Step 1: Decide
First step is to decide if home education is the right choice for you and your family. If you haven’t already, visit the Explore (look in the menu at the top of the page) section to discover the many reasons to homeschool, including the benefits. There you will also find the latest research and statistics about homeschooling in NC.
To learn more about homeschooling, we recommend you:
- Talk to experienced homeschoolers,
- Attend seminars and conferences,
Talk to Experienced Homeschoolers
There are multiple ways to find and converse with experienced homeschoolers. NCHE has a very active Facebook page where you can ask questions and discuss topics, or you can contact an NCHE regional liaison, who is a NCHE volunteer committed to a certain geographical area of the state.
In addition, there are many local homeschool groups active across the state. Each region page lists active groups.
Attend Seminars and Conferences
NCHE’s Thrive! Conference is a must for those wanting to learn more about homeschooling. Also, many regional groups regularly host educational events.
Reading is always a good way to learn about homeschooling. You need to invest some time in reading good books and articles on the subject. We offer some book suggestions below, and our GREENHOUSE magazine is a continuous source of articles to educate and encourage homeschooling families. Check out the archives of past articles. There are also many websites and blogs devoted to encouraging and educating homeschoolers.
As you converse, listen to talks and read, your understanding of homeschooling and what it involves will grow. Your philosophy of education will develop. Whether you realize it or not, every person has a philosophy of education which guides and colors their thinking and their actions. Learning about different philosophies will help you become conscious of your own and hone it. The more you understand about your philosophy, the more consistent and content you will be in your educational choices. There are many different ways of thinking about education. Broadly, homeschooling is the view that education is best characterized as a healthy human development guided by a parent-educator.
Also, learning about homeschooling will help you identify key concepts and start properly using the terminology of home educators. Knowledge of these concepts will help you as you select curricular resources and determine how your homeschool will operate.
Recommended books for beginners–some classics, some new:
- Better Late Than Early, The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook (formerly titled Home School Burnout), Raymond and Dorothy Moore
- For the Children’s Sake, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
- Home Schooling for Excellence, David and Micki Colfax
- Homeschooling the Early Years, Linda Dobson
- The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start by Linda Dobson
- Homeschooling the Middle Years, Shari Henry
- Learning All the Time and Teach Your Own, John Holt
- The Three R’s Series and You Can Teach Your Child Successfully, Ruth Beechick
- The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, Debra Bell
- Educating the Whole-hearted Child, Clay and Sally Clarkson
- 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, Cathy Duffy
- The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
- The Heart of Homechooling Christopher Klicka
- Ignite The Fire, Terri Camp
- Getting Started in Homeschooling, Sonya Shafer (free ebook at simplycharlottemason.com
- A Charlotte Mason Companion, Karen Andreola
- When Children Love to Learn, Cooper, Anderson, Macaulay and Beckman