Decision made, now what?

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You have decided to homeschool? Congratulations! We don’t know anyone who wasn’t nervous in the beginning and we don’t know anyone who has seen it through for more than 6 months who is not happy with their decision. So, the big step that everyone is afraid of is pulling their kids out of public school. The requirements vary from state to state so make sure you know the law where you live. If you feel like you need guidance or run into obstacles, you can contact the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. They have experienced attorneys on staff who know the homeschool laws and they will help you. You can also call our 800 number and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Once you have your kids at home, you need to take some time off. Yes, I know it goes against everything you feel but it is absolutely essential. Take this time to decompress and to get your family used to being together. Use it to deprogram from the public-school mindset and rigid schedule. Homeschooling is about freedom. The worst thing you can do is to start homeschooling by trying to replicate a public school schedule. The typical homeschool family gets more done before lunch than a student in public school accomplishes all day. Take advantage of the ability to be more focused and to have fewer distractions. Then use the extra time you’ve gained to spend time with each other. Go to the park, go to the beach or go on a field trip. Be a family again!

Important tip: Many school administrators and teachers will try to talk you out of it, and they may even mislead you into thinking you are breaking the law by pulling your kids from school. This is not true. They are your kids, and it is your decision. As long as you follow the state requirements, you should not have any problems. If you run into this type of resistance HSLDA should be your first call.