Do you want to start homeschooling, but feeling like you're heading into totally new and unfamiliar territory?
We're here to help!
Open our QUICK START GUIDE for an overview.
Next, use the Start Homeschooling guide below for step-by-step instructions and resources to help you as you begin your exciting and rewarding homeschool adventure.
Almost everyone beginning the homeschool adventure has felt a bit overwhelmed,
facing an unfamiliar path.
We're here to help you take the steps you need to start your homeschooling journey!
Would you like to hear some personal stories from real-life families who have chosen homeschooling as their educational choice?
Christy Shipe, who was homeschooled and is now homeschooling her own children, introduces video clips of parents telling why they made the choice to home educate.
What were their reasons for choosing home education?
What benefits have they seen?
Watch and see!
In Part #2 of the video, you'll learn a bit about the early years of homeschooling.
What was it like for those pioneering families who began homeschooling when it was not legally recognized or culturally accepted?
What about socialization?
Are homeschooled students accepted by colleges, employers, and the military services?
Find answers here.
Part #3 of the video discusses the importance of working together to defend and retain the homeschooling freedoms that we enjoy today.
A brief background of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which produced this video, is presented.
The closing portion returns to real-life homeschooling parents sharing why they chose home education. Their comments -- along with those of some of their homeschooled children -- will encourage and inspire you to begin the homeschooling adventure with your family!
Step #1: Set Your Vision
Though you might be tempted to skip to the more “practical” steps, we encourage you to take a few minutes to consider the reasons for homeschooling. Briefly list your own foundational reasons as to why you want to homeschool.
Yes, homeschooling is an amazing adventure, but there will be challenging days, too.
On those days, you can pull out your foundational reasons to restore confidence and vision.
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU MOST WANT TO ACCOMPLISH AS A PARENT.
Here are a few examples:
- Passing on Faith
- Building Character
- Fostering Love of Learning
- Strengthening Family Bonds
- Equipping for Future Service
We hope you agree with us that homeschooling is the best educational option to help make your intentions realities.
© 2020 Homeschool Iowa & Julie Naberhaus adapted from "The ABC's of Homeschooling in Iowa" by Julie Naberhaus