I have been homeschooling for about 8 years. Prior to that, I was a classroom teacher with APS for about 15 years, and never thought I would utter the words "home school." Homeschooling is the best decision we made for our family. I always tell people the reasons I CONTINUE to homeschool are very different than the reasons I STARTED to homeschool.
Starting to homeschool can be overwhelming – it’s important to take one day at a time. Don’t worry about making mistakes. See everything as a learning opportunity.
There are lots of different types of homeschoolers – some very traditional and/or rigid. Some very freestyle with loose schedules. And everything in between. Before I did start, I read everything I could get my hands on. There are many books at the public library, and tons of resources online that will talk about different ways to homeschool. The most important thing to remember is to do what works for your family. It’s easy to get caught up in the “I should… I could…” when you start to see what others are doing, but you have to stay true to your family.
I would encourage you to ask, ask, ask. Ask lots of questions.
CAPE-NM is a Christian group that puts on a Homeschooling conference every Spring. Regardless of your religious beliefs, they have an informative "Getting Started" workshop that is free and open to the public. Check their website if this interests you. I attended that workshop 8 years ago before I made the decision to homeschool and remember getting some helpful ideas.
I am currently homeschooling my 8 year old daughter and my 9 year old son. My 15 year old daughter was homeschooled from 3rd grade through 8th grade. I am happy to share my experiences with you, having been on both sides of the public school fence. Feel free to email me and best wishes.