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Homeschooling Basics (101)

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1) Making the Decision to Homeschool:

Making the decision to homeschool is usually very difficult and not one to be taken lightly. It is a personal decision that I can't make for you, but maybe I can help you think it through. Consider these things in making your decision.

2) Starting the Year off Right:

Here are a few steps to help get organized and get a good start in homeschooling.

3) Understanding Homeschool Laws:

It is very important to know and stay within the laws and requirements of your state or region.

4) Choosing a Support Group:

Meeting together with other homeschoolers can be helpful, but finding a support group can sometimes be difficult. It often takes patience to find the right match for your family. Generally, support groups offer encouragement and help along the way. They can help with choosing curriculum, record keeping, meeting the state laws, and providing opportunities and activities for your students.

5) Choosing a Curriculum:

Selecting your curriculum can be overwhelming. It is possible to overspend and

6) Basics to Record Keeping:

It is very important to keep good records of your child's homeschool years. Your records can be as simple as a daily journal or as elaborate as a purchased computer program or notebook system.

7) Basics to Scheduling:

Homeschoolers generally have a lot of freedom in setting up their schedule, but it sometimes takes a while to find out what works best for your family. It's helpful to hear about what others are doing.

8) Basics to Homeschool Methods:

There are many mothods to homeschool your children. Finding the right method for your family will come in time and it's not uncommon to try a few different methods before throughout your homeschooling years.

9) Basics to Beginning Mid-year:

Is it possible to begin homeschooling midyear? Here are some practical tips to take your children out of school and begin homeschooling after the school year has already begun.

10) Keeping it Interesting:

They say that variety is the spice of life. Here are some fun things to keep your homeschool day fresh and interesting.

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