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I remember the moment I decided I was going to Homeschool. I had just checked the mail and had a letter from the school district in the mail box. The week before, I had decided to take Bug from school for 2 days so he could go and spend the weekend with his Dad. My husband had military orders to Germany, which meant there were only two months left for Bug and Mr. Man to spend time with their biological father who lived about 5 hours north of us. His work schedule was complicated, and we would be long gone to Germany before fall break. The visit had to be now, or never. It was already a long weekend, Bug was only in Kindergarten, and I had custody papers to show that Dad needed visitation.

I hadn’t worried too much about the decision to pull Bug from class. I wrote the school a note before we left to explain he was missing class for visitation and explained the extenuating circumstances. The last thing I expected when I opened the letter was a truancy notice. I don’t remember the exact phrasing of it, but I do remember it being an equal amount of threatening and disgusting.

Basically, the gist was “you are in huge trouble” and that there would be legal problems if I didn’t get that kids butt back in class. Forget “mother knows best”. Forget “A Kindergartener needs to spend time with his parent one last time before his life is turned upside down”. Homeschooling had been on my heart for some time, but as of that point, homeschooling was more than an idea to sit on, it was an action I knew I needed to take.

My husband was supportive of my decision but he had a lot of questions. He wanted me to have a plan and an idea of how we were going to do this Homeschooling thing, and he wanted me to be able to tell him how it was going to work and how much it was going to cost- all of which are fair questions. I sat in the living room in the dark for hours trying to find the answers online and it didn’t take long to become overwhelmed.

What do you do at that point; when you realize that Homeschooling is something you want and need to do? How do you get started? What do you teach? HOW do you teach it? It’s downright scary starting out, especially if you don’t know where to start.


This series is for you, the Mama who is new to Homeschooling:

You aren’t alone. It’s not as scary as you think. You CAN do this.

And I want to help you get started. Homeschool 101 is intended to help you start homeschooling. I’ll cover the basics, like deciding what and how to teach, choosing curriculum, and making homeschooling work for you in your home.

While this series is over, I am happy to take any specific questions you have which I will address in this series. You can post your homeschooling questions in the comments here, ask on Facebook, or email me at

Looking forward to it!

Read the Whole Series!

Homeschooling 101: Don’t Stress!
Homeschooling 101: Meet the Teacher (Homeschooling Methods)
Homeschooling 101: Your Child and how They Tick (Learning Styles)
Homeschooling 101: Set a Budget, Save a Buck
Homeschooling 101: The Socialization Question
Homeschooling 101: I Could NEVER Homeschool Because….

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  • I am going to read thru all this asap! We started homeschooling last year, but it still so new to us. We homeschool because our school district allows kids to get away with thing and have no consequences. They werent learning how to be an adult in real life. We are planning to homeschool until high school, then find a public school in the area that is good. I already have a few in mind.

    • It took me 3-4 years homeschooling before I really felt comfortable in my skin and my routines. I still have days where my confidence is rattled! I hope you start to feel more comfortable soon!

  • This is great! I can’t wait to read through it all. My daughter is currently in K (public) but I’m not happy with the level of education. So I have been reading, and planning like crazy. I actually go this week to meet with the school board to learn more about the level of support offered here and the paperwork side of things.

  • I am looking forward to your series. I made the decision to home school a couple of months ago and have been researching so much that my head is spinning. I have finally determined a plan, but execution, of course, is an unknown. I have 8 to school at the moment, grades K-11 (though the school wouldn’t take our K child because of birthday cut off dates) and we have a toddler at home. I have started acquiring basic materials and developing motivational plans. I still have a ways to go.

    My next big hurdle? Getting through the family reunion later this month without MIL knowing or at least responding graciously when she does.

    • Penelope- I know that anxious feeling when it comes to family! This is *such* a big lifestyle change, and it’s hard for people to be gracious when they are “worried” about the kids. Hopefully though, they will totally surprise you and be a support to you! If you hang out on the Well Trained Mind Forums at all, they talk about situations like these often, and the response is always “pass the bean dip” (as in, do not engage. Suzie says, “homeschooling is a bad idea” and you simply….. pass the bean dip) people who don’t support you aren’t worth the the wasted energy and heartache of an argument.

      as far as having 8 to school- you can do it! Hopefully some of those big kids will be independent self starters, and older kids can help teach younger! Maybe you can combine some in the same program too? Tapestry of Grace is meant for combining kids, Moving Beyond the Page can combine kids close in age (about 2-3 years) and even a program like Logic of English can be taught by an older child to a younger child, and BOTH will learn to spell. You *can* do this.

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