Getting Started
"Legal Issues & Concerns"
Gives ideas about legal issues you may want to consider.
"Getting Started"
Gives ideas about important issues you may want to consider before you take the plunge.

Describes how to determine the "method" you'll use in your homeschool.
Outlines organization tools.

Homeschooling really is easy. I cannot count the number of times people have said that they wouldn't have the patience to homeschool their kids or that they would fail because it was too difficult.

The most difficult task is mustering the confidence in yourself to actually take the plunge. Getting started with homeschooling can be a confusing exercise, but it's not all that complicated. Here are a few of the basics.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 of the United States.
One of the main things you think about when you consider homeschooling is the legal ramifications. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Each state has a different set of rules and the best resource is your local homeschool support group or an online statewide group. These resources will help you determine what you need to do to let the school district know that you will be exercising your right to homeschool your children.

Since states vary in their specific requirements, they will also vary in how they view gifted and talented students. Pay particular attention to laws that are specific to "Special Needs" students, since some states see gifted students as "Special Needs" students.

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Homeschooling requires an enormous time commitment by at least one parent. It involves preparation time, usually your summer, it requires daily time to get things rolling, it requires travel time if you take your homeschool on the road. If you are a planner, plan on investing a lot of time. Remember, homeschooling is not a life long decision; it ends at the end of high school...if that's where you're going.

The issue of socialization always manages to come up when someone is considering homeschooling. How many preteens or teens for that matter do you know in the school system that can construct whole sentences and have meaningful conversations beyond pop-culture? Anymore, there are not any social considerations for homeschooled students unless you live in a cave on top of a mountain in an isolated area. Even in this case, if you have Internet, academic isolation is difficult.

Social consideration was an issue put out there by the Public school system years ago when many felt (some still do) normal "socialization" meant having your kid be around same age peers learning the same thing all day, learning to value all the same material things everyone else does. A well rounded adult knows how to deal with people of all ages and values a variety of things and issues. Also, note, gifted students are often bored with too many same age peers so homeschooling feeds their natural thirst for the unusual and for a broad range of social interactions. My student thrived because of this aspect of homeschooling.


The average amount spent educating American students is $12,000-$13,000 per student. As a homeschooler, you’ll never spend that much, unless you want to. Here’s a secret, you can get by on one paycheck if you live within your means. Budget, cut the cord, use coupons, these are a few examples, search online you'll find hundreds of ideas. It can be done, I did it as a single mom. But here’s another secret, you can quit a job, homeschool your kids and homeschool yourself towards a better career.

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You can also work part time and participate (in my day they were called resource centers), in a homeschool “pod” (new option introduced by the Covid-19 pandemic), or in a more traditional homeschool co-op.


Homeschooling offers academic flexibility, for all students.

This is especially important with a gifted student as the academic challenges that come with this type of student can vary daily. Many gifted students excel in one or all areas of study and some may have learning inabilities.

All of these issues must be considered when planning a homeschool course of study.

[ What about curriculum? ]
 [ How do I homeschool a gifted student? ]


There are several styles or methodologies homeschooling families embrace. These are just a few: School-at-Home, Unschooling, Montessori, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason. We used a traditional curriculum with a mix of mix of school-at-home and unschooling, some call a mix like this Eclectic homeschooling.

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