Many books have been written about how to homeschool, so this will just be a general outline to help someone get started with homeschooling. Homeschooling can be a wonderful option for education. If a parent is committed to their child and choosing an educational program designed for their child, then they can homeschool successfully.
These are the basic steps a parent needs to take when starting homeschooling:
1. Know your child and their learning style - Does your child like to build things, listen to music, draw, go on nature walks, read a lot, read a little, create things, or have an interest in a certain subject area? These are all clues that you can use to figure out how your child learns best. Then you can choose materials or programs that fit that style better and help them to learn and retain what they learn.
2. Know your state's homeschool laws - It's pretty easy to find out what the laws for homeschooling are in your local area. You can either call your local school, county superintendent, or a successful homeschooler that you know. Each state has different requirements, but once you know those requirements it's usually pretty easy to fulfill those requirements. Don't let them overwhelm you. Many people in your state have already done this and many more will come after you. Just take it one step at a time.
3. Pray - This can be the most vital part of homeschooling. With a praying parent, children can thrive. If you are connected to God and know how He created your child, every decision can be run through Him. You can know whether every book or resource that you purchase or borrow is the best option for your family.
4. Determine your homeschool budget - Do you have lots of money to spend on homeschooling? Do you have NO money to spend on homeschooling? Most people are somewhere in between. The important thing, before you start buying a bunch of books is to determine how much money is available for homeschooling. If you don't have much money, then you will need to trade some of your time to get free or almost free resources. Just because you don't have money, doesn't mean that your child's education has to suffer. There are plenty of resources available for homeschooling if a parent is willing to determine how much they have to spend and then stay within those guidelines.
4. Choose books and resources - If you use a good homeschool planner, you can write out your currriculum options for each child and narrow them down based on their learning style and your budget. I caution you not to choose a program or curriculum just because another family uses it and likes it. Pay close attention to what each resource has to offer and carefully choose those resources that you feel will be best for your family.