How to start homeschooling in 2020? Quick Guide!

hello everyone so today I'm going to be

talking about how to start homeschooling

so if you're new to homeschooling or you

have been homeschooling for a short

period of time and you want to improve

on your current system I hope to provide

some insight today I am a homeschool mom

of five and I make educational videos

for parents and teachers and so a lot of

you that have been homeschooling through

the coronavirus you now want to pull

your kids out of school and you want to

start homeschooling them in September

and you don't know what to do you're a

little bit lost there's just so much

information out there and you don't know

how to really apply it to your lives so

today I'm going to be doing like a quick

start to homeschooling video and I hope

that it isn't really enriching for you

so first of all let me commend you for

your decision to start this homeschool

journey it is a wonderful thing to be

the main influence in your child's life

you know when you send your child out to

school someone else for seven to eight

hours a day is pouring into your

children someone else is their main

influence and you don't really get a

resume from these teachers you don't

really know who these people are you

don't really know their inner state and

you don't know what they're really

pouring into your children but you now

as the main influencer in your child's

life you're going to have a very unique

opportunity not only to bond but you're

going to be able to observe your child's

character and academics and when it

starts getting out of track you're going

to be able to amend any issues that you

see along the way so it's a very unique

opportunity you're going to be able to

pour into your children a lot of amazing

values knowledge character building and

beautiful priceless experiences that you

will be able to build together and so I

really commend you on starting this

journey it's a very selfless decision to

put everything aside and decide to

educate your children and homeschooling

has so many benefits and one of the

benefits is that you're going to be

providing a superior education than

public school

in a lot of instances if you provide a

well-rounded curriculum homeschool

students are known to score higher on

standardized testing you have to create

a well-rounded program for each child

and so today we're going to talk about

that and so the first thing that you

want to do is that you want to research

what your homeschool state laws are so

every state has different laws and some

states require standardized testings

some states require portfolio reviews

some states require certain amount of

hours some states require a certain

number of subjects so you have to really

do your research and find out what is it

that your state requires some states

don't require anything at all and so

once you have this information you're

going to be able to know exactly what's

needed from you and from your homeschool

and I'm going to be linking below in the

description box a link to where you can

learn what is required from your state

is going to be a list and it's going to

list all of the states and what is

required from each state so once you

have done that now you're ready to move

on to the to the next process so if you

intend to start in September you want to

write a letter of intent to your School

District letting them know that you're

pulling your child out of school and

that you intend to soar homeschooling

September 2020 and I'm going to provide

a sample letter a free sample letter

that you can model after to write this


it's basically letting them know that

you are you will be homeschooling their

child won't be going to school in the

next fall and you want to do this

ideally latest by September first before

that because you want to let them know

that your child won't be attending so

that your child is not account

so once you've done that once you've

done your research and once you've let

the school know that you and tend to

home-school now you can really start to

delve into other things so one of the

first things I say to start doing is to

join some type of group or network there

are so many homeschool groups that meet

in libraries I meet in parks I meet in

other places it is really important

because through these groups you're

going to be able to find fellowships

support and guidance I'm number when I

first started homeschooling and I joined

a local homeschool group and it was

beautiful for us because I was able to

learn so many things from these families

and these moms were so wonderful

they're they're willing to take you

under their wing and teach you all the

ways so I was able to get an inside view

of the curriculum I was able to learn

about the local resources that I have

available to me in my community I was

able to learn how to set up a routine

and how to make sure that each of my

children were on track with their

schoolwork and it was really a enriching

experience for me so I really recommend

that you do the same and you can do this

by just googling what is available in

your local communities Google up

homeschool groups in so-and-so area you

can look for Facebook groups there's so

many out there you can look for Facebook

groups that are by county and you'll be

able to find one for your county and I

really recommend one special thing then

when you go to these groups that you try

to become friends with at least one or

two homeschool families it is really

important that in your homeschool

journey you have one or two homeschool

families that you meet with on a monthly

