When I started homeschooling, I had no idea what I was doing. That sounds awful, I know. But it’s the truth. The decision to pull my son out of school was an impulse decision and not one that I had spent a lot of time on. So that first morning that I didn’t have to take him to school, I hopped online and started reading everything I could find about homeschooling.
The first thing I did (and I don’t remember if I read about it, or I was just terrified about the whole socialization issue) was find a local homeschool group. I was so glad I did. I was able to meet other homeschooling families so I didn’t feel so alone. I was able to get advice; both of what I would like to do and what I DIDN’T want to do, lol. My children were able to meet other homeschooled kids, and that was more important to me than anything.
There are different types of groups; those that are just for play dates and field trips, those that are more of a Co-op (where there are actual classes and such) and those are even strictly online and kinda just for ideas and moral support.
To this day, that’s the first piece of advice I have for parents who are just starting their homeschool journeys…find a group and start introducing yourselves!