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How do I start homeschooling?

Grab a cup of coffee and let's get started! Let's take a look at the first steps you will need to take to set up a home-based education for your child.

    1. Check out the legal requirements for your state.

      1. HSLDA​

      2. California Department of Education on Homeschooling

    2. Enroll in a Homeschool Option

      1. Independent Charter School (public)​

      2. Private School Affidavit (PSA)

      3. Private Satellite Program (PSP)

      4. Private Tutor with a CA Credential

    3. Drop enrollment from any previous public school.

    4. Get to know your child's preferred learning styles.

    5. Choose an educational philosophy.

    6. Research curriculum that supports your educational philosophy as well as your child's learning style.

    7. Plan out your weekly schedule.

Next Steps

Which statement resonates with you for your homeschooling journey?

  • Maybe your child is in preschool and you would like to begin to prepare to homeschool in the near future. You can begin by discovering how your child learns best. Take a look at the four main types of learning styles: visual learners, auditory learners, kinesthetic, and reading/writing learners. Understanding your preferred learning styles as well as your child’s can help you develop your educational philosophy and lead you  . There are a number of resources out there to help you in this process. 

  • Write it out! Take time to go through the process of writing out your core beliefs of education. How do you like to teach? How might that differ from how your child learns best? What is your philosophy of children and how they learn? Dig into your belief system and begin to jot down those objectives you’d like to prioritize. Start by checking out just a few approaches to educational philosophies:

  • The state recommended time for teaching the core subjects (ELA, Mathematics, Science and History) is three hours a day for 175 days a year. Depending on the schedule at home there are various ways to achieve the time needed to educate your child.  

    • Sally is on a gymnastics team and she trains six hours a day beginning at 8:00 in the morning to 2:00 in the afternoon. She begins her studies at home by 3:00pm and completes all of her core subject areas by 6:00. On occasion she will use Saturday to catch up on her homework and any long-term assignments. 

    • Daniel is at his best in the morning so he likes to begin his school day by 8:00am and has completed all of his core subject assignments by noon. He then spends the rest of the day on his extracurricular sports and instrumental commitments. 

    • Jenny attends mathematics and ELA courses every day of the week while she prefers to block out her history and science studies. She decided to study six weeks of science three days a week and then alternate to six weeks of history.  She enjoys having the time to dive into one topic for a focused amount of time. 

    • Nathan studies one hour of mathematics and one hour of English Language Arts on days Monday through Thursday. He alternates two days a week for science and two days a week for history. When he can complete all of his studies on time he enjoys a field trip day on Fridays. 


    Consider the age of your children, their attention span and set realistic expectations on how much content can be covered each hour, each week, each month and each year. Get help with pacing out your curriculum from our homeschool consultant!

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