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Posted by on Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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I decided I want to home school my youngest because I do not want him exposed to our district's "element" we live in the inner city, and the schools here are notoriously bad, coupled with the funding cuts where they are going to be cutting art and music next year. I just don't feel it's an enviroment condusive to learning. so I am trying to learn what is needed and everything, and I am now overwhelmed with information! luckily he's only one and I have time to sort through all of this...but I do not even know where to start HELP!

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expresso-time
by on Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Just breath and follow your gut-for real. take it slow at first is my advice. i teach tehm on the black board, activities, workheets, etc, but we alo use TIME4LEARNING.COM it is pretty cheap too actually and my kids (6 &8) love it!! it has all subjects and grades them and has weekly reports-we love it so far!!!
Rust.n.Gears
by on Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Start by knowing your laws. Go to http://www.hslda.org/ and find out the laws for your state. From there I figured out what subjects I wanted to teach and went to the library and bookstores for ideas. I got some "learn how to homeschool" books and sat in the cafe for a while. I then went on Amazon to look for curriculum and honestly I bought some workbooks at Barnes & Noble and found lots of stuff at my local library.

QueenCreole313
by Julia on Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM
You can do it!!
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RockEducation
by on Mar. 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

 Yes, definitely take a breath. Read a few books about homeschooling.

Home Learning Year by Year--Rebecca Rupp

Homeschooling For Dummies--Jennifer Kaufeld

The Well-Trained Mind--Susan Wise Bauer

You will do great! You have lots of time to plan.

I agree with Rust, know your state laws.

usmom3
by BJ on Mar. 13, 2013 at 12:47 PM

 What the other Moms said is what I was going to say.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM
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                           Here is an article that I thought you might find interesting.

             How to Start Homeschooling

             What do you need to know?


You want to start homeschooling, but how do you know what to do first? What do you need to know before you start teaching your children? The first step is to educate yourself. This takes time, effort, thought and prayer. Nobody can give you a magic formula that will guarantee a successful homeschool journey when you start. Each family is different, each child is different, and the little daily decisions is what will make your homeschool successful.

Have you weighed the pros and cons of homeschooling? Do you think you have an idea of what homeschooling will be like? If you are to the point that you are seriously considering the homeschool option and want to know what it takes to start, here are 10 steps for how to homeschool.

start homeschooling

1. Homeschooling Laws

Check with HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) to become familiar withhomeschooling laws in your state.

2. Values

What are my family values? Why do I want to start homeschooling? What kind of character do I want to build in my child? What academic goals (long and short term) do I have for my child? What social and/or athletic qualities to I want to encourage? When you have answered these questions write a one or two sentence statement as the foundation for your school and use it in your decision making process. Your curriculum and method may change, but your vision will be the consistent foundation.

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3. Have Confidence in Your Decision

Once you make the decision to homeschool it will seem as though you are bombared with questions (from yourself and others) about your choice. Can you answer homeschool questions with confidence? Some common questions are:

Is it legal? 
Are you qualified? 
What about socialization? 

4. Discover You Child's Learning Style

Is your child primarily a visual learner? An auditory learner? Or a kinesthetic learner? It’s useful to know before you start your homeschool, but sometimes just getting started with any curriculum will help your child's learning style become more obvious as you work through different activities.

See characteristics of each learning style and find suggestions on how to teach to these strengths.

5. What Method Will Work?

A method (also called an approach) is the WAY you teach your child. A method will give you a framework for planning as you start homeschooling. It could be classical education, Charlotte Mason, unit studies, unschooling, or you can use several and call it "eclectic homeschooling."

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6. Find Support

Support is crucial when you start your homeschool. Some parents need alot of outside support and some are content to have the support of their spouse or immediate family. Your support network of family, friends and other homeschoolers serves as a sounding board for your ideas and can provide you with new perspectives. The more supported you feel, the more confident you will feel about starting your homeschool.

What do support groups have to offer? 
Find a local homechool support group.

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7. Prepare Your Children

Going to school is so “expected” in our society that it doesn’t matter what age your children are, they are going to need to “prepare” for the homeschool journey too.

8. Choose Curriculum or Make Your Own

Choosing homeschool curriculum can be overwhelming. There's A LOT out there. If you have done the research and planning for the steps I've outlined above, you'll have an easier time.

Click here for more on how to research curriculum.

9. What about Record Keeping?

Now that you have all your new curriculum, you are anxious to start homeschooling. But first, set up a record keeping system based on your state's requirements. Are you required to keep attendance records? Test scores? Shot records? Work samples? Get a file folder or notebook organized now to make record keeping a breeze.

Tips on homeschool record keeping. 
Setting up daily, weekly and yearly homeschool schedules. 
Avoid overcommitment when setting up your homeschool schedule.

Have fun!

A friend of mine was in tears because her youngest child was graduating high school at the end of the year. She told me, "I can't believe it's ending! I've had the time of my life!" I hope, at the end of our journey, we can say the same thing.

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kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Here is another fantastic article that sums up what I usually say to most people myself. In fact, it is one of the best I have come across!  lol ....

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.

  

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