Homeschooling for the first time can be overwhelming simply because the parent may be concerned that they are teaching their child correctly. That’s the beauty of having the opportunity to homeschool. Each state of course, has their own requirements for homeschooling, but how you teach it, is up to the parent or adult.
The beginning point of homeschooling may involve numerous hours on the Internet, and visits to the library. A homeschool planner may be what’s needed to keep your teaching technique organized. You can start by checking with the County Education office your school district is in. Inquire about recommendations, and any resources they may have.
Visit your local library, and ask a reference desk staff member if they have any homeschooling resources. They may be able to provide you with curriculum recommendations, and supply you with a list of homeschoolers in the area.
Student planners are available to help the homeschooler stay organized and keep accurate records. You will find many free printable planner pages useful to the student as well as the parent/teacher. Encourage your student, if age appropriate, to organize their work with a planner or journal.
Homeschool planners can be created by printing free planner pages from on-line resources. Web sites such as, http://www.donnayoung.org/index.htm and http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/gettingorganized/planner.php, provide a variety of free printable planner pages. You are able to design your own planner based your own needs. Simply print the pages you want and place them in a 3-ring binder with tab dividers. Many bookstores and on-line homeschool resource stores sell a variety of planners.
Christianbook.com, or Christian Book Distributors, sells homeschool resources on-line and through mail order catalogs. You can request free catalogs and browse the variety of planners that are available to the adults and to the students. After a few years of homeschooling I discovered “The Homeschooler’s Journal”. It is very basic, and not too expensive. I enjoyed the layout, and the thin size of the planner. There was enough room to plan curriculum and activities ahead of time. On the other hand, if you are needing something more, you may want “The Ultimate Homeschool Planner”, which contains several topic pages in a 3-ring binder.
Register on-line with homeschool forums, for tips and advice on homeschool planners and free resources. For example, Hearts at Home Web site, provides a community forum for homeschoolers. Registration is free, and you can post questions for recommendations, ideas, and resources. Every planner is different, and every homeschooler has different needs.
Donna Young Free Printables and Resources ~ Homeschooling, http://www.donnayoung.org/index.htm
The Home School Mom, Free Planner Pages, http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/gettingorganized/planner.php
Student Log Book, http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=226594&event=1016HSO|1180474|1016
The Homeschooler’s Journal, http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=97152&event=1016HSO|1180474|1016
The Ultimate Homeschool Planner, http://www.championpress.com/books/010.htm
Hearts at Home ~ Homeschooling, http://www.heartsathomeboard.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=94514a421c92760a886108ebea45ee81&f=18
Homeschool Laws, http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp
Homeschooling Styles, http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/teacherslounge/styles/