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New Homeshooling Mom

Posted by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM
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Hello, My name is Tonya and I am new to the journey of HomeSchooling. I plan to start next year with my 4th grader and 1st grade. I am looking for any advice that you could throw my way. I live in the downriver Michigan area.

Look forward to hearing from you and getting familiar with all of you!

by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM
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by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM
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My best tips are:

1. Look up your state laws. Make sure you are in compliance. I like this site rather than HSLDA

2. Decide what your mutual goals for the future of your student are, high school degree, GED, college and so on.

3. Find out your teen's best learning styles. I'd use POC4U to aide this.

4. Research ways to do an education along with your teen. I recommend The Teenage Liberation Handbook.

5. Pick out curriculum (if any)  WITH your teen. I do not recommend buying a full curriculum the first year. It tends to lead to frustration and a waste of money.

6. Be flexible, expect change.

7. Locate local groups and resources.

8. Don't forget to make it fun, relax now and then, just enjoy each other.

9. Be sure to keep your student in touch with any friends they really want to spend time with and which you do not feel are a really bad influence.

And finally, relax, relax, relax. The very best thing you can do is de-school. Let your students find what their are passions and pursue them.

I have one that has won a four year academic scholarship and one that has won a renewable athletic scholarship. That's only my student athlete's first college visit and offer. There are more offers to come.

Stressing over making your child learn or doing what the public or private schools are doing or doing enough won't help you or them. I wish someone had told me that when I began and that I could have wrapped my head around it and believed it.

Love them. Like them. Trust them. Support their dreams even when you don't like or understand what they are. This is the best gift you can give anyone. It's also a gift that will allow them to do things that will impress you over the years.


by Bronze Member on Apr. 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

First totally off topic I am from that area. I no longer live there. 

I would say depending on how their school experience was you might want to take it really easy.  Give them time to decompress so to speak from what they knew school was so they can get an empty view to fill it with new definaition. I think that is key. But my kids have only been homeschooled, though I have neighbor boys whose mom decided to not give them a summer off because she was worried about getting behind. That was horrible.

by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM
My biggest advice...

1. Know what is expected of you (even if you disagree and choose not to do it). Your state requirements and laws.

2. Make learning joyful and only follow routines you are comfortable with. Don't persist if it isn't working, shift gears.

3. I find that they get excited about it when you are excited. So put a little, "whee!!!" In your day.

by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Welcome TonyaMink.  Here is a free webpage to help you...full of lots of information from K through High School.  How To Home School

by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 3:47 PM


The biggest help to me was finding our local Homeschool Expo.  You might check to see if there is one in your area as well as homeschool groups (yahoo, library, bookstores, museums, etc)

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