When looking for information on homeschooling, it's important to look at all the aspects of what is involved in homeschooling. You should follow your state guidelines, know what you need to do, and find out what is available for homeschooling.

State Laws - You can either search for this online, call your local school district or county superintendent, or talk to a local homeschool parent. This might seem overwhelming, but just remember lots of people in your state fulfill these requirements every year and many more will fulfill them in the future.

Cost - Determine how much money you have available for homeschooling. If you don't have much money, then you will have to trade some of your time for money or spend some time looking for inexpensive resources. If you don't set a homeschool budget, you may end up spending way more money than necessary. I have seen people spend anywhere from $100-$2000 per student per year of homeschooling.

Time - Younger students require more time to homeschool although they might be more fun to homeschool because you can do hands on activities with them to help them learn what they need to learn. I recommend that older students start getting used to teaching themselves most of what they need to know with some guidance from their parents.

Materials - Homeschool materials are so abundant. Narrowing down your choices seems to be the hardest part. If you use a good homeschool planner and write down your options for each subject for each student, you can narrow down your choices from that list.

Diploma - Diplomas only count when the student enters 9th grade. Before that, parents don't need to concern themselves with diplomas. Once a student starts 9th grade, their course work starts counting towards graduation. Many homeschool students use transcripts, college entrance exams like the SAT or ACT, or a GED to fulfill their diploma requirement. There is always the option of joining an accredited school that issues a diploma, but this doesn't need to be done until high school.

Socialization - This is the age old question homeschoolers get. All good homeschoolers know that this is such a non-issue, that it's not even worth arguing over. Homeschoolers socialize with people all the time. If you can get along with family members for extended periods of time, you can get along with just about anyone. Homeschoolers also have many opportunities to interact with members of the community in their daily lives. You can read more about it at homeschool socialization.

Homeschool Parents - When looking for information on homeschooling, a great resource to use are other homeschool parents whose children you enjoy being around. These parents can give you lots of great tips and resources for almost any situation you encounter.