There are different types of schooling:
- Structured Learning
- Eclectic Learning
- Unschooling and Deschooling
- Secular Homeschooling
- Faith-Based Homeschooling
- Umbrella and Satellite Schools
- Charter Schools, Vouchers, and Cooperatives
- Independent Study Programs and Virtual Learning
- Year-Round Homeschooling
- Resources for Eclectic Learning and Unschooling
1) You will want to determine what type of schooling you will be doing with your child[ren]. 2) Know about the type you are doing and the difference between this type and others. 3) What curriculum best supports this type of schooling.
Next, If you have any questions about homeschooling before diving in, I encourage the following:
Make a list of any questions you can think of that you would like to have answered. [Keep in mind that not every question will be answered up front before homeschooling. You will be able to answer some of your questions but a vast majority of questions will be answered along your journey. Also note that there may be more then one answer to that question. What works for others does not ensure it will work for you. I will repeat this numerous times through this post.]
- Research [You will need to research the curriculums you are looking at and read all the reviews that you can find. Ask questions to those who may have used some of the curriculum you are looking at. If you still do not find an answer, especially on curriculum then I recommend you contacting the web server selling the curriculum.]
- Realize that there are loads of free sites online to use also in your curriculum. Plenty of bloggers, networking sites and hs'rs post about them often and everywhere.
The Web is amazing and loaded with tons of free information. On this site you will see to the right side I have drop boxes loaded with links as well as on other sites you will see tons of links. Google what you are looking for and insure you use the word "free". There are free printables, lessons, free notes, lapbooks, copy work and loads more out there available for your use if you can not get ahold of currriculum. Google subjects, Math, Grammar, by grades K - 9th grade etc. You will be suprised at what you find.
Also, I want to note that Historychannel.com/classroom offers hsrs as well as public educators freebies and even discounts. Take advantage of it when they offer it.
A good article to read and be encouraged with : http://www.homeschool.com/articles/mostimportant/default.asp
With this I will close this and add more shortly.