The first thing you need to know is the regulations your state has put in to place. There are only 6 states that require you to have a teaching degree in order to home school your children. Those states are Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and North Dakota. So unless you live in one of those states, you are not required to be a teacher to home school.
1. Take it one subject at a time. Any task can seem overwhelming if you are looking at the big picture. Break down the task by categories. In this case you have 4 main subjects. You have Math, Language Arts, History, and Science. Take each curriculum and count out how many pages the main book is. Divide the number of pages by the number of days you must home school (most states it is 180 days). That will give you the number of pages you need to cover per day to finish the curriculum in 1 year. Take one day to set up a schedule for each subject based on how much material needs to be covered in per day.
3. Stay organized. Keep a journal for all the days your child attends school. Make sure that you home school for 180 days. You can use a calendar to keep track if you prefer. Next, keep a journal for grades. Write down participation grades, workbook page grades, tests, quizzes, experiments, and projects. Have a folder for each subject and keep all completed school work in that folder. It is easy to do if you label the folder with the subject name and school grade. You can keep these in your attic when the year is completed. Finally, stay organized by writing out your daily assignment for the upcoming week. Then each day you just look to your chart and complete what is written on the chart.
If you follow all three of these things you will have no trouble with home schooling. Remember to take advantage of library programs and community activities.
This article was previously published on the Yahoo Contributor Network.