How do you start the process of homeschooling?

My son will be 5 in Feb of 2009. I would like to homeschool versus sending him to school. I would like to give him a good education.


Asked by Loviepoohbear at 5:01 PM on Jul. 18, 2008 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • A good place to start is with they have all the state requirement there so you want to make sure you can meet those: Here is a direct link to the state requirements page:  Then you want to check out many of the homeschool groups here on CM for tips, then finally check with your local library to see if they have info on finding a group in your area. This fall will be our first year of homeschooling and doing those things helped me find the resources I need. Good Luck.

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 5:06 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

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  • There is 2 options - Homeschooling where your teaching your son or Online Public School where actual teachers are involved but he's at home and its 100% Free.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:14 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

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  • I just homeschooled my five year old. I took him out of public school in March because his teacher didn't want to deal with his Curious George personality. We used K12 It's a public charter school. The state pays for it just like they pay for regular schools. They send you everything you need including a computer. It's all online. We loved it. It was more rigorous than regular kindergarten because we had additional subjects like history, science, art and music. But we had fun and we're looking forward to the next year of homeschooling. He was too distracted to learn in public school but now he's reading above average and he knows all of the continents and some countries in Europe. He can tell time and count money. He knows a few composers and artists too. Pretty cool.
    And that court case where the judge decided that no one could homeschool in California was thrown out for being unconsitutional. Just incase someone tells you that it's illegal to homeschool.

    Answer by ArtC at 5:22 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

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  • Call your school district office and sign up with them as a Homeschooler. They will tell you what is acceptable in your county. Not all sites online and not all programs are accepted by the school board.

    Answer by admckenzie at 3:51 AM on Jul. 19, 2008

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  • I pulled my daughter out of public school last fall because I felt they weren't meeting her needs. I ended up going through ABeka academy. The program she is in is a DVD program, but they also have parent directed ones. They have two drawbacks: 1 the cost. 2 they are religious based, which can be a problem for some people.

    Answer by LoriAnnJo at 6:57 AM on Jul. 19, 2008

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  • Keep in mind that homeschooling can be as cheap or as expensive as you allow it. Just because the state pays for everything doesn't neccessarily mean it's worth it. There are TONS of free resources available, worksheets, puzzles, etc. Send me a message if you'd like me to give you the links I have. Also, google your state's homeschool laws. That will give you a starting point.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 8:00 AM on Jul. 19, 2008

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  • I havw friends that started their kids when they were 4.

    Answer by NikkiMarie333 at 1:42 PM on Jul. 20, 2008

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  • Before you make a choice you need to decide what your looking to get out of homeschooling. Do you want to provide a public education at home or do you want to provide a personalized education that will build on your son's strengths and interests? The next thing you need to do is find out what the laws are regarding homeschooling in your state, and find out what kinds of programs there are that might be benificial to you.
    This is my 4th year as a homeschool mom and I do a combination of each. You might even want to look into the Thomas Jefferson education book, it teaches parents how to teach their kids to think, rather then walking away with just a "cookie cutter" education. My oldest is a 7th grader, and I have a Kinder and a 2nd grader also. If you want information on some free recouses just send me a message.

    Answer by Lornamay at 5:09 AM on Jul. 21, 2008

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  • there are MANY more than just two options. google homeschool and read, read, read.
    and you should know that HSLDA has a right wing and religious agenda.

    Answer by autodidact at 5:22 PM on Jul. 27, 2008

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  • the county does NOT dictate homeschooling regs, the state does. don't contact school district reps, look up your states dept. of Ed. website to find the requirements.

    Answer by autodidact at 5:23 PM on Jul. 27, 2008

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