One of the most daunting decisions about homeschooling is, which homeschooling method am I going to use?
"Choose a method," you ask? Yes, you must choose how you are going to accomplish all of your home schooling tasks. The good news is that there are a variety of methods that you can choose from.
Which one you decide on will ultimately depend on a variety of factors:
There are as many different ways to homeschool as their are opinions about homeschooling. I truly believe that no two families are alike in their homeschooling methods. What works for one family may not work at all for another. Therefore, do not be intimidated by what another family is doing.
Always remember this:
You cannot compare your homeschool and what it looks like to someone else's!
Make sure you read that and then remember it! It is great to get advice and ideas from other homeschoolers, just as long as you remember that their ideas might not work the same for you.
After researching, talking to others and then praying about it, you have to do what will work for YOUR family and then try not to compare yourself to someone else.
Here are six of the top homeschooling method options to consider. Take some time to look into each one. I know there is a lot of information, but researching ahead of time will save you time, and money, once you get started.
Finally, I'd also like to point out that you, yes you, can design your own homeschooling curriculum. That's what I've done for our entire homeschooling experience.
You need to consider the laws of your state, of course, but otherwise you can pick and choose from the options listed above to put together your own curriculum.
You know what else? You can change it whenever you need to.
Does one year lend itself to a lot of workbooks and the next seems like you could handle something more free-flowing?
Go ahead and mix it up! I just wanted to put that out there for you to keep in mind while you research the various options. There might be something you like in each section. Go ahead and put it together to suit the needs of your kids and your family.
Take a deep breath and then take some time to let all of this information sink in. Talk to other homeschooling families and compare notes. Once you become more
familiar with all of your options, you will start to see that one of
these methods will fit better with you and your family than the others.
One of the best things about homeschooling is that you have the freedom to change how you homeschool whenever you want.
You may decide after awhile that you need a change. So, veteran homeschoolers, spend some time looking into this information, too, and see if it isn't time to change the way you do things.