How and where do we start?
What not to do right now
to do right now!
Parents come into agreement
Write down your reasons for wanting to HS. Explain them to your child (it
doesnít require his approval though)
Contact the Pestalozzi Trust
Remove your child from school
5) Relaaax (and deschool)!!!
Join ECHSA & a local Support Group
Read LOTS of books on HSíing
Set your long term and short term goals (Head, Heart & Hand; Marathon
Get to know your personalities, learning styles,
strengths & weaknesses
11) Follow your childís interests
Share your passions
Read Aloud TOGETHER (all those classics)
Play board games & computer games TOGETHER
Go for nature walks and research your finds TOGETHER
Involve your child in day to day tasks (e.g. budgeting & paying
Give your child responsibilities (chores to develop character &
Record your daily activities - see the learning in everyday life!
19) And finally decide on curricula & buy only for now!
How to homeschool successfully
Have your husbandís support, he should be the authority under which you
can take refuge
Establish your authority as parents. Make your rules and the consequences
of breaking them clear (be consistent)
Organise your home & your time (as it suits your personality, this
does not mean that you have to schedule every hour of the day, but a routine
Start slowly (implement one subject at a time e.g. Week 1: Maths, Week 2
Maths & English, Week 3: Maths, English, Unit Studies)
Know WHY youíre doing something & what the goal is (so that you can
adapt the *method* if it doesn't work)
Allow your husband to take over certain functions & at specific times
(e.g. weekends he is in charge of the kids, you relax)
Seek mentors (in your community), tutors or professional help when
necessary Ė you donít have to do it all!
Join a HS Support Group (to share your ups and downs!)
a hobby (your children can't be your entire life, this can cause more downs
Have time alone/away once a year with your husband to relax, re-evaluate