Homeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started

So you’ve finally decided to homeschool…but have no clue where to get started? After thousands of emails asking for help getting started homeschooling, I thought a book that set it all out for you in a step-by-step format would a great benefit to new and current homeschoolers!

Homeschooling 101 is a step by step practical guide that will help you to get started, and continue on in your homeschooling journey. It is designed to help guide you through all of the steps to getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, creating effective lesson plans, scheduling your day, organizing your home, staying the course and more! It even includes helpful homeschooling forms!


Just the mere thought of homeschooling can be a very daunting task. Delving into the unknown can also create an element of self-doubt that fills your mind right off the bat. That coupled with an overwhelming task of choosing and gathering curriculum, creating lesson plans, organizing supplies, and teaching multiple grade levels can be quite disheartening.

But don’t worry, in this book it is my intention to offer you a step by step practical guide that will help you to get started and continue on in your homeschooling journey. I will help guide you through all of the steps to getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, creating effective lesson plans, scheduling your day, organizing your home, staying the course, and more!

As you may have heard already, there is no one right way to homeschool. This book is by no means a rigid set of rules that must be followed exactly. Instead it is a tool to provide you with the means to get started in your journey. Take from it what makes sense for your family, and alter that which needs to be changed to fit the unique needs of your homeschool.

I thought a quick glimpse at the table of contents would help give you an idea of all the valuable goodies included in this book.

  • Chapter 1: You’ve Decided to Homeschool… Now What?
  • Chapter 2: Choosing Curriculum
  • Chapter 3: Gathering Curriculum
  • Chapter 4: Homeschool Convention Tips
  • Chapter 5: Creating Effective Lesson Plans
  • Chapter 6: Getting Organized
  • Chapter 7; Starting School – Day 1
  • Chapter 8: Homeschooling Multiple Grades
  • Chapter 9: Homeschooling & Discipline
  • Chapter 10: Standardized Testing
  • Chapter 11: Homeschooling with Toddlers
  • Chapter 12: Homeschooling Your Preschooler
  • Chapter 13: Homeschooling Kindergarten & Elementary
  • Chapter 14: Homeschooling Jr. & High School
  • Chapter 15: Homeschooling on a Budget
  • Chapter 16: Starting Homeschool Midyear
  • Chapter 17: Switching Curriculum Midyear
  • Chapter 18: Homeschooling an Only Child
  • Chapter 19: Homeschooling & the Working Parent
  • Chapter 20: Homeschooling & Special Needs
  • Chapter 21: What about Socialization?
  • Chapter 22: Time Management & Keeping your Sanity
  • Chapter 23: Homeschool Burnout
  • Chapter 24: Staying the Course & Naysayers
  • Appendix (Helpful Homeschool Forms, including a FREE Lesson Planner!)
  • Resources & Links

Make no mistake, this is not a pamphlet full of fluff, instead it is full of helpful information, tools, and resources! I also did my best to include requests from my readers as well, so hopefully I covered most things related to homeschooling.

While I realize that all homeschools are different, new homeschooling families still need a tangible starting point. With over 100 pages of valuable information and tools, Homeschooling 101 will guide you through your homeschooling process!

There is also a free printable lesson planner in the Appendix for all of you who would like a little color added to your day!


And of course I added a TON of awesome homeschool planning forms to help you get organized!



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  1. I’m really looking forward to reading this! The chapter on choosing a curriculum will be so helpful to me, as well as how to create effective lesson plans.

  2. hmm…The question I would most like answered is how to keep mom & kids motivated. :)

  3. So excited to read this. Already downloaded to my ipad!

  4. So excited you wrote this! You’ve been so helpful to me on the begin going of our homeschool journey.

  5. Omg! So excited! Can’t believe you did it! Awesome!!! So inspiring! I guess I need to DO it. And KEEP it up… S difficult when I feel like I am alone in this. Thanks!

  6. Would love to win this as I am just starting my homeschooling journey. My biggest challenge is how to keep the young kids engaged/ focused with various learning activities.

  7. Choosing a curriculum is what I need help with.

  8. Can’t wait to read this! We will begin homeschooling this fall.

  9. Kelly Jo says:

    I’m struggling right now with switching up our curriculum, mainly because I like to get my hands on them and we don’t have access to them. We live in a rural area and there just aren’t enough materials displays around. I’d love to see a curriculum comparison chart of some sort to give me better ideas about them without having to purchase one just to sample it!

  10. I would like to know how to deal with the school district policies and the naysayers who will undoubtedly give us a hard time about homeschooling.

  11. Jessie P. says:

    how to determine you and your child’s teaching/learning ‘style’

  12. Cynthia K. says:

    I would love to read this. I on a few of your curricula already, I’m sure I will love this as much.

