Thing to Prepare before Homeschooling Your Child


Some moms like the idea of home schooling their children. Mothers are their children’s teacher ever since they were born. Homeschooling makes their relationship with their children much stronger. Mothers teach their children to walk, talk, read, count and use things, and home schooling is like an extension of it. If you are one of the moms who are planning on home schooling your child but don’t know what to do and prepare before starting, here are some things you might want to consider before getting down to your plan.

Evaluating your home’s relationship and discipline. It is very important to reflect on how disciplined your home’s atmosphere is. Ask yourself if you and your child are ready to have a teacher/student relationship besides your mother-child attachment. That’s not really a problem since being the facilitator and teacher, you don’t need to lecture and force your child. Along the road, you’ll be realizing that you’ll learn so much more about your child and your relationship will grow stronger.

Connect with other home schooling families. You child needs to have someone to relate to, a friend she/he could relate and have fun with. Connecting with other families who have the same situation as yours will be very helpful to keep things flow better. Your family, especially your child needs to be in a home school support group, so you will be guided if you have any questions and concerns.

Know the laws and requirements of home schooling a child in your state and preparing your materials and researching about the curriculum you’re going to use. Preparation for these things is very important. Use the curriculum that will fit your teaching style and your children’s learning pace. One tip, make sure to use fun materials for kids; conducting fun and educational activities with your children would be the best. Creating a routine and schedule ahead would be a very good idea as well. Most importantly, enjoy the whole journey. If you seize and enjoy the entire process, your child will love it just as much.

Sample Letter of Intent In New York

Homeschooling is a decision that we make each year.

In New York, it’s not really a choice.  You have to send a Letter of Intent by July 1st as stated in Part 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commisioner of Education.

This first homeschooling year has been a bit of a roller coaster ride as we discovered what worked, and what didn’t work for us.   Overall, it’s been a fun ride, and we’re doing it again.

Here is our generic Letter of Intent sample:

Parents’ Names


June 20, 2008

Re: Notice of Intent to Homeschool

Homeschool Coordinator

School District Administration Address

Dear Sir/Madam:

We intend to homeschool our son/daughter, ____________, who will be entering 3rd grade, for the 2008-2009 academic year.

We are sending this letter of intent as required of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education.

For your records, the student is:

Name of Student



Phone Number

Email: ___________________



Sandra Foyt