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The Ten Most Important Things You Need to Know About Homeschooling- what would be on your list?

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 5:10 AM
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The Ten Most Important Things
You Need to Know About Homeschooling

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 from your state, please visit our list of local homeschooling groups. They are well versed in your states particular laws and regulations and can assist you.

5. It does not take six to eight hours a day to homeschool your child. Most of the time children spend at school consists of waiting. Design a plan that works for your family and be prepared to scratch it several times and start over. Don't sacrifice your family's happiness to "school" your children. There are many ways families homeschool; find what works for you and your family.

6. Your child will not become a social misfit. Children do not need to be socialized in a large group of same-age children to become well adjusted socially. Quite the opposite. Most parents want their children to learn their social graces from adults, not other children. Homeschoolers have healthy relationships with people of all ages, including the new mother next door, the retired couple who loves to garden, their friends at ballet, 4-H and Karate and, most important, their parents.

7. You will not have to teach algebra unless you really want to. It is not necessary to teach pre-algebra to ten year olds. When your teen decides to become a scientist, or is ready to explore the requirements of college admission, together you will explore the ways they can learn algebra: in a community college class, with a tutor, or through text books.  After years of using math in their daily lives, homeschooled teens are well equipped to teach themselves higher math. Don't worry about it when they are ten.

8. You will question yourself a lot. Maybe several times a day in the beginning. This is normal. Find a fellow homeschooling friend. Support each other. Tell each other that it's okay to sometimes feel that your children didn't seem to learn anything on a given day. They did, and so did you! 

9. You do not have to starve or live in a tent to homeschool your children. Thousands of homeschooling families are able to make the money they need and homeschool their children at the same time. While you create a family business or dream job, or restructure your current job, your children will learn the most important skill of all- how to create the life of their dreams.

10. Trust in your child. They learned how to love, smile, crawl, walk, talk, run, dress themselves, and understand their world before starting school, and they will continue to grow and learn without school.

by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 5:10 AM
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littleacorn
by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 5:12 AM
There is no one right way to do it--do what works best for your kid(s) and family.

It can be CHEAPER to homeschool than sending a kid to school.
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Moma3boyz
by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 7:09 AM
1 mom liked this
I agree it its cheaper.
Public school cost us around $200 (was close to $500 before text books rental fees were waived) for 3 elementary kids.
Homeschooling cost us around $100 a year for three kids.


Quoting littleacorn:

There is no one right way to do it--do what works best for your kid(s) and family.



It can be CHEAPER to homeschool than sending a kid to school.
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mem82
by Platinum Member on Apr. 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Great advice!


motherganey5
by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I enjoyed reading the above post of ten most important things......

I do love being with my children.  Life moves at such a fast pace and we can loss so many important moments along the way and homeschooling allows us to have our own pace in most areas of our life. 

I have learned this first hand because I returned our 13 year old and 8 year old to school..Our 8 year old had never been in a pulic school setting.  After 7 months I can see that it was NOT the right thing to do.  I know now that I should have just taken some time off and started over.  I should have found a homeschool group ect...so, after much prayer I have been headed in the right direction to a smaller group with so much to offer us in support and activities..I can't wait to become a part of us a group.

I am not a first timer..Our older sons who are 24 and 20 are now husbands.  And our 24 year old is also a father twice..they are doing well.  Homeschool did not in any way hurt them...SO, homeschool parents continue to pray and encourage oneanother..love every moment with our children, take breaks as needed..start over when needed...trust your heart and listen to your children...

Enjoy the life God has given us...

snowangel1979
by Member on Apr. 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM
Lol I'm not officially yet, but I can already see it will be.
It seems like every week, DS comes home with some sort of- guilt trip- fundraiser things. Even though It's not mandatory, there is always some sort of prize and you don't want your child to be the only one without it.
This week it is if you raise at least $25 for the walk they are doing (during school hours) they win and get to wear a tee-shirt. It's for playground stuff.





Quoting littleacorn:

There is no one right way to do it--do what works best for your kid(s) and family.



It can be CHEAPER to homeschool than sending a kid to school.

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usmom3
by BJ on Apr. 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

 I agree with all of this!

oredeb
by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM

 i agree also!!

katzmeow726
by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Homeschooling starts from the first day of parenting....it is a life style, not a type of school.

I had someone tell me I'm not really homeschooling because my kids are just starting pre-school.  I teach them basic concepts (shapes, letters, counting), manners, our faith...how is that not educating my children? 

kittyfaery
by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM
It's the same way with my son's school. At their jog-a-thon they had to raise $100 dollars to get a raffle ticket for the smaller prize raffle. It was ridiculous and I refused to donate anything. I can't wait til the school year is over. I am so ready to start homeschooling.


Quoting snowangel1979:

Lol I'm not officially yet, but I can already see it will be.

It seems like every week, DS comes home with some sort of- guilt trip- fundraiser things. Even though It's not mandatory, there is always some sort of prize and you don't want your child to be the only one without it.

This week it is if you raise at least $25 for the walk they are doing (during school hours) they win and get to wear a tee-shirt. It's for playground stuff.










Quoting littleacorn:

There is no one right way to do it--do what works best for your kid(s) and family.





It can be CHEAPER to homeschool than sending a kid to school.


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