Homeschool 101

Do you have doubts and fears about being a successful homeschooler? Of course! Even seasoned home schoolers can have these.  What subjects to teach, how to structure the education, how to get organized, what styles of teaching (yes there are styles), which curriculum to buy, all of these questions can be completely overwhelming.  It’s OK.  It is normal and you are not alone.  NMHEA is here to help you with your questions and doubts.  You can do this.  You can homeschool and you don’t have to be an expert, a teacher, or even have a college degree to do it.

Step 1: Why have you decided to homeschool?

Think about it. Write it down.  It can be as long or as short as it needs to be. There are a lot of reasons to homeschool and if they are meaningful to you, they are valid.  Some of the more common reasons are for security of your children, religious beliefs, better education, special needs, and avoiding indoctrination.

Now take your list and put it where you can read it for encouragement when you need it.  Put your  list in the front of a planner, as a poster on the wall, or any other way you choose, but keep it handy to encourage and motivate you when you need it.

Step 2: Be Legal.

In the state of Mississippi all you need to do is complete and submit a Certificate of Enrollment stating that you will be homeschooling a particular child.  The form should be completed and returned to a district attendance officer before September 15, of the current school year.  If you remove your children from school during the year you will have 15 days to complete and submit the form.  Currently it is a paper form, but there are conversations going on to create an online form with the state.  If and when that occurs, this paragraph will be updated and link placed here.

In addition to completing the state requirements, it is also a good idea to take out a little insurance in regards to protecting your homeschooling rights.  Home School Legal Defense Association is a group of lawyers who all work together to support and defend homeschoolers, homeschool laws, and homeschool rights nationwide.  For a minimal fee you can have peace of mind knowing that if Child Protective Services or a truant officer shows up at your door you have someone to call that will tell you how to handle it and how to protect your rights.

Step 3: Choose your curriculum.

Next Page: Choosing Curriculum