At least once a week, I’m asked how to get started homeschooling. Specifically, I’m asked by other Black moms, here in Detroit, who are tired of the school system failing their children. These moms are looking for a better way to educate and nurture their children, and they are intrigued by the idea of homeschooling. Personally, I LOVE that homeschooling is an option for them because it absolutely was not before a few years ago. The popularity of homeschooling and the increase in the numbers of African-American homeschoolers has helped parents, especially Black parents, see that sending their children to compulsory school is not the only answer. After all, homeschooling is a legal right in every state, and families should be able to take advantage of it if it fits their needs.
So, how do you get started homeschooling in Michigan or in another state? Below is a short list of five steps I suggest to those mamas who send me messages asking that question. It’s not a complete list of what to do, but, in my opinion, it includes actionable steps that must be done when you begin homeschooling.
- Know your “why.” Write it down. Why do you want to educate your child(ren)? Being clear on why you want to homeschool is the most important thing you can do for your future self. You’ll fall back on your reasons when things get hard, and they will get hard!
- Find out the homeschool laws in your state. Here’s a link for Michigan specifically, however you can find the laws for all 50 states on the site, too.
- Start gaining theoretical and practical knowledge of not only homeschooling, but also child development and relationship building. Diving deeply into each of these topics helped me build a solid foundation for our first years homeschooling. You can see some of the books I read and recommend in our store. Our Youtube channel and this blog post will help you see what the homeschooling lifestyle looks like with other homeschoolers to give you an idea of what it could look like for you.
- If your child(ren) have been in a school-setting for any length of time, I suggest de-schooling. The process will look different for every family and it doesn’t just include the children. You can learn more about de-schooling here.
- Connect with other homeschoolers. Whether it’s online or in-person, developing relationships with other homeschoolers in essential when you begin, even before you begin preferably. I’ve written this post as well as this one to connect others with likeminded homeschoolers locally and around the country, even the world.
Making the choice to homeschool is one of the biggest decisions that you’ll make for your child(ren) and your family. Getting off to a solid start can make all the difference in how those first few years go, and I hope that these five steps help you do just that. Happy homeschooling, friends!