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Elle Cole, Podcast host and veteran homeschool discusses how to prepare to begin homeschooling.

The Best Way to Make Homeschool Preparations

In this episode, we get back to the basics and share the best way to make homeschool preparations.

History to Explore

More and more families across the United States want more educational options for their children. The 2020 Census Bureau data reported that the number of African American homeschool households homeschooling increased by five times — larger than any other racial group. The popularity of self-directed parent-led education is at an all-time high.

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Elle Cole, Podcast host and veteran homeschool discusses how to prepare to begin homeschooling.
Elle Cole, Podcast host and veteran homeschool discusses how to prepare to begin homeschooling.

Grown Folks Talking About Homeschool Preparations

The three best ways to make homeschool preparations are:

  1. Review your state laws
  2. Assess your child’s academic needs
  3. Create a plan and gather your materials

Where can you go to learn what your state’s homeschool requirements are?

One organization that has laid out the requirements completely by the state is the homeschool legal defense association. Visit their website at hslda.org/legal and click on your state on the digital map. When I homeschooled, I met with my state homeschool review board twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring. Then I shared my daughters’ homeschool portfolio, showing each child receiving regular and thorough education.

Assess your child’s academic needs

Evaluate how your child/children learn best. Consider using a learning styles assessment to identify their primary learning style.

Remember, people don’t have just one learning style. They have several, so try to present a way to learn different materials using all three methods, which are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic or tactile learning. During the early years of homeschooling, I often daughter new information by singing (playing educational music CDs), creating models, projects, or doing experiments. I also encouraged my children to learn by playing games like a bean bag toss to practice spelling new words.

Create a plan and gather the materials

My advice is simple before you buy a complete curriculum, try it out first.

Try different curriculums to see what your child likes and dislikes. Of course, you want to give your child only work that he or she likes, but you should consider how they work best so that you can avoid meltdowns. Review what children in your state should be learning based on their ages or grades. Next, write out or type up your weekly objectives. This will give you a frame,e work to stay focused and make sure your child is thriving. Read reviews, and talk to others who may have used the curriculum.

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Tweetable quote: “Remember, just because you start with a curriculum doesn’t mean you have to stick with it, if it’s not a good fit.” – Elle Cole

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