If you are considering homeschooling, there are some steps to take that will help ensure a successful start to your schooling! (These "steps" are in no particular order.)
Step One: Join CHEK. For the low cost of $25, you become a member of Kentucky's state-wide homeschooling advocacy group. Since 1990, CHEK has been on the front-line defending homeschooling freedoms in Kentucky. There is also a yearly homeschooling conference and a Leadership Summit. CHEK works directly with your local support groups, too!
Step Two: Find a local support group. You do not have to "go it alone" in homeschooling. Find a support group and join with like-minded educators for field trips, co-ops, and more.
Step Three: Join HSLDA. CHEK Members get a special discount so be sure and email CHEK for the information you need! HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.
Step Four: Know the law in Kentucky. Read all about that HERE.
Step Five: What is involved in homeschooling your particular level? Early Years, through High School!
Step Six : Research and choose your curriculum. Make plans to attend the annual conference to hear the speakers and see the curriculum, too!
Step Seven: Set up schedules and structure. Everyone is different, and by plugging in to your available support group, you will receive lots of advice and lots of suggestions on what might work. Find what works for your family and is compatible with the law of Kentucky, and get organized!
Step Eight: Record Keeping. Following are links with resources you might find helpful!
Step Nine: Keep your focus! When you are tired, unsure of yourself, or being haggled by uninformed family and friends, remember to keep the reasons for homeschooling before you. Learn to let go of unrealistic expectations. Homeschooling is a wonderful opportunity to build relationship with your children, help them fully develop their talents and gifts, and be a positive influence in our culture.
Step Ten: Keep your marriage healthy while you you homeschool!
Remember, You Can Do It! and CHEK is here to help!
Additional helpful resources:
Leaving Public School?
How to Homeschool
Homeschooling Special Needs
Homeschooling Gifted Children