  13. I would love to read more about going at your own pace…..not needing to finish the book, relaxing more, not doing “school” at home! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  14. This presents so wonderfully comprehensive. I’m wondering about “legalities” – how to navigate the paperwork/documentation involved in homeschooling.

  15. Looks like a great book. I agree with some others, what about a chapter on motivation and year end evaluations.

  16. I would love to win this as we are starting homeschooling for the 2013-2014 school year! A great topic would be….How to make learning fun….or….Fun ideas for teaching.

  17. Looks great! I’m always interested in reading more about homeschooling different grade levels at once!

  18. Any area about organizing is my favorite!

  19. I’m most interested in learning about teaching different ages at once.

  20. ORDERED 😀 YAY! i love your products girl!

  21. Stephanie says:

    I would love to read your thoughts on teaching multiple ages and burnout. That’s where I am right now. Though I’m not new to homeschooling, having six children, five of them ages seven and under, this mama is burnt out!

  22. I would love to have a chapter of the pros and cons to “boxed” curriculum and maybe some lists of different curriculum by subject. For example- these are LA programs, these are Reading programs, etc.

  23. Katherine says:

    Scheduling different grade levels is what I would love more info on. Thanks!

  24. Jislayne says:

    Looking forward to reading the different grades level

  25. Christie H. says:

    Right now the question I would like most addressed in this book is how to find the balance between too much and too little. I find so much great information on the internet and have found so many wonderful resources that it gets overwhelming trying to figure out how to par it down to create a good curriculum.

  26. Christi Saragosa says:

    I would like to know more about teaching life skills and special education.

  27. Lori Harvey says:

    I am hoping to utilize the forms and get help with burn-out ideas and encouragement.
    lorih24 at yahoo dot com

  28. April Christmas says:

    I can’t wait to read this, we are the first in our group of friends and family to homeschool and have so many questions. This site has been so helpful that I imagine the book will be great too. Thank you.

  29. I would be most interested in the homeschooling kindergarten and elementary chapter :)

  30. We have been homeschooling for years, but those planning sheets look great!

  31. I would like to read more about teaching multiple ages and time management.

  32. I need to know how to homeschool with a baby/toddler, and what to do as far as homeschooling a preschooler.

  33. Keeping it all organized is what I struggle with most.

  34. Jackie B. says:

    Thanks for sharing this Erica. How exciting for you, and for us! I struggle most with keeping our homeschooling planning items in one place. I start off with a binder, then end up with papers here and there. Your forms in the appendix look amazing, and I can’t wait to get it!

  35. How to know if you should homeschool or not with a particular personality/characteristic of your child.

  36. I can’t think of a specific question – but I’m really looking forward to your section on choosing curriculum. Also hoping there’s some encouragement to stay motivated and keep going…I tend to get too laid back…

  37. Thank you for such a wonderful book! I am one that couldn’t wait so I bought a copy right away this morning and started reading some of it. I LOVE IT! I will definitely refer back to this often. You did an awesome job!

  38. Organization! Anything that helps me organize it all.

  39. I am looking forward to reading your book. I just finished my first year of homeschooling…so the question I am facing now is do I hold my kids to their grade level and keep a “normal” schedule or do I let them go on?

  40. We have homeschooled for a few years now and I still stress around May trying to get my thoughts/ideas
    together for the upcoming fall. Putting a curriculum together is never easy for me! I would love your forms to help me organize.

  41. Wow! What a great resource. I think the planning pages and info would be most helpful. I also think your chapter on homeschooling special needs would be awesome.

  42. Starting K this year with an only child. I would love to read this!

  43. I can’t think of one specific question, I have many! We are in our first year of homeschooling K with our oldest, we also have a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old so many years ahead of us! I would love this book!

  44. My first is about to be born. I’m interested in how to play effectively to get them ready for concrete learning.

    • Check out Carisa has a post called Getting Started with Tot School. She also just released an ebook with the same title that you can get for free if you sign up for her email newsletter. :)

  45. Christine says:

    Interested in assessment tests just to show where they are at and just to.point out what grade range of curriculum to look for.

  46. I think the question I would most like answered is: What are practical ways on how to make home school fun without getting off-track in our academics?

  47. Aja Kunda says:

    I would love to win. Also how did you homeschool when towards he end of pregnancy and first few weeks with a newborn?

  48. Elizabeth says:

    There is so much you could share, but as far as just getting started I would say choosing a curriculum.

  49. I’m excited to read the whole book! I think the part I look forward to the most is choosing curriculum, as well as switching mid-year.

  50. Jennifer Ott says:

    I am struggling right now with helping my older children become more independent learners while adding the younger ones into our school. Curriculum choosing is causing me angst :)!

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