If you are a parent that is new to home schooling, or you are are seriously considering or planning to home school your children, there are a few things you'll need to know. The very first thing you will need to do if you are in the planning stages, is to find out if the laws of the state you live in will allow home schooling, and if there are any special considerations or documents you need to complete or sign. Most of the 50 United States will allow home schooling, but there are a few States that discourage it. Its always best to check the laws and don't not take any chances or bypass this step.
Once all of the legal aspects have been taken care of, then you can move on with your plan. Next, you will need to get all of the training materials you will need that correspond with your child's age level. Complete teaching programs are available for every year as your child progresses. There are different programs and lesson plans available, so you'll want to do a bit of research and comparison checking to find out which one will work best for you.
You will need to designate one area of your home will the schooling will take place. If you have limited space and your designated area ends up being the kitchen table, make sure that there is a standing rule that you must stick to of not having any food or drinks in that area while school is in session. You need to be very serious when it comes to this. The designated area needs to be in the same place each time, and it must be guarded and free of any disturbances at all times. Remember, this area is considered to be your "Little School" within your house.
One of the most important routines to follow is "Time Consistency". The schedule of working with your child should be at the same each day, or follow a consistent pattern of what class at what time on what day. Have a regular schedule of class times posted on the wall or refrigerator. During this time everyone in the home needs to know that this is a serious time and to not do anything that would be distracting. You need to shut the ringer off on your phone, and not take any calls during class time.
Most children can go up to a couple of hours without a break if they are enjoying their learning, but if they need a break after the first hour, make sure they know it will only be for 5 or 10 minutes at the most. And No Television during the breaks. Your television should remain off unless it is in a completely different area of the home where it cannot be heard.
Time consistency must be maintained. It needs to be your number one priority in home schooling. Make sure you get the lesson plans for each day done that day and not put off until another time. Do not skip over lesson plans if you get held up by an emergency or something beyond your control. Just pick up where you left off.