North Suburban Home Learners

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire!" -Yeats

New to Homeschooling

If you are new to Homeschooling, you probably have hundreds of questions. The first one being, where do I begin? Rest assured you are not alone. We were all where you are now. We want you to feel confident and comfortable with your decision to homeschool, and we hope we can help.

Whether you are embarking on this new journey out of frustration with your public school system, the high cost of private schools, religious reasons, or flaws in traditional educational approaches, you should familiarize yourself with the legalities of homeschooling in Massachusetts.

The age requirement for mandatory school attendance in Massachusetts is 6 (by September 1), to 16. You need to contact your town’s superintendent regarding what they require and when to submit your homeschool plans. For more detailed information on homeschool case law and advocacy groups in Massachusetts, go to our Homeschooling in MA page.

Don’t stress about which curriculum to get. There are so many different ways to learn and to teach. These can differ from child to child in your own home! You might be interested in unschooling, eclectic style learning (gathering resources from multiple places), classical approach, or interested in purchasing a curriculum from a correspondence school. You may decide on one way, then decide you want to try it a different way, and that’s all right! There is an abundance of options, and you will learn which is the best fit for your family.

Now that you've decided to homeschool, chosen (at least for now) your curriculum, what's next? We suggest you meet other homeschoolers. There’s nothing like finding companionship with like-minded people along this journey. North Suburban Home Learners has many events and opportunities to meet new people. We invite you to jump in and get involved at any time.

Another suggestion is to look around for homeschooling classes at places that interest your children. Museum of Fine Arts, Stone and Franklin Zoo, Boston’s Museum of Science, and the New England Aquarium are just a few of the local institutions that offer classes designed specifically for homeschoolers.

Have a child who is curious to learn about something specific? Plan a field trip! Anyone is welcome to plan any field trip of interest. Field trips can be as structured as a leader-led program, or as simple as a nature walk in the woods. For a list of successful field trips and get ideas, visit our Field Trip Ideas page.

Below are a few more links for those new to homeschooling that may be informational and helpful.

There are many homeschooling groups and we’re happy you chose to join ours! We look forward to meeting you soon!