5 Steps to Begin Homeschooling in the Middle of the Year

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It’s not surprising at all to me why so many people decide to start homeschooling in the middle of a school year. For many people homeschooling has been a recurrent thought in the back of their minds. The school year started out rough and they decide they’ll give it until Christmas break to see if their child adjusts to the new school year. Christmas break rolls around and nothing much has changed. Mom and Dad know something must change and they spend Christmas break talking about the option of homeschooling. The new year comes and they know homeschooling is what they must do……but how?!

How do you begin homeschooling in the middle of a school year?

Really it’s not all that complicated, and it is the best thing you can do for your child who is struggling in their current school situation.

You really can begin homeschooling in the middle of a school year, and here is how you do it. Number 5 is essential.

Here are five steps to begin homeschooling {even in the middle of a school year}:

1. First of all, and I cannot stress this enough, find out the legal requirements for taking your child out of the public school system in your state. Each state is different and you need to make sure you follow the requirements so that you don’t face any trouble. Please visit the HSLDA website to find the homeschooling requirements for your state. 9 times out of 10, the process will be easy and you will not have any difficulty, but even if you do receive grief from your child’s school/district, please know that you have the right to homeschool {just be sure you’re following the proper protocol in removing your child from the school system}.

2. I highly recommend taking some time to evaluate your child. Are they on grade level? Does that matter to you? Do you know in which grade you should place your child? Especially if you have a child who was struggling in the public school system, you may really want to consider a placement test. You may be surprised at what you find. I have talked with many homeschoolers who have pulled their children from public school only to find that they were one or more grade levels behind where they should have been. If this happens to you, don’t fret. This is actually great news. Now you know where to begin with your child, and when they have one on one instruction with you, you’ll be amazed at how quickly they will breeze through once difficult subjects.

3. Choose a curriculum. It’s no secret…there are lots of homeschool curriculum publishers out there! Take some time to browse your options. Decide which programs will work for your child’s learning style. Do you prefer an online program or textbook-based? Need some tips on choosing a curriculum? Check out this post.

4. Determine what your homeschooling schedule will look like. Homeschooling is based on trial and error. Try what you think will work best….if it doesn’t work out, change it. Flexibility = the beauty of homeschooling. I’ll let you in on a little secret though, there is no perfect homeschooling schedule. There ya go. I just saved you at least a year’s worth of homeschooling stress. You’re welcome!

5. Pray. And then pray some more. Ask God to direct your homeschooling. If he has called you to homeschool, he has also equipped you with all you need to homeschool. New homeschooling jitters are normal. Doubting your abilities is normal. However, the Creator of the Universe is telling you not to worry. He’s got this, you only need to rely on Him. You can do this, Mama! Worried about what family and friends will say? Here are some tips for dealing with homeschool haters.

If you are transitioning from public school to homeschool, please read this post. You’ll be glad you did!

Congratulations! You’ve made an excellent decision. Homeschooling is a gift. Rest assured there will be difficult days, but they’re worth it. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, give yourself a few days {or even weeks} to get yourself and your plans together. Trust me, your children won’t mind a few more days of Christmas vacation!

Are you considering homeschooling? Do you have questions? Ask away, I’m sure someone here can help you!


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