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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New to homeschooling? Don't know where to start?

We have several new members in our local homeschool group.  We live in a small community so this is really big news.  I'm so excited to have new members weekly!

So, you are new to homeschooling and you need to know where do you start?  Here are 3 tips for you to read and apply.....

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#1.  Know your states homeschooling laws

People make huge mistakes when they don't know the laws before starting their homeschooling.  There are certain steps to follow.  You do not want to be truant in any way, shape, or form with your local BOE/state.

To find out what your laws are go to HSLDA.org - You will have to put in some info. to get those state laws, but that is  normal if you are not a member.  HSLDA (Home School Legal Defence Asso) is a team of lawyers who support and help citizens fight for their homeschooling rights.  To find out more click HERE.  Another little tip, DO NOT ask your local BOE for help or tips!  They more than likely do not know the laws.  Remember, they want your child in the public school system, so asking them for help is never in your best interest.  (I am not against public schooling, I just believe that as parents, we should have a choice on how OUR children are educated.)

#2.  Find a local homeschooling support group

It is really important to find a support group.  Homeschooling can be so overwhelming at times and remember, another mom has more than likely been through the same thing you are going through.  So you will want to discuss things with other homeschooling moms so you know that you are NOT alone!  There are wonderful homeschool groups out there.  There are several links that can help you find a group.  Just 'google' - "find a local homeschool group" and there will be a list of sites to find a group in your area.

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#3.  Relax and have fun

There are so many curriculum choices out there that it can be very overwhelming and exciting at the same time.  So read the reviews.  Click HERE to read some reviews from the TOS Review Crew.  (When you scroll down, on the right they will have the vendors listed.)

Remember, if you choose something that isn't working for you, change it.  Yes, in the middle of the year.  It's ok.  RELAX!  Don't stress out.  You won't mess your child's education up if they are learning something.  When we get a bit stressed, we change our routine a bit.  Here are some things to do to 'change it up'.

day of baking
paint an outside building
let them choose, cook and serve a meal
let them teach you for the day
nature walk
movie day (educational - National Geographic & Animal Planet are 2 of our favorite!)

There are so many ways to make homeschooling fun.  But you must relax.  When mom is tense, the kids can feel it and they don't respond well.  Make learning fun. :)

All of these are my own personal opinion and experiences.

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