Now that you are pretty sure you are going to home school, you need to decide which homeschooling method you are going to choose. "Choose a method," you ask? Yes, you must choose how you are going to accomplish all of your home schooling tasks.
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.
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. Got it?
Before I move on to some of your options, I'd also like to point out that you, yes you, can design your own homeschooling curriculum if you want. You need to consider the laws of your state, of course, but otherwise you can pick and choose from the many options 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. Does that blow your mind, or what?
That being said, I have included information on some of the various
options that you have to choose from when deciding the type of schooling
you will do. They are:
I know what you're thinking: "There are that many ways to home school out there? How will I ever decide?" Relax and take some time to explore the information I have compiled for you. 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 nice things about home schooling is that you have the
freedom to change how you homeschool. 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.