Homeschooling 101: Basics for Parents Before You Start
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Homeschooling 101: Basics for Parents Before You Start

your complete guide to exploring the homeschool option
4.9 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Abby Banks
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • debunk several objections to homeschool
  • analyze your family's readiness to homeschool
  • choose the homeschool style/philosophy that is the best fit for your family
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  • no prior knowledge necessary
  • Access to Adobe Reader for pdfs

Welcome to Homeschooling 101!  In this course, we will explore the basics of homeschooling.  

In this course, I will help you discover if you have what it takes to homeschool.  There is an overwhelming amount of information out there, so we will analyze the essential questions to consider before you start the adventure of homeschooling.

Explore Homeschooling Basics Before Starting To Homeschool

  • Assess pros & cons of homeschooling
  • Analyze student & parent readiness
  • Identify your personal homeschooling style

What You Need To Know Before You Homeschool

When considering the homeschool option for your kids, you may say, "I'd love to homeschool, but...."  We will answer the common objections in your mind.  Then, by answering the question, "Am I ready for this?" you will be able to know if homeschooling would be a good fit for your family.  Have you ever wondered - "Is there only one right way to homeschool?"  We will explore some common ways of "doing" homeschool and help you discover the best style for you.

Homeschooling 101 is a course in self-discovery for parents who are interested in the homeschooling option, but just need some insider information to help bring clarity to the decision making process.

I include lectures in short segments so that they easily fit into your busy schedule.  You will benefit from the course handouts that help you dig deeper into each topic and show you areas where you might need to give more attention.  Finally, this course will help you analyze the strengths, weaknesses, and passions of yourself and your kids and see how that fits into a homeschooling style.

 I am a former classroom teacher, turned homeschooling mom, so I hope this course is the confidence booster you need to jump start your family's homeschool adventure!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for parents who are considering homeschooling their children.
  • This course is also for families new to the homeschool journey who may need some tips and encouragement.
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Curriculum For This Course
Pros & Cons of Homeschooling
4 Lectures 18:51

I will explain what you will learn in this course and how it will help you on your homeschool journey.  

Preview 03:08

Let's tackle the objections in your own mind first.  What arguments are standing in your way?

Preview 07:23

There are pros & cons to every decision.  I will help you consider what a decision to homeschool could mean for your family.

Homeschool negatives to consider

How will homeschooling benefit your family rhythm and your children's education?  

Benefits of homeschooling
Am I ready for this?
6 Lectures 15:17

What does your immediate family think of homeschooling?  

Family & Social Readiness

What is your personality and how will that impact homeschooling?  Do you have realistic expectations?

Emotional Readiness

How much does homeschooling cost?

Financial Readiness

We'll discuss how to get the basics under control.

Lifestyle Readiness

Know the laws for your state and where to find excellent legal advice.

Legal Readiness

Can you really homeschool your kids without a teaching degree?

Teacher Readiness
Is there only one right way to homeschool?
6 Lectures 08:13

How you homeschool is not a one-size-fits-all journey.  Embrace your unique personality, educational philosophy, and your kids' strengths.

Styles of Homeschooling

For the parent who wants to open the box and go.


For the parent who wants to teach their kids to learn for themselves.


For the parent who wants their children to play, create, and learn in real-life situations.

Charlotte Mason

For the parent who values interest-led learning for their kids.


For the parent who appreciates a relaxed approach, while picking the best from every style.

1 Lecture 01:10

You really do have all the tools you need to be a great homeschool parent.  We will end with a "pep rally" and remind you of the practical exercises you completed in this course that will help you make informed decisions and have a great homeschool year.

You can do it!
About the Instructor
Abby Banks
4.9 Average rating
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25 Students
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Certified educator & experienced homeschooling mother of 5

Abby Banks is currently in the trenches as a homeschool mom herself.  Even though she is a former public school classroom teacher, Abby is confident that any parent can homeschool!  This is the ninth year of her family’s homeschool journey with four energetic boys and one sweet girl.  Abby is also a homeschool evaluator in her state.