How do we get started in
Here are some suggestions
to help you get started:
1. Seek the Lord and agree as husband and wife on your decision to
2. Research home education by reading one or two basic books on home
education, such as Christopher Klicka's The Right Choice (available for
$12.95 from HSLDA, Box 159, Paeonian Springs VA 20129), and back issues
of The Teaching Home magazine.
Meet and visit with experienced home schoolers in your church or local support
group and make an effort to attend your state's home-school convention.
3. Contact your state home-school organization to learn of local support
groups, events, and publications as well as your state's laws governing home
education. HSLDA has state law summaries.
4. Make arrangements to comply with the law according to your
conscience and recommendations of state organizations and/or Home School
Legal Defense Association. Consider joining HSLDA.
5. Get your home and life in order by establishing discipline in child
training and your use of time. Get rid of unnecessary or little-used possessions
to make way for learning materials and study space.
6. Choose methods and teaching materials that you feel comfortable in
starting with and that would be appropriate to the age and number of your
children. If you feel overwhelmed by the choices you must make, you may want
to use a prepared curriculum from a textbook, worktext, or unit study
publisher for your first year.
Re-evaluate and experiment with different materials and methods and make
adjustments as you gain experience.
Throughout the educational process you will want to give priority to your
children's spiritual and character development.
Home schooling is a way of life in which the home is the center of life and
learning. Through home education, parents can experience in a unique way
their responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition
of the Lord.