Getting started with homeschooling  

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created by writeagain 2010-02-21 09:27:51 pm

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Make a detailed list of why you have chosen to homeschool. In the coming years, it will help to refer to this list to keep yourself on track and to get you through the rough times.

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submitted by writeagain 2010-02-21 09:29:36 pm    


Don't decide to homeschool based on fear or anger at your current educational system. You will run out of fear and/or anger before you run out of homeschool obligations! Plan to school for at least a year to start.

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submitted by writeagain 2010-02-21 09:31:04 pm    

Be sure to find out what the laws are in your state or region for homeschooling. Pay close attention to requirements to track numbers of days or hours and also whether there are testing requirements at the end of your school year.

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submitted by writeagain 2010-02-21 09:27:51 pm    

Don't try to get started homeschooling in a vaccuum. Seek the company of other, more experienced homeschooling families for mutual encouragement and information sharing. Check with your local library for suggestions on making contact.

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submitted by writeagain 2010-02-21 09:34:19 pm    

If you are removing your children from public or private school to homeschool, allow a little time for them to decompress and prepare mentally for such a different schooling system. Parents report that a month or two is good.

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submitted by writeagain 2010-02-22 10:29:01 am    

Determine at the beginning what you will use to measure success in your homeschooling program. Grades, workbooks completed, proficiency on tests or in real life? Be wary of unmeasurable goals, it's hard to know when you have met or exceeded them.

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submitted by writeagain 2010-02-22 10:31:56 am    


Homeschool parents can write all their own curriculum or purchase the whole thing on satellite or DVD. Most choose something between these two extremes. While some buy a whole year's curriculum from one publisher, others pick and choose among many.

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submitted by writeagain 2010-02-22 10:34:05 am    

Research different approaches -- textbook, Charlotte Mason,delight-directed,classical. Find out what suits you best and study that method in-depth.

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submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-15 06:53:54 am    

Set a budget for your homeschool curriculum before you start buying materials.Take stock of your resources -- home library, Internet access, public library. Study homeschool catalogs and make a note of prices. Try to buy used when feasible.

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submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-20 09:07:54 am    

Search for a homeschool support group in your area. Attend some meetings and start asking questions. If there are no support groups, search for online forums related to homeschooling.

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submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-25 07:49:55 am    

Usually homeschooling is not a matter of Choice, its a matter of circumstances. Make sure you've got Curriculum, the syllabus of each courses and the e-mail addresses of your contact persons. Make sure that you are determined with this scheme.

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submitted by apierce 2010-05-21 10:38:58 pm    


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