ICHE
ICHE

HOME  ABOUT US  CONTACT US

Getting Started in Homeschooling

How does one start to homeschool?

The question can become overwhelming, especially when compounded with the thought that the answer does not rely on any conventional educational model. Now that you've made the decision to homeschool, you realize that you, not your child's principal are responsible for your children's education. But guess what? The truth is you were always the one responsible for you child's education. You just thought the public or private school, in which you enrolled your student, was responsible.

To the professional educator your child is a vocation, but to you, the parent, your child is uniquely precious. No one will care about her future like you. With the educational resources now available, you are best suited to counsel your child, mold her character, and direct her future. No one else, but you, will dedicate the time necessary to do this great work. And, a great work it is-although among the most challenging you might find. Homeschooling requires diligence, patience, and endurance. It is demanding and rewarding work, but with the proper tools, you can do it!

Start by taking a deep breathe and relax.

Next, research homeschooling on the internet. Begin with www.youcanhomeschool.org. At this site you will find the conviction you will need to follow through with this unconventional idea. You'll actually find that this method of education is not so novel! In fact, homeschooling is as old as man. It has been the chosen method by families from societies around the world and down through the ages. It has only been in the last hundred years that public school became the norm and homeschooling the rarity. You are simply returning to an age-old form of education, which has been proven successful down through the centuries.

The resources and the variety of homeschool curricula are endless. Below are just a few links to start you on your journey.

SAMPLE WITHDRAWAL LETTER

Parents withdrawing their children from public school need to establish an ending date with the district. Download this sample withdrawal letter (Microsoft Word format, 60k) for help.

INTERNET

http://www.youcanhomeschool.org/
www.hslda.org
www.chois.org

Beginning Homeschooling logo button

HSLDA'S 'YOU CAN HOMESCHOOL'

Watch the HSLDA movie!


HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCES

The Heart of Home Schooling by Chris Klicka
Home Schooling: The Right Choice! by Chris Klicka
The Spiritual Power of Mother by Michael Farris
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Homeschooling by Mary Pride

HOMESCHOOL PUBLICATIONS

CHOIS Connection
Home Education Magazine
Homeschooling Today
Practical Homeschooling
The Old Schoolhouse

CURRICULUM RESOURCES

www.abeka.com
www.aop.com
www.bjup.com
www.calverschool.org
www.clp.org
www.covenanthome.com
www.greatbooksacademy.org
www.greenleafpress.com
www.his.edu
www.homeschools.org
www.konos.com
www.LifeWay.com/homeschool
www.rodstaff.com
www.sycamoretree.com
www.tapestryofgrace.com
www.timberdoodle.com
www.veritaspress.com

Home | About Us | Idaho Law | Testing | Join ICHE | Legislative Day | Getting Started
High School | Issues/Library | Links | Your Legislators | Privacy Policy