Why Homeschool is like a Jigsaw Puzzle! Part 1

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Have you ever stared at a 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle
and thought to yourself
“there are so many pieces. Where do I start?”

 

Homeschool is like a Jigsaw Puzzle

You see the finished picture on the outside of the box, it’s so beautiful. That is why you would have chose that particular puzzle to begin with, right? – because of the beautiful picture!

Well, homeschooling is a little like that 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle – the picture on the outside is often beautiful, you want to dig in but don’t know where to start.

 

I’m hoping to shed some light and give you a glimpse of hope with this 5 post series. My goal is to help you *sort* your homeschool puzzle pieces and have you on your way to understanding how and where to get started!


 

Welcome to the Jigsaw Puzzle Homeschool Series.
 Be sure not to miss any of the posts in this series.

  1. Sorting your Puzzle Pieces and your Laws and Choices.   <<<you are here
  2. Finding your Homeschool Style.
  3. Finding out what Type of Homeschooler you are.
  4. Creating a Schedule.
  5. Curriculum

Homeschool is like a Jigsaw Puzzle

Just like a puzzle, you start with the straight pieces; the outline.
You must first get all your straight pieces picked out and sorted before you begin to fill in the big picture. If you don’t first build your frame (the structure) and then fill in –  you will inevitably give up and move on.  We can’t have that happening, can we?

Sorting Your Straight Pieces

Let’s talk about the steps you should take in order to sort out and begin building your homeschool frame or structure.

Step 1:

  • Laws

First and foremost, you need to know the laws for homeschooling in your state. You can simply Google “homeschool laws in enter your state name.” -OR- Visit this site for a clear understanding of the laws and your options. { – yes, some states will give you choices! }

This will help you get an idea of what is expected of you as homeschoolers and what qualifications and guidelines you may need to abide by.

  • Choices/Options

If you visited “this site” from above you will see that there are alternatives and choices in some states. Some states offer/allow what is commonly known as “umbrella schools” {also referred to as 600 schools, cover schools, or church schools}

Click here if you need further understanding of what an umbrella school is and if it’s right for you.

**We use an umbrella school (HomeLife Academy) for our school needs. I love that they keep the school records, attendance, and provide transcripts. They are faith based and allow us the freedom to choose the curriculum of our choice and we can teach in the order that best suites our family. We are NOT required to participate in state testing. Which is a HUGE bonus for us. {since I do not believe that a child’s education is measured by the ability to take a test} They are also very affordable and well worth the money for the services they provide.

So, knowing your state laws and what is expected of you in your homeschool adventure is your first step. You now have a starting point.

Congratulations!
*You are now sorting your straight pieces and building your outline*

Step 1 = Complete!

 

Ready for Step 2? Grab a piece of paper and write down your Step 1 decision and keep that paper for Steps 2-5. This will be your homeschool outline.

Homeschool Plan

 

[Above is the list I started. This will give you an idea of how to create your list.
You will continue to add to this list throughout steps 2-5]

 

Blessings,
Brandy

 

{OurThriftyHome and HomeLife Academy have no affiliation. I have not been compensated. I do use their services and the opinions of them are solely my opinions.}

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15 Comments


  1. Thank you, Kaitlyn.

    Often times we are the ones who over complicate things, right?

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Blessings,
    Brandy


  2. Hey there Brandy! Stopping by from the Sunday Blog Hop linky on BecauseImCheap.com Thank you so much for linking up! This is a great resource! We are looking to start our family (adoption) and I’ve often thought of homeschooling and how I could do it. I’m saving this for later! Hope to see you again on the next linky 🙂
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  3. My pleasure!

    Congratulations, Jenn! If there are any questions I can answer for you, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can always email me or reach me on social media. Looking forward to future link-ups. Thank You!

    Blessings,
    Brandy






  4. Not a homeschooling mom but still can say I love this series. It will be featured over at LFEO on Friday 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you post this weekend.
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  5. Thank you!
    Homeschooling in the beginning can be a bit overwhelming with so many questions and so much to learn. My hope is to help others not feel so confused and to have a direction.
    Blessings,
    Brandy






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