How To Prepare For Homeschooling


Set Up & Organize

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Making The Decision

Find Out Your State's Requirements

Determine Your Child's Learning Style

Visual

Auditory

Kinesthetic/Tactile

Research Homeschooling Methods

The Charlotte Mason Method

The Classical Method

The Montessori Method

Religious Method

Traditional / Structured / School-At-Home Approach

Unit Studies / Integrated Studies / Thematic Unit

Unschooling

Online Distant and Community Learning

The Eclectic Method

Determine The Cost

Curriculum / Learning Materials

Sample Eclectic Curriculum

Shop for Curriculum Materials

Supplies / Equipment / Furniture

Other Resources

Set Up & Organize

The final step before starting to homeschool involves getting everything set up and organized.  Teaching and learning materials and supplies can be organized by using storage bins, inexpensive plastic containers, a storage cabinet and closet shelves. Plastic lockers can also be used to store student materials. Bookcases can be used for textbooks and binders. CD and DVD cases can be used to organize CDs, DVDs and software. 

A well lit convenient area should be choosen for teaching, working and study areas.  A kitchen, dining room or basement area can serve as an ideal learning environment. Children can sit around a kitchen or dining room table while lessons are being taught and they can use the table as a desk for doing their work afterwards. Kitchens are also ideal for Science and Art because the sink and counters can be used experiments and art projects. A bedroom works well for taking tests especially if it has a desk. 

White erase boards are nice for teaching lessons, they can easily be set up on an easel. They are very portable and can be moved from room to room as needed.   A cork bulletin board or magnet board can be set up in a central area and used for displaying work.  Maps, calendars and posters can also be displayed on bulletin boards or hung on walls. Centrally located in/out baskets can be used for collecting and returning assignments. 

Bookcases placed in a designated area can serve as a library and an office, dining room, family room or basement can serve as a computer area.

Record keeping is easier if done on the computer and can be set up using Microsoft office software like Excel or Access, or specific software for grading, scheduling and keeping track of assignments can be used.

After everything is set-up and organized, the daily schedule can be determined and displayed in a centrally located area, posted on the computer or given to each child to keep in a notebook.

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