"Old-fashioned" homeschooling is still your best bet for growing passionate learners! You can learn how to homeschool independently and take your life back. Instead of a "one-size-fits-all" assembly line education, choose the freedom to teach your children at their pace and consistent with your values. Pursue happiness while homeschooling, instead of pursuing the busyness so common in our society.
My kindle book, How to Homeschool Independently, will allow you to be a fearless leader in your homeschool and declare your independence from the public (and private, brick and mortar) system and rigid classroom structure. Learn how to identify and eliminate sources of educational dependence, regain your peace of mind, and rekindle your child's love of learning.
Celebrate your inalienable right to homeschool your way! Keep life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness at the center of your homeschool! Parents who start homeschooling independently often feel as if they're getting their life back. Instead of feeling powerless while their children are indoctrinated by the state in public schools, they finally have the freedom to teach their children consistent with their own values. Parents often feel they have the time to pursue happiness while homeschooling, instead of pursuing the busyness so common in our society.
Sign Your Declaration of Independence
In many states, the first way to declare your independence is to sign a declaration indicating your intent to homeschool. If it is required by your state, make sure you complete the declaration of independence. By signing, you declare the school is no longer responsible for your child's education; you are responsible for your child's education. Know your state homeschool law and read it carefully. You can learn about your state's homeschool law here.
Be a fearless leader and declare your independence from the public school system. Skip the public school requirements, which are so arbitrary and ever changing, and stick to your state homeschool law. Create your own declaration of independence—withdraw from the public system and rigid classroom structure, so your child's education can be a perfect fit.
Tell people about your decision to homeschool. You may want to explain to them what homeschooling means, if they aren't familiar with it. Notify your family, inform and explain if you would like to, but don't rationalize your decision or ask for permission. This is a decision made by you, the child's parents, not by committee. You may express a patient, loving attitude, by simply saying, "I appreciate your concern, but I am responsible for my child's education."
Embrace the Homeschool Lifestyle
Homeschooling doesn't end with declaring your independence—it's the beginning of your homeschool life and responsibilities. Our founding fathers successfully declared independence because they seized the responsibility of governing. Be like the founding fathers! Seize the responsibility of homeschooling. Minimize delegation, and resist enrolling, registering, or enlisting in a program. The homeschool lifestyle is at home, shaping and molding your children in your day-to-day interactions. If you aren't home, it becomes more difficult to embrace the lifestyle of learning that enables homeschooling to be more fruitful.
Watch for natural learning. Learning isn't limited to a specific time or place—it's integrated into life. It is not boxed in by a school year, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. The homeschool life is real life, not a make-believe world of age-segregated groups. Embrace the freedom to learn naturally. Go textbook-free and focus on real-life learning, apart from grade-level workbooks and dry textbooks with limited information.
Educate with Liberty
Embrace your freedom and go classroom free. When you avoid the public school mentality and grade-level thinking, you can truly educate with liberty. Your children will never need to be labeled "below grade-level" again, and you will begin to recognize that learning is the key, not standardized tests. You can educate at the perfect pace for your child, learning on purpose every day.
You are homeschooling in freedom but homeschooling independently does not mean going it alone. You're not alone—you have your spouse, your child, and your support group. Millions of people homeschool; the numbers are constantly growing as people flee public education. People have homeschooled for many years. You have the freedom to educate your child in a way that makes sense.
With the freedom to educate in a meaningful way, you can choose curriculum that fits your child's learning style and interests. Interested and engaged children learn more. The freedom to engage in unusual learning opportunities can help your child identify their passions, which can help them decide on their college and career goals. Learning in freedom will create leaders of tomorrow who are passionate about improving life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for others.
Pursue a Relaxed, Fun, Educational Experience
Happiness isn't a pie-in-the-sky wish; it's a key ingredient for learning. The safe, secure, fun, and free atmosphere of learning at home is a better way to educate children of all ages. Be sure to discover your child's learning style, and be mindful of your own learning style.
Education at home is faster, more convenient, and more efficient. It doesn't require tests. It's less stressful, takes less time, and allows more time for fun. When you embrace learning with reckless abandon, your child can wiggle as much as they need to, follow along with audiobooks until they are 18, or solve medical mysteries when they are teenagers; it's all part of their homeschool education.
While we want our children to be well educated, and we have to cover core subjects, we can still manage to pursue happiness. Everyone has subjects they don't enjoy, but parents can make the drudgery of a subject more fun with games and meaningful experiences. Encourage delight directed learning.
Everyone has a subject they love, whether it's math, music, writing, or P.E. Public education has the ball and chain of common core classes, and electives are limited to classes teachers are interested in. When you homeschool, you can create an elective out of almost any of your student's interests. Center core classes on your child's learning style, to maximize their delight in learning and help them develop to their maximum potential.
Celebrate your independence responsibly. Make sure you are in control instead of someone else. Keep a firm grip on the benefits of homeschooling independently and allow your children to learn with reckless abandon. You don't need to be a certified teacher or have college credentials to homeschool your child.
Teachers learn to teach groups and manage classrooms. While these are valuable skills, they are not necessary in your homeschool. Don't let anyone make you afraid of college, scholarships, transcript, diploma, or career preparation; the average parent is completely capable of homeschooling children successfully into adulthood.
While you revel in your freedom, don't forget the prime directive—education. You could get lost in your freedom and spend years in your pajamas in front of a flashing screen, but freedom means responsibility. You don't want to produce a feral child, like a cat left free to forage on their own. You don't want to produce a moral, faithful, but illiterate child who loves the Lord but can't spell to save their life. Educate on purpose while parenting your child, so you can shape and mold their heart and soul as they grow.
Relax! Homeschooling is fun! You're not jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Homeschooling is a real, legitimate, no-more-tears formula for educating children. Children should learn at their own pace. Keep moving forward in your plan to educate your child. Make sure each subject is challenging, but not overwhelming, so your child can enjoy learning. As you shape and mold your child's character and behavior, it becomes easier to enjoy homeschooling.
Grab some iced tea or lemonade and put your feet up. Relax! Homeschooling is going to be fun!
1. Check your state homeschool law
2. Locate support
3. Determine your interim plan
4. Get to know your child
5. Learn more about homeschooling
6. Plan your subjects
7. Choose your resources
8. Purchase materials
9. Learn on purpose every day
10. Keep calm and homeschool on
As a part of the Coffee Break Series, my books are designed especially for parents who don't want to spend hours and hours reading a 400-page book on homeschooling high school! You will get simple strategies, resources, and tools at your fingertips, along with proven strategies to not just survive but thrive while teaching high school math.
Never overwhelming, always accessible and manageable, each book in the series will give parents the tools they need to tackle the tasks of homeschooling high school, one warm sip at a time.
Download How to Homeschool Independently. It's a short read with simple strategies to help you find your child's perfect educational fit.
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