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Moving to homeschool for 6th grade.......... ?'s about how to get started

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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 We have decided to homeschool our daughter for 6th grade and i'm at a bit of a loss as where to start. We have been enrolled in one of the best school corporations in Indiana and my boys (ages 18 and 16) have done really well. My daughter on the other hand is struggling with her ADHD and not fitting in well socially or emotionally. I have always wanted to be a SAHM but have been unable to in the past. We now have a 2 month old and I can't think of a better reason to test the homeschool waters. Does anyone have suggestions on how to get started? I've seen many sites with used curriculum, but i honestly don't know what/how much we need to start. This is all foreign to me.


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by Testing the waters on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

How exciting to be testing the waters with homeschooling.  I have many friends who have seen their kids benefit from homeschooling and I pray that this will be of great benefit to your daughter and to you!!  The organization I work for has a great series of articles that answer your question (and many more) . . . here is the link . . . I hope this helps  :-)  

Effective Home Schooling

by Leader on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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Here are my best tips for starting homeschooling parents.

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.


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