New to Homeschooling?

Jamie Gaddy

Content Manager and Editor


Making the decision to take control of your children’s education can seem overwhelming. More and more families are making the decision to homeschool. Today more than three million children are being taught at home – by parents just like you.

To help you make the decision that is right for you and your family, all the resources, including Support Groups, are brought together here at

Our member Forums are filled with parents just like you who are willing to share their advice and experiences.

And we have an excellent 60-minute recording below, entitled “Who Are Homeschoolers and What Do They Do All Day?” And you can find more homeschool recordings here.

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The requirements to begin homeschooling differ across the United States. However, the process of getting started will require a few basic “first steps.” These should include:

  • Develop your homeschooling goals
  • Research your state laws and fulfill their requirements
  • Understand your student’s learning styles and what motivates them. Take this Homeschool Styles Quiz and this Learning Styles Quiz to get you started!
  • Research curriculum that supports your homeschool goals and your student’s learning styles.
  • Organize your homeschooling location, your curriculum, your four-year high school plan, and your daily schedule.
  • Take a deep breath, and get started!

Getting started with homeschooling can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Watch this video to get help with those scary first steps, like figuring out a schedule that works and deciding if your kids really need a diploma from an accredited high school (hint: they probably don’t!). You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get started!

Homeschool Forum

Our Homeschool Forum is filled with parents just like you who are willing to share their advice and experiences.

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Learn all about homeschooling curricula, as well as product reviews and homeschooling advice – all in our free eNewsletter (over 135,000 subscribers and growing strong!)

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Resource Guide

Our Resource Guide will help you find the materials you need to begin your journey into a shared experience of learning and discovery with your child.

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Product Reviews

Each child has their own way of learning. Finding that special curriculumwhich best works for your child is easier with’s professional product reviews.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions section provides answers to a number of concerns you may have.

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We have over 100 Podcasts for both beginning and advanced homeschooling. You can listen to the recordings from your computer, or you can download the MP3 recording to your own iPod or CD.

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Use Local Homeschooling Resources

Connect with local Support Groups to find homeschooling and educational resources in your area. Find stores, classes, events, tutors, attractions and more.

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Homeschooling and Loving it!

Create your best homeschool ever. Learn the art of stress-free homeschooling so you can homeschool your children without losing your mind or your pocketbook.

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Joyful Homeschooling

Your attitude toward your day and toward your children’s efforts profoundly affects
the outcome of your homeschooling.

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Joy Journal

Joy Journal leads you on your own unique
journey of self-discovery. This is your chance
to rediscover the joy in your life, and make it a
daily experience.

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Watch our video curriculum reviews, monthly tips, and more–all from our very own Rebecca Kochenderfer. New videos are added frequently.

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