New to Homeschooling

For requirements in your state, check out our links for Homeschooling in Georgia and Homeschooling in Alabama.


Wondering how to choose a curriculum?

If you have no idea where to start, we usually recommend that you begin your first year with a boxed curriculum, which contains everything you need. If you don’t want to use an all-in-one, start with core subjects and fill in from there. You can find reviews of many different curricula on Cathy Duffy’s website, or in her book 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. The book also helps you decipher your child’s learning style, and shows which curricula fit best with that learning style. You can find a copy at the North Columbus Public Library.

While reviews are helpful, there is nothing like laying hands on a curriculum and being able to flip through it in person. Don’t be afraid to ask other parents if you can take a look at their books. You can also attend a homeschool conference, such as Teach Them Diligently, to explore the wide variety of vendors present. Don’t forget that you can buy used curriculum if you are eyeing something that doesn’t fit within your budget. There are local curriculum sales at the end of the year, and LIGHT members are welcome to buy, sell, or trade curriculum on our Facebook page or through email groups.

Other helpful resources to get you started:

Home School Legal Defense Association