field trips!

Visiting museums, national parks, zoos, or historical sites can be both educational and fun for the whole family.

It’s like taking your classroom on the road!

You can easily start with your local community for hidden places to discover.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, so don’t compare your homeschool to others.

Your unique blend of learning and fun is what will make your homeschool special.

Homeschool Tips

  • Manage your time (Protect your homeschool time as you can easily get distracted)
  • Connect with other homeschool families
  • Get help from an experienced homeschooler
  • Evaluate your child’s performance according to your state’s standards
  • Celebrate your homeschool accomplishments
  • Keep a homeschool and home-life balance

Overcoming Homeschool Challenges

Maintaining motivation is a common concern in many homeschooling families.

Sometimes your children are not always on board.

Sometimes curriculum doesn’t work out the way you thought it would.

Feelings of isolation, inadequacy, or homeschool comparison can leave you second-guessing your decision

Challenges are a part of life and that’s no different in homeschool.

But more importantly, they are also opportunities for growth.

Learn from them, make a plan of action, be proactive, and keep moving forward.

You will make mistakes and you will need to adjust and adapt along the way.

And as a veteran homeschool mom myself, I’m here to tell you I still don’t do everything perfectly.

So, be gracious and patient with yourself.

Handling Criticism

Dealing with criticism from others when you’re new to homeschooling may happen.

But, just remember why you chose homeschooling in the first place.

You’re doing what’s best for your children and taking responsibility for their education.

Most people simply lack knowledge about homeschooling, so educating them on the benefits can go a long way. (If they are open to the conversation)

At the same time, you’re not obligated to explain your homeschool decision if you choose not to.

Most importantly, try not to take it personally.

Stay focused on your homeschooling goals and the progress your kids are making.

Begin Transitioning to Homeschool Today!

This school year can mark the beginning of what a customized and nurturing education can be for your child.

There’s no better way to get started than by starting.

No matter your budget, space, or experience you can homeschool your child.

Don’t wait for perfection before you start. You and your child can learn together on this journey!


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  1. I remember when my mom first homeschooled my brothers. Best decision ever and they were ahead when the came back to school.

    1. I love hearing stories like that! So many people don’t have faith in or don’t understand how impactful homeschooling can be. But there are really so many benefits. Academically, spiritually, emotionally nurturing, more time with family, individualized attention the list could literally go on! Thanks for sharing!

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