Using the Summer to Prepare a Homeschool Education Plan

I hope everyone is having a great summer making memories leaning into your creative side, building entrepreneurial skills, getting involved and making a difference through local service projects. For those of you considering homeschool, now is the perfect time to do your research and develop your education plan. (Check out my video Session 1 or contact me for a live consultation for help getting started.) I can help you decide the best homeschool curriculum to prepare for college.

Homeschool Research

Research state laws and requirements where you live. A quick Google search will point you in the right direction. Don’t worry.  For the most part, you don’t need to have a college degree in education.  You just need the desire to do it and an open mind. Research different methods and philosophies of education. There are a lot out there, and there is no right or wrong way. Also, there are no rules that dictate how it should look for your family. You can even combine different styles together. Researching now before you get started will help you understand how to create an education plan based on your goals for your child’s education.  Also, it can help you from falling into the trap of bouncing from style to style aimlessly until you find one that fits. Research different curricula. This one can be a bit overwhelming because of the wide array of curricula available. But many websites offer sample pages you can view to give you an idea of what that curriculum entails.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to their customer service with any questions you have.  If you use a company that offers a variety of curricula from different publishers, they often can give first-hand knowledge that is not generally biased for or against a particular brand.

A Way of Life

Most of all, remember homeschooling isn’t just about academics. It’s a way of life. It’s a different perspective on living and learning outside the box of traditional school. Homeschooling is very individual and personal. It looks different for everyone. It can be both challenging and exciting.   The rewards are as varied as the families who do it. Don’t let fear of the unknown or failure keep you exploring this great option for education. And always remember that homeschooling and college are not mutually exclusive ideas, but you do need to be plan ahead!