When you suddenly find yourself homeschooling your children due to situations beyond your control, it may be overwhelming to even know where to begin. First, take a deep breath! No matter the age of your child, there are some wonderful options available that will make your transition from institution to home a smooth one, whether it is for the short-term or the long-term.
Begin by looking up your state’s homeschool laws. Each state’s laws can be easily found through our website!
Next, connect with homeschool support groups in your area. A homeschool support group will be invaluable as a parent resource, as well as to provide your children an outlet to meet other homeschoolers.
When you are ready to start thinking about curriculum, do not try to simply “recreate” the textbook-driven school day. One of the wonderful things about homeschooling is that you can be as creative and “out of the box” as you desire to be. Use the resources around you to create a wonderful learning environment. Go to the park, the zoo, a museum, or the library. Use your child(ren)’s interests to guide their learning. Enjoy the resources in your community as you adjust to your family’s new lifestyle, and give your child an opportunity to engage with a love for learning.
If you are homeschooling in the short-term, and know that your child will be going back to school, do not invest in large, expensive curriculum purchases, especially if you are just beginning to homeschool mid-year. There are many free resources available that can be used at a moment’s notice. Check out this page for several short or long-term options for new homeschoolers!
How you set up your home school will depend on your life circumstances and your children’s age. Do not be afraid to simply enjoy your new homeschool situation, however temporary it may be. As hard as change can be, sometimes it is a catalyst for something great. May this new chapter in your child’s education journey be full of blessings!
- Andrea Stempel