Do Your Homework (Prepare to Homeschool)

When you homeschool, you are responsible for your child’s education. This should not be entered into lightly. It is a serious business. Are you prepared? Prepare to homeschool with these tips!

There are methods of teaching, styles of learning, types of curriculum and long-term goals that need to be considered. Here are some articles to help you sort through your many options and choices when homeschooling.

Homeschool Methods and Teaching Styles

There are many different ways to homeschool your children. You will want to explore which methods and teaching styles work best for your unique family. Click here to learn about the various homeschool methods to consider.

Your Child’s Learning Style

In addition, you’ll find that HOW your child learns best plays a big part in setting up a homeschool that is successful. It can be a wonderful opportunity to cater your child’s education to their individual needs and interests as well so that they can truly thrive! Learn more about learning styles.

Choose Your Curriculum

“What curriculum do I use?” is usually the first question beginning homeschoolers ask. Homeschoolers don’t suffer from a lack of material to use. In fact, navigating those options can be challenging! To help you get a great start, we’ve put these tips on how to choose a curriculum for your family that includes a guide to the Christian curriculum options available. 

Keep Learning About Homeschooling

Homeschooling is a wonderful adventure where we learn as much as our kids do! Take your time to get acclimated to homeschooling. In the meantime, start collecting good books on homeschooling to help you grow and build confidence as a homeschooling parent. Pick authors and approaches that you agree with. From a distinctly Christian point of view, OCEANetwork recommends authors like Chris Klicka, Cathy Duffy, Mike Farris, or Chris Davis. You can view our annotated recommended reading list for titles.

Know the Law & Get Support

Of course, this is a vital step that you’ll want to know first. Many people are concerned that they will receive resistance from local school authorities when they begin to homeschool. Or because your child has some special needs, a social worker or health provider might object to your decision. You are the parent. You have the responsibility and the authority to make the decision to homeschool.

Be sure to know Oregon homeschool law and reach out to OCEANetwork if you have any questions! We also recommend that all families join Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and turn all of those worries over to a group of Christian homeschool attorneys who have served homeschool families nation-wide since 1984. OCEANetwork Supporting Families even get a discount on HSLDA memberships!