Homeschooling is a wonderful journey. It is very important to know why you are making this decision. When difficult days come, you will need to be confident that you made a sound, informed decision.
- Seek God’s wisdom
- Watch the You Can Homeschool! Online Seminar
- Explore philosophies and methods of education.
- Research books, newsletters, magazines, blogs, videos, and podcasts presented by Home Educators.
- Talk with other home educators in your area
- Attend available events and support group meetings
- Familiarize yourselves with Oklahoma law concerning home education.
- If registered with public school, write a letter of withdrawal – need help, click here
- Learn the ups and downs of virtual charter schools and how they relate to constitutional home education.
- Consider your reasons for home educating
- Evaluate each child’s needs: spiritual, emotional, academic
- Consider your budget
- Consider how long you plan to home educate
- Choose your curriculum
- Make your schedule
- School hours per day (a routine structure…with flexibility)
- Number of school days per week
- 180 days per year required by OK law
- Length of term, noting holidays, vacations, etc
- Let your kids know what the new school routine is. Don’t leave them in the dark, but give them a good heads up so they know change is coming.
- Prepare a record-keeping method, if desired
- Keep an Attendance Record
- Make a Lesson Plan
- Evaluation of the child’s progress: grade book or journal
- Daily work: cumulative record file or notebook
- Achievement Test Scores
- Set Up Your Supplies
- Designate specific areas for books/supplies.
- Know that your home doesn’t have to look like a school classroom – Education is an Atmosphere.
- Connect to others in your community for support, encouragement, ideas, and information, whether it be church, a homeschool group, extra curricular activities, etc.
- Find and join an established support group.
- Team up with a close friend who is also teaching children at home.
- Subscribe to home education blogs, podcasts, social media, and online newsletters.
- Plan Field Trips and Nature Studies with friends.
GRADE LEVEL RESOURCES
It is common for students to work at many levels other than their actual grade level. Assigning grade levels helps in choosing curriculum.
- Teaching Younger Elementary Students Pre-K through age 7
- Teaching Older Elementary Students ~Ages 8-11
- Middle School ~Ages 12-15
- High School ~Ages 15-19
If you have further questions, please contact HSOK at firstname.lastname@example.org.