Getting Ready to Homeschool


Once you have made the decision to homeschool your child, there are a number of steps you must take to ensure adequate preparation.  First, you should set aside a room for the lessons – teaching should not be conducted in a regular area of the house as this can confuse the child.  It is important that the child’s “schooling” is undertaken in an area that is specifically set aside for this (preferably an entire room, but, if that is not possible, then at least an area).  Second, make sure you purchase proper school furniture (or something similar) for your child to use before the lessons begin.  Inevitably, since your child will be doing some of his or her work via the computer, they should have their own computer table as well as regular school desks.  Take a look at other classroom chairs and school furniture in general to see what you can purchase for your child and what will be appropriate for them at home in the room you have chosen as well.

Once the room is school-ready for your child and you have all the necessary school furniture, it is time to work on a syllabus. Find out what other parents have done when homeschooling (in these Internet-days it is much easier to do that research).  Finally, as a parent choosing to homeschool their child, it is imperative you work out ways to socialize your child as that is one area that can be quite challenging.

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