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Getting Started with Homeschooling

Home education is ancient when compared with public schooling, a relatively new concept in our society introduced in the 1840s. Parents felt confident placing their children's educational lives into the hands of these institutions. In doing so, the school systems became an integral part of American life. In our day, our nation is reaping the devastating effects this educational philosophy is having upon our society. More and more, parents are recognizing this danger and resuming their responsibility to train their children. Once parents have committed themselves to home educate, it is essential that they learn how to proceed. Knowing our laws, selecting curriculum, and interacting with local school officials are areas that should be approached with wisdom and discretion.

Our web site will provide a good start on the road to successfully discharge your responsibility to educate your children.

"Lord, give us your wisdom, grace and guidance in our efforts to fulfill our responsibility!"

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Do some homework

The following are suggested guidelines for you to consider when you take charge or your children's education. This great responsibility demands that parents understand exactly what homeschooling entails before they jump in with both feet. Some background research is essential, but most of all this is a spiritual decision that requires prayer and family unity to work. It is the Lord who builds the house. When deciding consider the following:

Investigate the Legalities

Each state has its own rules and regulations that affect home schools. These rules range from states requiring annual notification, testing, and oversight, to states where home schools operate as private schools and are thus virtually unregulated. It is essential that homeschooling families determine exactly what their state requires.

Evaluate Your Family's Needs

Homeschooling allows the opportunity to make the school accommodate the family, rather than the other way around. To do this, families must take time to analyze and identify their specific characteristics and needs. Some of the things to be considered are:

The Family Worksheet compiled by Debra Bell may help you to do this

Select a Curriculum

Once your family's characteristics and needs have been analyzed and identified, these should be used to guide you in acquiring a curriculum. For example, families desiring a strong measure of structure should consider curricula offering pre-planned lessons and a well-defined course of study, perhaps even considering enrolling in a satellite school offering ongoing counseling and oversight. On the other hand, families desiring less structure might consider a unit study program or perhaps even developing their own curriculum from resources available at home and in the community. The purchase of a curriculum is one of the most important homeschooling decisions your family will make, so care should be taken to thoroughly investigate all the options available.

Plan the Paperwork

Once your curriculum decision has been made, the next step is to put that curriculum into action on a daily basis.

Get Organized

Now that your homeschool program is ready, create an environment conducive to learning.

Socialization

In all the hubbub over curriculum, lesson plans, and registration, take care not to lose sight of the social element.

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