So you’re interested in homeschooling? Families choose homeschooling for a variety of reasons. Even for those who know with absolute certainty that homeschooling is for them, getting started can be a big, and sometimes daunting, step. It doesn’t have to be! After many conversations with new-to-homeschooling parents, we’ve gathered the frequently asked questions and provided answers here to help you on your homeschool journey.
Where Do I Begin?
With methods, styles, curriculum, supplies, and resources to consider, it might seem like a lot needs to be in place before you start homeschooling. The reality is that if you want to teach and your child wants to learn, you have everything you need to get started!
Is This Decision Right For Our Family?
Transitioning from a brick and mortar school to homeschooling can be a big transition and lifestyle change not just for the child but for the entire family.
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What Are The Michigan State Requirements For Homeschoolers?
Michigan has very few requirements for homeschoolers, though parents can choose to register their students with the state.
We’ve Decided to Homeschool, Now What?
Whether your child is just beginning school, or if your family is choosing to transition from a brick and mortar school to homeschool, you may want to take some time to plan out the journey.
Resources on deschooling/bridging
Many families find it helpful to take a break from school and take the time to establish what a homeschooling lifestyle will look like.
Resources on homeschooling styles, methods, and philosophies
Wading through the options available to homeschoolers can be overwhelming. Before you start thinking about curriculum, lesson planning, and classes, take some time to consider which methods and styles of homeschooling resonate with you. Don’t worry if you can’t decide – many homeschooling families evolve their methods and styles over time.
There are many curriculum options available to homeschoolers. Once you have found the homeschooling methods that work best for your family, you may want to research popular curricula for those methods. As you begin your homeschool journey, we recommend trying out these free resources:
- Khan Academy
- Smithsonian Learning Lab
- Scholastic: Learn at Home
- Daily Grammar
- 826 Digital
- Magic School Bus Unit Studies
- Art Appreciation
- Montessori at Home
- Maestro Classics
- Homeschool Math
- Visit your local library for books about homeschooling as well as homeschooling curricula.
What Local Resources Are Available For Our Homeschooling Family?
If you’re interested in classes or being part of a local homeschool community, you may want to look into our local resources.
Kaleidoscope strives to offer support to local homeschooling families, whether or not those families choose to take classes through our organization.
- Online Resources. Kaleidoscope’s blog includes three resources a week centered around a monthly theme. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram.
- Community Events. Kaleidoscope follows public school closures. If public schools are closed for weather or safety, Kaleidoscope community events will be cancelled or rescheduled.
- Mentor Families. Contact us to connect with a mentor family to help you begin the homeschooling process.
- Classes. Kaleidoscope offers virtual electives that include in-person and at-home optional learning experiences.
Upper Peninsula Virtual Academy
Homeschoolers can register through the CLK School District and take online classes through the Upper Peninsula Virtual Academy (UPVA). UPVA is a full-time, tuition-free, K-12 public school education that you can do at home.
Other local homeschooling resources
Contact information about local organizations that cater to homeschoolers can be found on Kaleidoscope’s Keweenaw Area Local Resources page.