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?
Our Homeschool 101 Zoom Presentation is now available! In this video, TEACH VP, Donna Person, presents the basics of getting started. Joining her on the call are Board Members Art and Cristina Calef, and Legislative Liaison, Pam Lucashu. A written outline of the video and the points made is available here.
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.
Learn more from homeschooling experts in a variety of fields in a virtual conference, Homeschooling With Confidence. This 3-day conference archive is now available to purchase at two different levels. Listen to speakers at your convenience. Cut through the confusion. Get practical tips that work right now. Put stability into your home.
Additional information is available on The Teaching Home website, or This Old Schoolhouse Digital Magazine.
A comprehensive listing of CURRICULUM is available on the Homeschool Resource Roadmap website.
A simpler guide to some of the more popular curricula is available here on our website.
Once you have narrowed your choices to a few you are interested in, check them out on Cathy Duffy’s Reviews for more in-depth description. and of course you can also ask our FB community for their perspectives if they have used that resource.
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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. Additional information is available for HSLDA members.
Remember that by joining TEACH CT first, you have access to a discount code for $15 off when you join HSLDA.
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.