How to start Homeschooling
So you are looking at Home Education as an option.
Home Schooling in Australia is a valid and legal option.
Every state has different registrations processes and you can find the links below.
Be warned, a lot of the information on the government pages are written in a way that may confuse you. Take a deep breath and know that we have all felt overwhelmed when approaching new things.
Rest assured that a lot of families Home School throughout Australia, for a variety of reasons.
Someone somewhere has gone before you, has done the hard yards, made the mistakes, learned from those mistake and most Home schoolers love to help others.
State links - check out your regulations.
Steps to Get you Started.
Step 1: Look at your states regulations.
Familiarize yourself with your local laws and requirements such as what age you can register - it will usually be the age that kindergarten starts in your area.
Who needs to sign the registration form.
Do you need a plan and when/if you need it.
The rules and regulations are state based, so make sure you find out on a local level what you need to do.
Step 2: Breathe and reach out to fellow Home school families in your state. Talk to those doing it, refrain from talking to schools or those who have never home educated. People love to share their opinions, often they are not informed opinions.
A great place to find these groups is Via social media like Face Book.
Try and meet a variety of families, there are all sorts who home school and it may take a little time to find the group you resonate with.
Join home schooling organizations like co-ops and online communities if available.
There is usually a "main" group to which most home schoolers in your community will belong, and you can find out when you talk to them.
Step 3: Educate yourself on what education looks like and opposed to what school looks like, we all know what school is - not many know what Home Education can be.
This is very important because you will find it challenging to replicate school. Though it is often our first instinct, to go with what you know.
You have different resources, less students and more time for 1 to 1 facilitation. You have choices and freedom. Explore them.
Step 4: Deschool yourself so you can support your children to decompress from institutional learning and micro management.
There is a lot written about deschooling and is the most important step towards and confident and successful home educational journey.
I offer weekly sessions to support families through this journey.
Reach out to see how I can help.
Step 5: Relax and get to know your child again, especially if they have spent time at school.
Look at it like you are on holidays and reconnect to that joy of discovery. But be warned, do not try and make everything "educational", the children will do 1 of 2 things.
- Firstly they may jump into the learning and educational aspects of your outings and adventures because that is what is 'expected' of them - (you've decided to home school; the kids are on board and this is what they know.)
- Secondly, they will hate every moment with you if you start to make it "educational". They will rebel, avoid and groan their way through everything you attempt to do. So treat it like an extended holiday and research the Deschooling process. See step 4.
Step 6: You might be wondering when I will talk about the 'teaching the kids' stuff.
Sorry to disappoint but the 'How to Start Home Schooling' is all about the parent/guardian at the start. Children will keep on learning no matter what you do.
At this stage you need to become confident around your choice to Home Educate, and to do that you need information and knowledge. I have a program that can guide you through many of the confidence issues you may experience. Contact me for more information.
Step 7: Choose a curriculum or style that is right for your child.
This is where many would-be home schoolers get stressed out!
But it does not have to be stressful.
Think about what makes your child "tick" - if your child enjoys stories and reading, there are curricula that are based on children's classic literature.
If your child is physical, get out and about, explore your local area, parks, tracks and talk about where you are, why things are named as they are, the types of plants, what rocks you can use to write with, use a stick to write your name - this is all learning and also an excellent way to deschool.
There are also more "traditional" types of curricula that are fairly structured. Some curricula are based on social studies and geography; others on reading.
But make sure you understand about deschooling - and yes I will keep going on about it! It is essential for everyone.
Step 8: Keep good records of what you are doing day to day, especially at the beginning.
Take photos, create a private social media page or group and upload the photos with a little description, keep a journal if you love writing, a video diary if that is what you love and if it works for you.
Do not try and write as a teacher would.
Just observe and enjoy the adventures.
Or get some other kind of system to record set up - it does not have to be elaborate; even file folders in a box will do.
Or you can get an entire system of computer software to track your child's progress.
Congratulations on learning about Home Schooling, it truly is a life changer.
Always remember that school is not going anywhere.
School is 1 way to gain an education, actually some say that school is a way to be schooled and home schooling is a way to gain an education.
So go on, give Home Schooling a go! You wont know until you try it.