basis at least this is for support for

fellowship and for accountability you

know home school can be a very isolating

journey and if you don't have support

then it's going to be so much harder

also your kids grow up and they get to

grow up seeing the same friends so it's

really important to do see if you can

find one or two homeschool found

say you become good friends with and

that you can see on a monthly basis the

next step is your curriculum how to

choose curriculum that curriculum could

be a daunting thing because there's so

much out there and you're gonna see that

there's thousands of options but

depending on your family size depending

on your child's learning style you want

to develop a curriculum that's targeted

for that child's particular need and

particular ability so it's really

important that in the beginning you

assess what type of learners you have

kinesthetic visual learners auditory

learners there's different types of

learners I'm going to link down in the

description box a way that you can

assess your children this is going to

provide information so that you can give

the curriculum towards their particular

learning style for example if you have a

kinesthetic learner someone who learns

hands-on then you may want to provide a

math curriculum that uses manipulatives

like math you see for example if you

have an auditory learner you might want

to provide audiobooks or read aloud to

them their lessons because they learn

through hearing and so knowing the type

of learner that you have is going to

help you create a particular program for

that child that's going to be very

soothing for their abilities so once

you've done that then you want to start

picking the curriculum that you want and

like I said once you have established a

connection with a group or with families

you can start looking at the inside

views of some of these curriculums so

one book that I have loved and that I

started off with was it's called a

well-trained mind the water in mind is

using the classical approach using the

Trivium which is the natural way a child

learns and it's a great book because it

tells you what to do for each grade and

it gives you the different types of

curriculums that you can choose from and

it helps you create your own curriculum

I really recommend that book has helped

me a ton another book that I recommend

is home learning year by year and this

is another wonderful book is going to

you from preschool to high school what

children need to learn and for example

so it will tell you for kindergarten

what they need to learn from math for

writing for reading for everything all

the way up to high school for all of the

subjects and in that it tells you the

different types of curriculums that you

can use to be able to teach the children

everything that they need to learn it's

going to be a wonderful way for you to

create your own curriculum and the third

option that I have for you is Kathy

Duffy's website it's it's a wonderful

website it's been around since the 80s

and she reviews homeschool curriculum

showing the pros and the cons for the

curriculum she also has a list of the

102 top curriculum that she recommends

and I think it's a great resource for

families when I first started

homeschooling I went to the library and

I started doing a lot of research about

early childhood education and learning

how the mind works how children learn

and everything like that and I really do

recommend that because it's really

important that you do learn all of these

things also learning about the different

methodologies you can get books to learn

about the different homeschooling

methodologies so there's the classical

education there's Charlotte Mason

there's Montessori there's Waldo

earthers Reggio Emilia there's so many

and you may want to delve into one of

these paths and you might just want to

be a Charlotte Mason home or you might

just be a Montessori in' or you might be

like me where I pick a little bit from

each methodology and I incorporate it

into my home school so you just see what

resonates with you and what resonates

with your family so once you have

created a curriculum then you want to

move on to creating a schedule it is

very important that when you homeschool

you have a routine and you have a

scheduled home schooling is not for the

lazy and it's not for the disorganized

I always say this because this is not

something that you just buy a bunch of

books and you just roll out of bed and

you try to figure it out it requires a

lot of sacrifice it requires a lot of

order and it requires organization if

you're not this way this mind

be the path for you but you can change

if you don't change these ways then you

you you will do your kids of the service

if you put them out of school and you

don't have an organized routine for them

so it is very important that you do

realize that homeschooling will take a

lot of sacrifice and that in order to

provide it will run the curriculum you

need to have a system without a system

you will not be successful in

homeschooling so you want to design a

schedule for your home you want to

design a plan for your home school you

want to plan the year out and I can go

more into depth about planning in

another video but definitely start off

with having a schedule when are you

going to home-school do you want to

home-school in the morning to your core

subjects in the morning and then maybe

do some electives and hands-on things in

the afternoon or maybe you're not a

morning person you might want to just

have a relaxed morning go for a walk to

