How do I Start

So you've decided to homeschool your child. Now what do you do?

On Guam the first thing you will need to do is formally withdraw your child from whatever school they have been attending. This generally means going to the school and filling out a withdrawal form. It is good to print out a copy of the law so that you have something to show a principal or secretary that may give you a hard time. It is legal to homeschool on Guam. Don't let someone tell you it is not. And you do not have to give them any excuse for why you wish to do it. It is no one's business but your own. If you have a kindergarten child who has never been in school, then this is not an issue.

Once the school withdrawal is complete then next you have to decide on what kind of curriculum (if any) you might want to use with your child(ren). Your children's learning styles and your own learning style should be a factor that can guide you in this decision making process. There are a lot of great sites out there that talk about the different learning styles.

How much time you can commit to teaching will also be a consideration. If you need your child to work independently for a certain amount of time you might want to look into a workbook style approach, or an online or DVD curriculum. (see Curriculum Reviews in the sidebar for examples).

Depending on where you are in the school year will determine how quickly or how slowly you start. Some children will need a few weeks to get used to the idea of mom being the teacher if they have spent time in the school system. Take that time to talk to your children and find out where their interests lie. Not only should you be concerned about basic academics but finding hobbies and other activities for your child will help round out their homeschool experience.

One thing to remember is that homeschooling gives your family flexibility that school did not. There is no rule that says school has to occur from 8am to 3pm. Guam's law only states that you need to teach 3 hours per school day for 170 days of the year. That gives you lots of flexibility for school hours and days to teach. You can go on vacation during the off season and count that as an extended field trip. You can take days off in the middle of the week when mom is under the weather and not worry about make up days. You can teach your child at midnight if you are all night owls. Or start school in your jammies at 11am! Homeschooling is all about the freedom to teach your child, what you want, when you want.

Our resource center has sample curriculum, an extensive library, catalogs and other resources that you can look through if you are needing help finding a curriculum to use. Check back as we update this website with more curriculum reviews and helpful links.