Here are a few tips I would give if you are "on the fence":
- Read books and learn about homeschooling. One book I recommend is So You're Thinking about Homeschooling by Lisa Whelchel. You can visit her website at http://www.lisawhelchel.com/.
- Talk to families that are already homeschooling. Ask questions. Talk to the parents and the kids. Go on message boards. Learn all you can.
- Consider all of the advantages in homeschooling - family bonding, less hectic pace, customized curriculum, etc.
Once you decide to homeschool, follow these steps:
- Decide which type of homeschooler you want to be: traditional "school-at-home", unschooling, etc. Many families find a "school-at-home" approach to be reassuring during the first year - with texts, tests, etc. - because it is similar to the school situation. It also is helpful for new homeschoolers to have a set curriculum to follow.
- Once you decide what you are going to use - texts, unit studies, unschooling - then prepare for some research. One excellent place to go to research curricula is http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/ - they have tons of reviews, and they have saved me a lot of money I would have possibly wasted on curricula that wouldn't suit my kids.
- Find out the legal requirements in your state and do what you need to do. Don't procrastinate on this! Go to http://www.hslda.org/ for info.
- Join homeschool groups - both online and offline - to learn from more experienced homeschoolers and to find social activities.
- Don't get overwhelmed - just do things one step at a time.
- Be sure to order your materials early! Don't wait until August to place an order and expect it to arrive on time! :o)
I am sure others will be able to add to this list. Above all - relax!! Enjoy your homeschooling journey.