So you want to try homeschooling...
You likely have tons of questions:
What does a homeschooling day look like?
How do I get my children to do school work with me?
What if I don't feel confident teaching a specific subject?
How will I know if my child is behind?
We are here to help!
First and foremost: Take a deep breath. You are not alone. You are capable. Your child is built to learn.
RESOURCES to help you get started
There are tons of great books on why and how people homeschool. Click the link below to access our recommendations. These books will give you an overview of the wonderful adventure that homeschooling can be and help you feel good about your decision to homeschool.
In the meantime, the school year is approaching and you need practical help. Here is some extremely useful information for you to browse through to help you get started:
Determine what needs to get covered by grade level. You can look up the CA State Standards. Or you can use the book series: What Your 1st Grader Needs to Know. These are great general resources.
Discover Your Child's Learning Style is a great tool to help you find out how your child learns best. We suggest you take the assessment yourself so that you better understand your own learning style as well. This information can serve as a north star when choosing curriculum.
As you browse curriculum and find out what resonates, you may start to see patterns. Perhaps you gravitate toward one homeschooling philosophy or another. Here are a few examples to get you started, plus one link for each to start you down the rabbit hole. :D You can always choose a mixture of any of these. For example you can unschool for science and use Waldorf for math.
Classical Education: the curriculum covers the same general information with increasing depth and varying emphasis based on the child's intellectual developmental stage (Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric)
Waldorf: curriculum based on child's stages of emotional development as well as intellectual development
Literature Based Learning: all subjects are taught through stories even math
Unschooling: follow your child's lead, passions; choose curriculum, classes, experiences that that are inspired by their natural interests
There are so many options out there. Some are subject curriculum. Some cover all subjects. Some are free. Some require you to purchase specific materials as well as the curriculum itself. You can find a substantial list of them here. Here are a couple to get you started:
Use the link below to see a list of GREAT books on the subject of homeschooling that will help you feel empowered!