some exercise and then do some work in

the afternoon I found that children

learn best in the morning that is when

their mind is the most fresh and I do my

work with the kids in the morning all

the core subjects reading writing and

math and then in the afternoon we do the

electives which are more like hands-on

and with experienced parents and stuff

like that so you just have to figure out

how is it that you're going to organize

your way and you want to have a routine

and you want to have a space set out in

your home for homeschooling and it

doesn't have to be a homeschool room it

can be your dining table but as long as

you have a dedicated area where you do

your home school every single day the

mind is gonna know okay when I sit down

so - I sit down here at this time I'm

ready to learn I mean I'm ready I'm


so you design your schedule you want to

design a plan as well so you want to

know how long it's going to take how

many lessons are in your math book you

want to know how long is it going to

take for you to finish it for the end of

the year so you want to plan all of

these things out let's move on to talk

about all the other questions that I

have written down here that you have for

me so you want to know how to socialize

your children and this is a valid


so socialization is something that is

valid in that you should pay attention

to and in order to provide socialization

for your kids there's so many options as

a home schooler there are many

cooperatives there's educational there's

recreational there's fine arts coops

there's social co-ops there's many many

coops you just have to determine

according to the plan that you've

determined for your home school which

co-op what is the the coop that is going

to need meet your need it might not be

an educational co-op you may already

have everything you need educationally

but you might need some social

opportunities there are coops that

provide socials and activities and

events for children

there are also coops that you can use

for fine arts for example we use a co-op

for fine arts and the kids go and they

take all of their instruments there so

there they do instruments and drama and

chorus and things like that

but you just have to see what is it that

you need you don't want to just jump

into an academic co-op and then that

co-op really doesn't it's not in line

with your with your learning methodology

or maybe those subjects are really not

something that you really need for your

home school you don't want to go waste a

day of the week just to go there for

socialization because in in reality you

don't socialize when you go to classes

you socialize when you make connections

with people and when you talk to people

and you make friendships with people and

you do that by doing what I told you you

want to have 1 2 3 homeschool families

that you meet with and a monthly basis

where your kids are friends when you do

events and activities together you do

trips together you do arts and crafts

together this way you are really helping

your kids socialize with the same kids

every single month now there are other

things that you can do for your children

to bring them out and to provide

enrichment for them so libraries I'm

known to be a library junkie and I will

get a calendar and I will write down all

the things that are

in my local community one of the classes

that libraries have so I'll go from one

life I go to the library in my town but

I also go to the neighboring towns and

library there's so many library classes

from stem to cooking to so-and-so

gardening all types of classes for kids

and they're free and so I go I got a

little calendar and I write down all of

the classes that I think my kids will

like and I ask them you want to go to

this class

there's also Michael's arts and crafts

classes which are like two dollars per


there's Home Depot classes which are

free there's community events find out

what's in your local community there's

museums that offer classes for home

schoolers there so so much so providing

all of this is really for enrichment

when they go to these things they may

make a friend but in reality you you

make these friends with your own family

with your cousins with maybe people like

Church with the homeschool families that

I talked to you about you want to have

two or three homeschool families that

you make good friends with that is key

to your homeschool journey you may want

to have your kids participate in sports

there are certain states that you can

participate in sports and being a home

schooler you can go play high school

sports there are some states that don't

allow that but either or you could still

join your community leagues and have

your children participate in sports if

that's something that they're into it's

not something that's mandatory you have

to follow your children's interest

moving on to your other questions that

you have is this my child need a high

school diploma

does my child get high school diploma

with home schooling a lot of people are

concerned about that that's something

that I was concerned with when I first

started and yes your child gets a high

school diploma you as a parent issue the

high school diploma so when you targets

the high school you create a transcript

for that child and each course has a

different number of credits and you

issue grades and as part of their high

school course they can take dual

enrollment credits in the local

community colleges and what this does is

that it helps a child for example like

if they're taking a science course

or high school they can take that

science course at a community college

