First Steps to Home Education

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Homeschooling is a wonderful journey. It is very important to know why you are making this decision. When difficult days come, you must be confident that you made a sound, informed decision.



  • 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 about the new school routine. Don’t leave them in the dark, but give them a 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
    • Portfolio
  • 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 a church, a homeschool group, extracurricular 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.


It is common for students to work at many levels other than their actual grade level. Assigning grade levels helps in choosing a curriculum.


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