DECIDE WHICH ROUTE YOU’LL TAKE
Once you’ve decided your destination on the home education journey, you can start planning how you’ll get there or the route you’ll take.
If homeschooling is a temporary detour in your child’s education, such as just the current school year, you’ll want to plan accordingly and stay on track more or less with what your child’s peers are learning at school. This will make for an easier reintegration when they return to school. Take a look at the Published Standards of Learning on your state’s Department of Education website as a guide.
If homeschooling is the road you’re going to stay on for the long haul, you have a lot more flexibility and freedom to explore and discover and adjust as needed.
Two topics you’ll want to research are learning styles and homeschool methods.
A learning style is essentially how an individual receives and engages with information and instruction. The three main learning styles are: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. As you observe and interact with your child, recognizing their preferred learning style can help set your homeschool up for success.
You’ll also want to give some thought to your educational philosophy and the homeschool method or approach you want to take. Perhaps you feel most comfortable with a traditional textbook approach, or maybe you prefer unit studies, classical education, Charlotte Mason, or a literature-based approach. There are some great resources online to learn more.
One last point on determining the route you’ll take … consider your family’s unique dynamics and needs. This is your journey and you get to create a learning adventure that best supports your children.