and it serves as a high school course

and it serves as a college score so by

the time they're done with high school

they have a lot of courses a lot of

credits that they have under their belt

and it gives them a head start for

college if you want an accredited high

school diploma you can enroll in an

umbrella school and on brenell schools

they either meet physically like once a

week or there are also virtual

correspondence schools that you could be

a part of and you receive an accredited

high school diploma they provide a

curriculum and they provide the testing

and they provide everything that you

need they grade your work the only

downfall to that is that you cannot you

can't target the curriculum to be a

certain way you can't you have to follow

their curriculum the way that they have

it because they are the school and so

you don't have the flexibility of having

your own individualized curriculum for

these types of schools but I've never

seen a problem with home school children

getting into college

in fact colleges a lot of times favor

home schoolers because they do so well

in testing and they do so well overall

and so another way that you can have

your child get a high school diploma is

going through your community college

they offer these courses where the kids

take a course and they take a test and

they got their high school diploma if

that's something that you really want to

have for your peace of mind but you but

you don't need it you don't need it

because you as a parent issue that

diploma to the child

let's moving on to the other questions

that you have how do you teach multiple

children I have multiple children I

don't know how how to teach all of them

at the same time you don't have to teach

all of them at the same time so what you

do is you have your children and you

work with them one at a time doing

rotations with them while you're not

working with the others they're working

on independent work such as writing and

spelling and reading things that they

can do on their own if they're just too

small to do things on their own you have

them play or do something else and then

you will take in with each child and you

do their core subjects you grade their


and you go successively child by child

on so they have finished her work and I

have made a video on her on a morning

routine and how I do my rotations and

maybe you can get some ideas from that

and I'll link that video below in the

description box

standardized testing do I have to test

my child it all depends on your state

there are some states that require that

you take standardized testing but there

are some others that have a relaxed

approach to homeschooling and they don't

required size of your evaluations so

again you have to see what is it that

your state requires as your children get

older you may want to give them these

Saturdays so see with where they stand

this is sort of a way to assess your

children to see where they stand and

it's something that I plan to do when my

kids get older virtual classes so some

of you asked can I just have my child

take virtual classes and yes you can you

can have if you work and you can't

home-school your child you can have your

children take virtual classes where they

could take all of their classes online

absolutely a lot of you ask me if you

can home school and work yes you can

absolutely all you need to do is have a

sec ridiculous child and then have an

overseer like a grandparent or a

caregiver and then when you get back

from work you can grade that work you

can go over the work with the child

it is definitely doable it just requires

a lot of sacrifice and it requires a lot

of organization on your part I

personally don't have my children - all

of their classes online because I like

being the teacher I like interacting

with the child I like giving them

hands-on things bringing learning alive

but I do understand that there is a lot

of you that are on different

circumstances where you do need to have

your children online but also you can

outsource different subjects that you

don't want to teach for example you can

have your child take just science

virtually or just math for example my

third grader my fifth grader are taking

math online this year and

everything is online the lectures are

online and they everything they learn it

online and it's self grading and also

they user notebooks or write down all of

their work and then they put their

answers into the computer and everything

is done on the computer and it's

wonderful way it takes weight off my

shoulders and children are able to work

independently which is a wonderful thing

so you can make your homeschool to be

however you want it to be depending on

your needs and your circumstances and so

I think that is the book of the

questions that I wanted to answer today

I don't want to make this video too long

coming up I have a video on how you can

create an independent course study for a

children that are 8 and above or 7 and

above and I'm going to be talking about

the independent curriculum that I have

from a third and fifth grader and how

discovery learning and independent

learning is it's crucial actually for

the child's development and I'm going to

share with you what resources I'm using

for our independent curriculum so please

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homeschooling welcome onboard to this

beautiful homeschooling journey to all

of you that are starting homeschool I'm

so excited for you and I know that you

are absolutely going to love love this

journey and so the next time bye-bye