6 Tips for Transitioning to Homeschooling Mid-Year

Starting to homeschool in the middle of a school year may not seem ideal, but these tips will help make transitioning to homeschooling mid-year easier for you and your child. 

Not everyone begins their homeschooling journey at the beginning of the school year. While it is more common to start a homeschool year in September, some families find themselves needing (or wanting) to transition to homeschooling mid-year. 

The beauty of homeschooling is the flexibility that it provides you and your family. So, if you're considering beginning a homeschooling journey don't let the current time of year keep you from starting.  

 6 Tips for Transitioning to Homeschooling Mid-Year

1. Research homeschool laws in your state

Each state has its own specific laws for homeschooling. You'll want to ensure that you follow the requirements your state has for homeschooling especially if your child might ever go back into the public-school education system and/or go to college. 

2. Give yourself and your child time to adjust

Changes require adjustment periods. Beginning something new isn't like switching on a lightbulb. Your child will need time to switch gears from a public (or private) school setting to homeschooling. You need time to prepare before you step into the role of educator. 

3. Find a homeschool support group near you

There are many different types of homeschool support groups, but they all have one thing in common. They want to help you succeed in homeschooling your child. Homeschool support groups can also be helpful in figuring out your state's homeschool laws. 

4. Determine if a schedule or a routine would be best for your family and create one

There is a significant difference between a schedule and a routine. A schedule includes set start/end times, specific daily/weekly plans, etc. While a routine allows you to adapt to each day and make changes easily. 

5. Utilize homeschool placement tests to ensure you get the correct level of resources for your child

Determining where your child is academically is essential. If a child is given the incorrect level of resources then they will struggle with learning. This is true for all children, whether they are ahead, behind or right on track according to the public (or private) education system. 

6. Remain flexible

Be willing and ready to make changes. Transitioning to homeschooling is a significant change for both you and your child. What your child needs may not be visible or apparent from the beginning. Take baby steps and be ready to make refinements along the way. 

It is important for you to know that you are not alone. There are millions of people choosing to homeschool their children around the world and the number is rising every year. 

Becoming part of the worldwide homeschooling family is a tremendous blessing. There are countless local and online resources available to homeschoolers that will help your family through your homeschooling journey.

Homeschool Complete offers a full Elementary homeschool curriculum designed to make homeschooling your children easy and fun. 

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