Dear New Homeschool Mom,
If you’re reading this, we’re willing to bet that this is your first year homeschooling. Well, you are certainly not alone! There has definitely been a sharp uptick in the number of parents who are choosing to homeschool their kids this year. Many parents are excited to try a whole new approach to education with their children. However, with so many options on how to homeschool, it can also be a little intimidating. In the Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook Community, we’ve seen a huge variety of questions about getting started, what to try, and what to avoid. We want to help!
Over the years, we’ve written several resources on the site to help homeschooling parents troubleshoot common issues. We also have information specifically to help new homeschooling parents get started. Below, you’ll find descriptions and links to relevant articles that will hopefully help you avoid some common mistakes (so that you can make your own unique ones…because we all do that) and get your first year of homeschooling off to a good start!
Are you trying homeschooling this year because your Public-School-at-Home educational experience this past spring did not go well? Or do you think that homeschooling should be just like public school…but at home (and are kind of confused on how to do that)? If either of these sounds like you, please start with this article which explains the very important differences between public-school-at-home and homeschooling. Click the heading above or click here to go to the article: Public-School-at-Home Failed You. Try Homeschooling!
This article provides 5 of the most practical, basic steps that you need to complete when you start homeschooling! Click the heading above or click here to go to the article: How to Homeschool: 5 Simple Steps
This article features encouraging advice learned from personal experience! Click the heading above or click here to read the article: Top 10 Homeschool Do’s and Don’ts
These four homeschooling mistakes are pretty common, so read this as a newbie to skip them altogether. Click the heading above or click here to go to this article: My 4 Biggest Homeschooling Mistakes
There are so many great curriculums out there, but which one is right for you? This article walks you through how to choose the right curriculum for your kids and your unique homeschooling situation. Click the heading above or click here to read the article: 10 Tips for Choosing the Right Curriculum for Your Family
One of the great things about homeschooling is that you get to teach your child in the way that works best for the way that he or she naturally learns. Click the heading above or click here to read the article: What Is Your Child’s Learning Style?
Can you work and homeschool? Yes, you can! It takes some re-organizing, but it’s completely possible. Whether you work out of the home or from home, here’s a resource with tips that will help you make it work! Click the heading above or click here to go to the article: The Ultimate Guide to Working While Homeschooling
Even in the most fun and successful homeschooling household, there will be some days when things go… off. Here are 7 tips for those kinds of days. Click the heading or click here to read these 7 tips! Seven Tips for Days When Homeschooling Is Not Working
This article talks about some of the important types of literary resources that can be an important part of your homeschool (and how to use them effectively). Click the heading or click here to find out why you need great books for your homeschool: To Homeschool Successfully, You Need Great Books
How should you use technology in your homeschool? What kind of tech is most coheasive with hands on learning? This article presents some very cool options that you might not have considered before. Click the heading or click the title of the article if you’d like to read To Homeschool Successfully, You Need Technology.
The ability to incorporate lots of hands-on activities is one of our favorite things about homeschooling! This article goes over some reasons we think hands on activities are amazing and goes over some great ones to use in your homeschool. Click the heading above or click the title to read To Homeschool Successfully, You Need Hands-on Activities.
Whether your kids are enrolled in one online class or several, this article will guide you towards some things that you can do to help them be successful! Click the heading above or click the article’s title to find out 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Succeed in Online Classes.
Did you know that there are several different schools-of-thought when it comes to how to approach homeschooling? This article over on our sister site, Only Passionate Curiosity, will give you a clear overview of some of the most popular ones. Maybe one (or more) of these methods will excite and inspire you! Click the header or click here to learn more about homeschool methods: Homeschool 101: Choosing Your Homeschool Method.
Homeschool Scheduling 101 Series
Also on our sister site, Only Passionate Curiosity, we have a whole series of articles about planning your homeschool year! Just click on the name of the article you’d like to read! Or you can click on the first article, read it, and then look at the bottom of that article to find the titles/links to the other articles in the series. This is a helpful series that breaks down the steps for planning your year, then taking your yearly plan to plan each week, and more!
- Homeschool Scheduling 101: Planning Your Year
- Homeschool Scheduling 101: Tackling Your Week
- Homeschool Scheduling 101: Keeping Kids on Track
- Homeschool Scheduling 101: How to Stay Sane While Homeschooling
- When Your Day Doesn’t Go as Planned
We hope these resources help get your first year of homeschooling off to a fantastic start! We often post homeschooling tips, crafts and activities here, so be sure to check back! We also have a lot of printables (including free printables) over on our sister site, Only Passionate Curiosity. Lastly, if you are looking for an active and supportive online community of other homeschooling moms, we’d like to also invite you to join our Facebook Community.