Subjects and Goals
This is one of the easiest steps, which almost every person deciding to begin with a homeschool will be aware of. It is good to check with your state laws, which shall help you find out what kind of subjects are required and should be added in the curriculum. The list finalized, is always open for amendments just to ensure that the best is added however it is important to include some of the basic subjects i.e. Math, Language, arts, history, social science, science etc.
Decide the Books and Supplies
Once the list of subjects has been finalized, then the second step is to choose the books from which knowledge of specified subjects can be gained. This decision might turn out to be one of the best decisions for you, however at times it can be not that great. Your mind would be confused between different options i.e. how to get your books? Whether to opt for online or offline method of studying or a mixture of both of them? While you have taken the decision of choosing online books, it allows you to have a look at the books at a glance and moreover the books are available here at good prices.
If in case any of your friends, is also having a homeschool then it would be a good idea to have a look at their books. This would help you take the right decision and thus purchase the best set of books which would be helpful for you to study.
Choice of books can be done by following any of the two paths i.e. grade level of purpose guided or eclectic.
- Grade level: if you are following this path, then probably you can make choice of the books on the basis of your children grade. But this path does not seem to be a feasible one, especially when you have taken out your child from regular schooling. Nevertheless you can think that first year of homeschooling is going to be bumpier than the coming years.
- Eclectic: This path is a mixture of meeting the needs and interests of your child, wherein your child can gain knowledge and also do something which meets his interest. Most of the parents opt for homeschooling, because of the fact that their children have different areas of interest which would be hampered if he/she continues to go for homeschooling. Herein parents might decide to use books from different publishers which are usually not followed in the schools or is different from the regular curriculum.