Deciding to Homeschool – The Do’s & Don’ts

If the idea of home schooling is something that you and your family are considering there are a couple of important things to make sure to decide before you make any decisions. This decision is something that will affect your children for years and needs to be taken seriously and not on a whim or when you are upset with a current situation. Following are a couple of do’s and don’ts when making the decision if home schooling is right for you and your family.

Do’s:

  • Learn the laws for home schooling in your state. The home school legal defense group is an important stop to make while you are making your decision on home schooling. Another great support system to find is local home school group in your area, visit some and find one that you feel comfortable in. One last stop in helping you make a decision is to find and visit a home school conference, there will be a lot of information presented to you and lots of different schooling options. Just don’t bring your checkbook, make no purchases. You will be tempted but that is not what you are there for, its education for you to make a decision you need to seek right now.
  • Make sure you and your spouse both agree on your decision. For the most part if you make the decision to home school there will be only one income coming into the home. Even if only one of you does the teaching you will need the support of your spouse. There will be naysayers about your decision so you will need to present a united front.
  • This can be a very exciting time for you and the kids. But before you do anything else write down a mission statement. What are your personal reasons for deciding to home school? What are some goals you want to accomplish the first year what are your long range goals for your home schooling. You will need this statement to fall back on when you are having rough days. There will be times when you doubt yourself and the decision you made to school at home. Believe me, there were times that if I hadn’t of had that paper to look at I would have quit many times.

Don’ts:

  • Decide to home school and work outside of the home. This is the education of your child; they deserve your attention and leadership for their education. This will be especially important the first year of home schooling no matter what grade your child is in they will need your help in knowing how to adjust to this new phase in their lives. And mom and dad this will be new for you and you will need to do some learning about how to home school yourselves.
  • Jump right into textbooks. I know this sounds like I’m now giving you conflicting advice but as you will soon learn on your home schooling journey there is so much more to education then textbooks. If you have little ones play games that will teach them, read books and play. If the kids are older and been in public school they may need some down time, some time away from textbooks, maybe some educational computer games or sports. Some free reading time, spend some time connecting with them and forming a relationship. Find their learning style so you can use it to help them love learning again. Warning: this is not permission to let the kids turn on the TV and zone out all day.

So I hope that these tips will help you and your family in making the right decision about home schooling. It will be a wonderful experience if you make the decision to do this. But if you can’t honestly say that you can make this the most important thing in your life, before your job, what others say about your decision or anything else, then maybe home schooling is not for you.


Shawn Snyder is a WAHM with 3 grown children and a loving hubby who gives her the freedom to follow her dreams.  She has an online business selling personalized children’s products. And a passion about raising the next generation of adults with love, respect and some good old fashion work ethic.

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2 Responses to “Deciding to Homeschool – The Do’s & Don’ts”

  1. Shawn Snyder Shawn Snyder says:

    Thanks Faith, I appreciate you reading and commenting. 8-) Shawn Snyder´s last blog ..3 Different Areas For Spring Cleaning My ComLuv Profile

  2. Faith Faith says:

    Thanks,
    That was very insightful.

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