As an unexpected homeschooler myself, I’ve been really feeling lately for parents faced with the decision of whether or not to homeschool their kids.
Certainly there are many factors to consider, and the choice is so individual for each family.
So, I created this decision tree to help.
The fact is, the question of whether or not you should homeschool this year is complicated enough, but the intricacies can feel extra overwhelming. Whether you work (and whether you can work from home), whether you’re a single parent, whether you are a bit of a rebel or a rule-follower all make a difference when deciding the best route for your family.
Considering how many kids you have and their ages is important too.
If everybody is under 8, Other Goose would be an excellent family investment.
All older children? Your kids might want to be involved in the decision-making process.
One thing to remember – no homeschool decision has to be permanent. That’s part of the beauty of homeschooling.
And keep in mind that any learning change will mean an adjustment period. Teachers regularly counsel parents and kids to allow at least 6 weeks for things to settle when you’re starting a new school year.
(Click on the image below to get a free printable of this chart)
The resources you use for your homeschool will depend on your decision tree answers, but here are a few tried and true winners:
Looking for online and/or self-directed resources?
Try resources like:
- Oak Meadow
- Khan Academy
- Virtual Elementary School and High School
- and for younger kids, Other Goose
Looking to supplement a distance learning plan?
Try resources like:
- Kiwi Co.
- Magic School Bus Science Kits
- Universal Yums
- History Unboxed
- CuriosityStream (for younger kids, be sure to check out their filtering options)
Need at-home lab science? Try:
Need a math teacher? Try:
Looking for online classes to add art, music and more? Try:
More homeschool resources
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