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How to Start Homeschooling

Have you ever wondered if you could homeschool, or where to start? Does it look big or feel overwhelming? This article lays out the step to start homeschooling in 10 simple steps, so you can know how to homeschool your child.

Steps to Start Homeschooling Your Child
1. Find the laws for your state. Homeschool Legal Defence Association is a good place to start.
2. Sit down with your children and find out their interests. Think about what they like. Do they enjoy reading, or do they prefer activities. This is to help you make a choice about what curriculum to use.
3. Now decide what your needs and wants are. Do you have the education to teach? Do you have the time? All these things can help determine the curriculum you pick.
4. Next determine the price range you can afford.
5. Now hunt for curriculum that fits your childs likes, your goals, and the price range you can afford. Cathy Duffy Reviews, Rainbow Resource, and Christian Book are good places to start.
6. After makeing your decision on curriculum, put in your order. You want to get this done soon enough that you can look over it alittle before school starts.
7. Decide what room to school in. Purchase the desks you need, or tables and chairs of the correct height. Make sure the lighting is good.
8. Purchase basic school supplies like pencils and notebooks.
9. Write a basic schedule for your school day.
10. Plan your menus to be simple, and require as little preperation as needed. You want to have plenty of time to get off to a good start.
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Find the Laws for your State for Homeschooling Your Child

First you need to determine what the laws of your state are concerning homeschooling. You want to look into this as soon as possible. You don't want to be late getting any necessary forms submitted, and thereby cause unnecessary trouble. You don't want to risk getting charged with truancy when your children don't show up at public school.

If your state requires a high school diploma, you want to know this in time. You may want to study and get a high school equivaleny diploma, if you do not already have an high school diploma. So give yourself time for this, if required by state.

Determine the Likes and Tendencies of Your Children

After you have determined the laws of you state, got your GED or HISET if needed, and printed off the desired forms, then sit down with your children if they've been in school before. Ask them what subjects they liked. What did they like about those subjects. What is their dream curriculum? Do they like to read? Do they like to always be active? Do they enjoy project or do they prefer to read?

Basically you want to decide whether your curriculum should be geared to books because your child loves to read, or should it be geared to activities projects and experiments, because the child prefers being active. Sometimes you can do a happy medium.

If they like to read do they prefer tradition textbooks and workbooks, or do they prefer story books. If they prefer textbooks, there is Abeka, Bob Jones, and Rod and Staff. If you prefer a number of thin booklets per subject there is Accelerated Christian Education, Alpha Omega, and Christian Light Publications

If they prefer story books, you may want to check out Charlotte Mason style curriculum. Some good curriculum are My Father's World Books, and Sonlight.

If your child prefers something more active they might like Konos, Montessori style, or Unit Studies and Notebooking.

Determine Your Needs in Homeschooling

After you have determined your child's likes, you need to determine your abilities and needs.

Do you know the subject matter for the grade your thinking of teaching? Do you enjoy teaching?

How much time do you have? Do you have another job? Do you have babies or younger children that need you attention?

Basically how self teaching does the program need to be?

If you need something more self teaching, you might want to look into Accelerated Christian Education, or Alpha Omega.

Price of Homeschooling Your child

Next you need to determine how much you can afford to spend to homeschool your child. How much can you spend to still be in budget, and meeting your own requirements.

Purchase Your Curriculum

After you checked out reviews on Cathy Duffy, for the curriculum your interest in, and looked on Rainbow Resource and Christian Book, you want to purchase the curriculum you need to homeschool your child. You want to purchase it in time that you can recieve it alittle before school starts. This way you can look over the materials and get familiar with any thing else you might need.

Gather Basic Homeschooling Supplies

You want to gather basic supplies like, pencils, notebooks, crayons, erasers, scissors, and glue.

You also want basic reference supplies. A dictionary, atlas, Bibles, and concordance. You may want a children's dictionary, a visual dictionary, and a more complete dictionary.

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Write Your Homeschool Schedule

Write out a homeschool schedule. If you want to suceed ant homeschooling it can't be something you do alittle bit here and there, when you get around to it. It has to be an important part of your day.

You need to count it important and anticipate and choose to enjoy it, so that your enthusiasm is felt by your children.

You may want to keep subjects short, and do it more than once a day, if the child does not like long classes.

Write a Simple Menu Plan For Your Homeschool Days

If you plan to keep meals simple and easy to prepare when you are starting out, this gives you more time to focus on getting a good start homeschooling.

You may even want to use a crock pot, and eat sandwiches etc.

Focus on the Basics First

One of the best tips for how to homeschool is to keep it simple and focus on basics first.

To make sure you get the basics in your homeschooling you may want to focus on the basics first in your day. Then fill in with other subjects if there is time. Basic Subjects include Phonics, Spelling, Math and Bible.

Homeschooling Your High School Child

Homeschooling Your High School Student
1. Sit down and discuss the dreams of your student. Does he or she want to go to college or vocational school? What careers are of interest to the student?
2. If there is any interest in college or vocational school, llok at options and pick a few that are your favorite. Note: Answers in Genesis lists creation supporting colleges.
3. Look into the admission requirements for the college or vocational school of interest. What is the cost involve in attending the school? What are the requirements to get in the school? What number high school credits are required, and what subjects?
4. After you learn all that, write out an idea of subjects, and curriculum you are interested in for each year.
5. Get transcript, report card, diploma, and grade book sheets or templates.
6. Follow the steps listed above on how to homeschool
7. Keep a record each year on the transcript template of subjects studied, the grade average and the credits recieved. 150 hours can equal 1 credit. For electives like art or music 120 hours is enough. Use a record book or grade book to keep track of hours.
8. After high school is finished, fill out and give the student, their high school diploma. Also give them the finished transcript.

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