How to Start a Homeschool – It’s Not So Complicated

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You have felt the nudge over and over to homeschool. You’ve tried to push it away. Everywhere you turn, you seem to be getting the same message. You’ve prayed for confirmation…and it seems apparent you’re being called…called to homeschool your children! It’s a frightening thought, as you struggle with so many questions, concerns, and fears. You’ve experienced God’s faithfulness, and you want to step out in faith, but the question of how to start a homeschool rehearses in your mind, leaving you overwhelmed. After all, you are still juggling so many other commitments.

How to Start a Homeschool – Calming the Initial Fears and Questions

Let’s settle your spinning thoughts and racing heart. I know your child’s education is important, or you wouldn’t be reading my blog. Now that we’re here together I want you to know that you are not alone. Many of us were there. The homeschooling journey is one of faith, perseverance, joy, obedience, and yes, fear…  and then trust. On any given day, each of us can find ourselves feeling a variety of emotions towards homeschooling. At the bottom of this post, I will share with you a list of my top 5 resources for how to start a homeschool. But for now, keep this in mind…
Jesus carries us

God’s Grace

God is full of grace. He meets us where we are at, and gently leads us each day.

I can’t tell you how many times my fears and insufficiency have been met by an abundance of God’s grace – often coming through a Scripture I read that morning or a song playing in my head. Or, merely Him giving me the strength to make it through the day.

Learning to lean on Him in new and fresh ways has been an unexpected but delightful benefit of my own homeschooling!

It’s Not as Complicated as You Might Think

Perhaps you’re thinking you need to have it all together, that you need to be an expert in each and every subject, or that your schedule needs to be wide open. Maybe you even think your family income needs to be at a certain level and that you need to have endless educational resources and a ton of space to carry this out.

Rest assured. Having it “all together” is impossible and unrealistic. The wonderful truth is God uses our imperfections and weaknesses for His glory!

It’s unreasonable (and unnecessary) to think that you need to know every subject. Available to us in this day and age are great resources and curriculum. Check out my resources page for some great ideas! And you will love learning right along with your kids.

Truth is, your schedule will never be wide open. But the beauty of homeschooling is that it allows for flexibility in schedules.

Your income will be what it is…but God will provide because He has called you to this, and there is an abundance of free resources available. I can help you find these!

Your educational resources will grow over time. But, public libraries and homeschooling communities can give you a good start to the resources you need at the onset of your venture. And let’s not forget to be thankful for Amazon! 🙂 A list of my Top 5 Resources you will need is available in my freebies library and you can get access to the password at the end of this post.

And whatever space you have, you can make it work. A kitchen table, a family room couch, a coffee table, a bed, a deck, a pillow on the floor – these are all places where learning in your home can take place. And you can take it outside and on the road too! (I even know families who homeschool from a trailer!)

You Have What it Takes

Because you fear you are not good enough, you are in exactly the place you need to be – one of humility. Being teachable, moldable, and humble will allow you to become a great homeschooling mom. God will give you exactly what you need if (and when) you are ready to receive it.

Remember, God called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt – and Moses feared he couldn’t speak well. He called Joshua to lead His people into the Promised Land and he was afraid to do so. God called David to be king when he was yet a young shepherd boy. And Jesus called fishermen and tax collectors to be His disciples. God often uses the unexpected and the imperfect. He doesn’t need us to be the best teachers or the most educated or the richest people.

He needs us to walk in humility with Him. Relying on Him as we point our kids to the Savior. I pray that you will allow His grace to be sufficient. To Let His love wash over you. And together we can confidently rest in the truth that “we can do all things through Him who gives us strength”(Phil. 4:13).

State Requirements

So, take heart. If you are wondering how to start a homeschool, you have what it takes. You know your kids better than anyone else. And your home environment can spark wonderful and memorable learning experiences. Some states do not require anything of you, others require an affidavit that you file online once a year, and others require of few more steps. Check your state requirements, get those in order, and you are ready to go!

 

Freebies-Library

Click here to gain access to the password for my
Top 5 Resources You Need to Begin Homeschooling any Age…and Continue Strong.
You might be surprised at what I share. I especially like #4!
By signing up for my email list you will receive a list of our favorite 80+ read aloud books for K-4th grades and
access to my freebies library filled with multiple resources to encourage and equip you on your homeschool journey.

 

 

Take heart!
Katie

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6 Comments

  • Reply Maria Hass at

    Homeschooling is the most faith filled and rewarding decision I’ve ever made!

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Maria, isn’t it the best?! Stepping out in faith for any adventure for the Lord is so rewarding. Never easy, but definitely a blessing. Katie

  • Reply Susan Evans at

    Any parent is qualified to homeschool, because they have been called by God Scripturally to teach their children. God will provide whatever is necessary, and then they won’t have the indoctrination of the world in their little souls.

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi Susan, so true, I totally agree. He is so faithful to provide all that we need! Katie

  • Reply JJ at

    Hello Katie! I felt everything you wrote about before I decided to homeschool! It was scary and I didn’t feel equipped. But when God calls…He supplies and He did. I am so thankful that I followed His calling…nothing is perfect but it is exactly where we are supposed to be!

    • Reply Katie at

      Hi JJ, I’m so glad you stepped out in faith and followed His calling! It’s rarely ever easy to do, but so well worth it when we do. Praying for your journey!

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