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HELP! I’m Starting Homeschooling and Don’t Know Where to Start! And Favorite things Friday #12

Are you starting homeschooling and feeling completely overwhelmed? Don’t panic! Grab a cup of coffee, a pen and paper, and come make a plan with me on what to use for curriculum, how to understand and teach your child successfully, and more!

1. Before you do anything, check out this post, “How to Get Started Homeschooling,” by clicking HERE or on the image below! This is my top post and the first one you should start with.

How to Get Started Homeschooling


2. The Master Homeschool Curriculum List is number two on my list. Once you are a bit more comfortable of what your state/provincial requirements are, you need to figure out what curriculum suits you. This is a master list with links so you can just click and check it out! CLICK HERE or on the image to take a peek at that page!

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3. Now that you have an idea of what kind of curriculum is out there, the next step is to choose what will work best for your family. Before you take the jump (it is a HUGE investment and it sucks to make a mistake), check out this post on Choosing Curriculum and the top 5 questions you need to ask before you make any big purchases. CLICK HERE or on the image to see that post!

choosing curriculum


4. Now, the biggest and BEST resource I can offer to new (and not so new) homeschoolers is the Learning Style Quiz. I put together a simple and accurate learning style quiz to help you determine your children’s learning styles. I ALSO have a post on the best way to target your homeschooling to each child’s learning style and the top resources/curriculum I recommend along the way. Start with the learning style quiz by CLICKING HERE (or the image) and take a look at the links within the article to find out the best way to teach your child!

A unique learning style quiz to find out your child's (and your own) learning style.


Do you have a visual learner? CLICK HERE!

Do you have an auditory learner? CLICK HERE!

Do you have a kinesthetic learner? CLICK HERE!

5. If you are just floundering, take a look at our 2015/2016 curriculum picks. We have tried a TON of curriculum and every year it is different, but this is what we are using this year:

Hip Homeschooling's 2015/2016 Curriculum Reveal
So there you have it, my top posts for new homeschoolers in ONE PLACE (finally) 😉 I hope you find it helpful, now scroll down to the comments and tell me your favorite thing from the week and make sure to check out our featured post from last week’s linkup!

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Family-Meeting-PlannerThis week’s featured post is by Wondermom Wannabe titled, “Family Meeting Planner“. It is a free meeting planner printable and ideas of how to implement it into your family’s routine. I have been following her blog for some time now and couldn’t help but share this resourceful post! We will ABSOLUTELY be implementing the Family Meetings, I love how the kids are involved in setting the weekly goals/schedule and even meal plan! Make sure you pop over and say hi on her Facebook page HERE.

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  1. Rebecca, thank you so much for the feature! You know I am a big fan of yours so it’s a huge honor to be featured here. I’m glad you liked the family meeting planner. It’s made such a difference in how my family operates. I hope it’s just as helpful to others. Now I’m off to check out the amazing ideas the other bloggers have shared this week. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • My pleasure! The feeling is mutual, I love your blog so much! I am absolutely going to be getting my kids to start help me with meal planning now, you inspired me, ha ha. Ill share on social media but I’ll wait until the middle of next week in the evening, that is my best time and I want to get you the most possible exposure 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

    • My Pleasure! It’s such a great way of seeing what all the rest of you are up to! Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your summer as well!

  2. Thanks so much for this. We are new to the homeschool scene. Just finishing up our very first year at it. I am still trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. I’m switching some things around and always looking for new things to try. I’ll be looking through the lists you provided. I think it will be a big help.

    • Awesome! I hope you find it super helpful! I totally hear you, even 4 years in we are still always experimenting, what works one year may not work the next. The kids change and grow, their interests, their strengths. Education is (and should be) fluid, ever changing. It is frustrating and sometimes expensive, but it is the biggest advantage we have to offer our kids as homeschoolers. Schools simply can’t offer tailored education like that! Thanks for commenting and I hope you find some great resources 🙂 Don’t forget to take the quiz, finding their learning style can really help you choose curriculum that will work for them the first time 🙂


  3. Really practical resources! I plan to homeschool–but I was a homeschooled kid so I feel I have a touch of an advantage as a brand-new homeschooler. Still, things have changed so much in recent years, and I feel many more resources are available now!

    • Ah! A fellow homeschooled survivor 😉 ha ha. How many years were you homeschooled? I hear you on that, there are so many new things, new curriculums, for us new requirements that my mom didn’t have, etc. Thanks for visiting!

  4. I’m so excited to have just found your blog through The Homeschool Link-Up at! I’m planning to start homeschooling my oldest for Kindergarten next year and I can use all the help I can get!

    • That is so exciting! Full disclosure… your first year can be really hard! Expectation doesn’t always flow well with reality and trying to figure out how your child learns, how you like to teach, blending them, dealing with life in the background that is always there… um, we did a week on 3 off for most of kindergarten… and I was homeschooled! I thought I had all the answers and it would be easy! It isn’t that hard for everyone, but the more prepared, relaxed, and laid back you can be, the better it will go for you! My review on successful homeschooling made easy is a fantastic starting point 🙂 All the best, and ANY questions, feel free to ask! I post a ton on my Facebook page as well at as well as youtube for my video reviews and updates 🙂

      • I really appreciate your perspective. I honestly kind of don’t know what to expect. I have a 1 and 3 year old too, so I know it’s going to be tricky to follow anything too strictly. I can’t wait to sit down and delve into your website. It looks like it’s going to be an awesome resource over the next several years as I plan on homeschooling all my kids. Also, thank you so much for featuring my post on Facebook! I just started trying to grow my blog’s reach about a month ago, but I’ve gotten a bunch of new likes in the last few days, so thank you so, so much!

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