Homeschooling for Newbies - How to Get Started

Are you new to homeschooling?  This article will tell you how to get started, for your  kids or teens. Included are tips for choosing your own frugal homeschool curriculum and more. From a veteran homeschooler, who graduated her daughter and helped her get into each of the colleges that she applied to. 

Are you considering homeschooling your kids/teens for the first time?  With all the recent changes in the pubic schools regarding covid-19, many parents are considering homeschooling and we welcome you. 

When my husband and I began to think about homeschooling, we knew we needed to educate ourselves first. But how do you do that?  

Instead of googling "homeschooling" and looking through tons of links, I would like to share with you how we got started, the first year that we homeschooled our dear daughter, at age 4.

Today I would like to discuss:

  • Educating ourselves on homeschooling
  • Finding your state homeschool law
  • What homeschooling might look like
  • Choosing your homeschool curriculum
  • Finding homeschool support
SO let's go ahead and talk about how we educated ourselves, as newbie homeschoolers.....

Homeschool High School Help FREEBIE

I am offering a FREEBIE - PDF full of encouragement for homeschool high school moms, with resources and curriculum favorites, tips for your high school homeschool for planning plus how to make it FUN for your teen!  #homeschoolhighschool #freebiehighschoolhelp

Are you getting started with homeschooling high school, or just thinking about doing that this year or the next?

After my daughter graduated from our homeschool and went onto college, I started blogging and writing about how to homeschool high school.

Today I want to share with you a FREBBIE, full of my favorite articles on homeschooling high school, all put together into a PDF for you!  My mission is to encourage families who want to homeschool their teens.  And keep their nurturing homeschool style all along the way.

Homeschool Summer and Fall Arts Online Offerings for your Kids and Teens

This article is about virtual offerings for art, music, drama and more from a very homeschool friendly organization called the Faith Center for the Arts.  #faithcenterforthearts #onlinelearning #homeschoolart #homeschoolmusic This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our  own homeschool. Please see my disclosure policy.

Are you looking for something new to help make your kids's summer fun and creative this year?

This has been such a hard time for everyone this spring with concerns about covid 19.

Having to miss out on our weekly activities, co-ops, dance classes, or whatever your kids enjoyed before the pandemic, has been so hard on so many of us as homeschooling families.  And for public school families, with their kids missing school and also having to learn without their usual learning environment, has also been very challenging.

Wouldn't it be nice to have some of those things, like dance classes, music lessons and more, be offered online?

I recently have been introduced to the  Faith Center for the Arts, who has offered classes in the arts for over 25 years, and have served 500 homeschool families each year in:.......

- dance
- music
- drama
- visual arts

Frugal Online Courses for Homeschooling Middle or High School

In this article we are sharing our favorite frugal homeschooling middle or high school curriculum that is online. #frugalonlinehomeschoolcurriculum #homeschoolhighschoolcurriculum This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our  own homeschool. Please see my disclosure policy.

Are you looking for an online course or two for your high schooler this year?  

There are now so many options out there, that it can be overwhelming when you go online and search for these computer based courses yourself.

I have gathered together a number of resources for online courses below.  Some offer group based live courses, others are video based, and still others are web-based online and done independently by your student....

Homeschool Record Keeping is NOT That Hard! - with these Ideas from 4 Veteran Homeschool Mamas

This article is about recording keeping for high school at home, as many families fear doing high school because of the record keeping involved.  Sharing today easy ways to do record keeping from 4 veteran homeschool mamas. Please see my disclosure policy on affiliate links. #homeschoolrecordkeeping #homeschoolhighschool

Keeping records in the early years was very simple in our homeschool.  I just used my homeschool planner to add the notes on what we did each week.  

That came in handy when we did informal annual assessments at the end of the year.  For that, I needed to summarize what we had done to share that with our assessment teacher.

When we hit the high school years, things got a lot more formal...

Frugal High School Art and How to Make it into a High School Credit

Are you looking for a frugal way to help them do a fine arts elective?  College bound teens usually have that required as part of their college entrance requirements. This may include affiliate links.  Please see my disclosure policy .#homeschoolhighschool #highschoolelectives #highschoolart #frugalhighschoolcurriculum

Do you have a teen who is interested in exploring their skills in art?  

Or is your teen looking for a fun way to do their fine arts elective this year?  How about doing a video based Art course, taught by a master artist?   

You ARE An Artist, a small company owned by a homeschooler, offers many video art courses.  You should see all the choices!!

Frugal Homeschool High School Social Psychology Elective

This article is about frugal social studies electives, Psychology. And how those things can really add a lot to make a college attractive transcript. Affiliate links are sometimes used on my blog, for resources that we have used or would use in our homeschool.  Please see my disclosure policy.

Are you looking for something different for your teen's high school elective this fall?  

We were lucky.  

All of the colleges on my daughter's list let us choose what courses we wanted for her Social Studies requirements.  

So for our daughter, a course in psychology, sociology, and the like would count towards her college entrance requirements in social studies.

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