Homeschooling can feel like a daunting task when you are new. We want to help by offering resources at each step. First, we recommend that you take a look at our Christian Homeschool 101 page. It will help to focus on WHY you are homeschooling before you fill in all of the HOW and WHAT.
Homeschooling is an opportunity to disciple your children and to discover who God created them to be, as well as educating them. Take a breath, give yourself time and grace to consider the larger picture, and then take a look at the resources we have linked to below. Remember, God has equipped you to parent and guide your children. He will provide! If you have left the government school in order to homeschool, this is the time for you and your child to take a breather as you study these areas and get to know each other. You won’t regret it!
Click on the text in blue font below to reach each of the linked pages.
HOW DO I GET STARTED? WHAT IF IT’S THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR?
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has some wonderful free information on your new job- planning, setting goals, and collecting resources, as well as information on what to do if you are starting mid-year. If you are an HSLDA member, you’ll have access to services beyond the free information on their website: Lawyers who focus on homeschool law and are homeschooling parents. Preschool-8th and High school consultants. Special Needs Consultants. Note that TEACH members receive a discount for HSLDA membership when they join HSLDA. In order to receive the discount, you must first join TEACH. You can reach the membership information here.
Additional information is available on The Teaching Home website.
HOW DO I TEACH THE EARLY YEARS?
There is a wealth of information about teaching the early years (toddlers to tweens) and you can access it from one page. At the top of the page, you’ll see tabs that deal with:
Getting Started | Curriculum | Organization | You Can Do It! | Resources | Testing
Each of the tabs have additional breakdown of information. Note that testing is not required in Connecticut, but the tab is there if you are interested.
HOW DO I TEACH THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL?
If you have a teenager, you know that they don’t need us less… they need us “differently.” You can continue to homeschool your teen while letting her develop her independence. That may include self-guided textbooks written for high school level subjects, using online resources, accessing community college, or help from expert parent friends.
WHAT ABOUT MY STRUGGLING LEARNER?
Many parents have discovered that their struggling learners do better at home, where there is less stress. Under these conditions, they see their special needs learners’ progress! HSLDA has compiled several resources for parents of special needs students. They have also addressed the legal considerations one can encounter.
WHERE DO I MEET OTHER HOMESCHOOLERS?
Take a look at our GET CONNECTED page. There, we list support groups by region. And don’t forget to look for us on facebook. Our TEACH CT facebook page is designed to offer support and information for the public. Those who are exploring the idea of homeschooling can ask to join our Considering Homeschooling in CT group. Once you begin your homeschooling journey, join our community at TEACH CT Homeschoolers.