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Ten Steps to Getting Started with Homeschooling

1) Make the Decision Making the decision to homeschool is not to be taken lightly or quickly. It is a daunting task to take on the full responsibility for your child’s education. Here are some considerations to help you think through the process. Is the homeschooling lifestyle for you? (Article)   2) Read books Yes, reading books is actually much better than reading blogs or websites mainly because there is just so much information available that it can be totally overwhelming. I suggest starting off with a few good books on the topic. Here are the books that have been suggested by members.   3) Understanding Homeschool Laws It is very important to know and stay within the laws and requirements of your state. In general, it is not wise to start by asking your local school what the homeschooling law is – often they don’t know, and they may give you misleading information. They may quote policy as though it were law…you need to find out the laws regarding home education in your state. Legal Information in our Link Library Articles on legal information Legal Information in the forum   4) Finding a Support Group If you’re reading this then you’ve already started this step. Pop over to our forums and meet with others. however you may also like to get involved with a non online support group....

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The Ten Most Important Things You Need to Know About Homeschooling

Taken from homeschool.com 1. Homeschooling is life changing. It creates personal growth for both the parent and the child. You (the parent) get a second chance to re-discover your own special genius, while you help your children discover theirs. Nothing you will ever do will have a more profound effect on your child and your family’s future as homeschooling. 2. You are qualified to homeschool your children if you love to read to them, love to spend time with them, love to explore the world with them, love to see them learn new things and, most important, love them.  3. Children love to learn. It is as natural to them as breathing. They have an inborn hunger to explore the world and examine what is interesting. They learn by following their interests, with one interest leading to another. This is the way we all learned as younger children and how as adults we learn after we leave school. Homeschooling families learn together and know that learning is a life-long process. 4. Homeschooling is legal everywhere in the United States, but homeschooling laws vary from state to state. The three basic categories for homeschooling laws are: home education laws, private school laws, and equivalency laws. The best way to find out what your state laws are is to contact a local support group in your area. To contact a representative...

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ABC’s of Homeschooling

ABC’s of Homeschooling Found at TheHomeschool Advocate  A – Athletics:  Homeschoolers do participate in sports!  Some prefer local city teams, others participate through the Boys and Girls Clubs or Upward type programs.  In some areas, homeschoolers are permitted to participate on public or private school teams.  Where I live, there are private homeschool sports teams that compete with area private schools.  It is possible for homeschool students to participate in sports! B – BOOKS:  I’ve never met a homeschool family who didn’t appreciate books.  We’ve been told that we have more books than the local library and I consider this a compliment. C – Chores:  Children who learn at home have more time to help with household chores.  This not only increases their ability to manage a household of their own one day, but it also gives them a sense of responsibility, teamwork, and accomplishment. D – Discipline:  Since parents love their children more than anyone else in the world, they are able to train them and discipline them throughout the day when they are homeschool. E – Enthusiasm:  Based on my experience with homeschooled children, they appear to have a lot more enthusiasm for life and learning than the average child.  Parents can also share their enthusiasm for particular subjects with their children. F – Field Trips:  No homeschool education would be complete without field trips!  Whether you...

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Getting Started Homeschooling

By Debra Bell  So you’re ready to take your first plunge into homeschooling.  I remember the butterflies that generated in me twelve years ago.  My good friend, Marie, an experienced homeschooler, said, “The first year’s the hardest.  It gets easier after that.”  I didn’t really believe her.  I mean I was only tackling kindergarten back then. I couldn’t imagine that being harder than, say, high school physics.  Now speaking from the other side of high school physics, Marie was right.  Figuring out how to homeschool is really the toughest task of all.  Once you find your groove, and that usually takes a year or two, it becomes a comfortable fit for most families. Here are a few tips I think will help you get in the zone quickly: 1. Recognize there is a learning curve. And you’re just at the beginning. Tell your kids to expect the unexpected. In fact, the first year of homeschooling is really about finding out what doesn’t work. Ask any veteran, they’ll tell you, “Nobody does what they did the first year again!” So relax. Enjoy the process. That’s part of the fun. There isn’t just one way to homeschool your kids. You have a lot of options. It’s okay to try out a few different resources, schedules, philosophies, curricula, etc. until you finally settle into a groove. And just when you think you’ve...

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Various FAQ to do with homeschooling

The Home Education Association (HEA) has a good list of responses to the following:   What is home education? Is home education legal? Do I need to register with the Government authorities? Do I need a curriculum? Can the HEA help me with curriculum? Is this the same as correspondence schooling? What about socialisation? Will home educated children be able to matriculate and gain entrance to university? How do I make contact with home educators in my area? How many home educators are there in Australia? We are moving to Australia next year. We want to homeschool our children in Australia. Do we need to do the paperwork before we enter Australia or can we wait until our arrival? We are thinking about travelling around Australia. Do we have to register for homeschooling in each...

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A Few Tips for Getting Started

Most new homeschooling parents are very keen to ‘do school’ whereas others are happy to deschool and have more relaxed start to their homeschooling adventure. Either way, it’s helpful to remember that homeschooling is a journey…a process and both parents and children have plenty of time in which to learn, grow and develop. Continue reading

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