How to start home schooling in four easy steps!
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How to start home schooling
with 4 easy steps

  1. Contact your local support group
  2. Choose your home school curriculum
  3. Study your lesson plan
  4. Start your home schooling!

Contact your local support group

The first thing you need to do is contact your local support group or home schooling organization to help show you how to start home schooling in your area. They can help you a great deal and advise you on local regulations. The easiest way for you to do this is by going to the HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) website and search for organizations in your area. Once you have finished reading these steps, check out the Local Support link at the bottom of the page.
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Choose your home school curriculum

It is important to decide which curriculum and publisher best suits you and your children. Different factors need to be considered such as academic level and focus, religious point of view, ability to work independently and morals. Read some of the home school curriculum reviews on our site. Then decide which one best suits your children. Go their by clicking on the Curriculum link at the bottom of the page.

After you decide on the curriculum or publisher you want it is a good idea to compare kits and package deals by grade level or price. You can even piece together textbooks, workbooks and other materials from different publishers all at one online bookstore by going to our affiliate, Learning Things and clicking on the curriculum you want either by grade level or publisher. Click on the Learning Things link at the bottom of the page.

There are also many online education forums that you can use to complement your syllabus. From elearners to foreign language websites, there are many useful tools out there if you research carefully. Children need to be exposed to online learning and computers, especially considering the digital age we live in. There are also many websites that you can find high-quality worksheets covering a wide range of subjects.
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Study your lesson plan

Study the lesson plan that comes with the curriculum. Think of what you missed in your education that you think your children might benefit from. Try to think 'outside the box' meaning you are free to include or omit or modify lessons in the curriculum to suit your needs. Remember, experts agree that you, the parent, are the best teacher for your children.
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Start your home schooling!

Dig in and get started! Like with most new activities and ventures, you need to start before everything falls into place and makes sense. The thing is to get started and as you go along you pick up pointers and fill in any gaps. This sounds simplistic but you will learn as you go. You can always come back for more help on how to start home schooling. Stay in touch! If you need help with any of the above steps of this quickstart guide or any other aspect of home schooling, click here to submit your question or comments. We would love to hear from you!
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E-zine (Newsletter)

We have something else that could be very useful to you. Whether you are a newbie to home schooling or a veteran, subscribe to our FREE Home School Corner electronic newsletter (e-zine). We e-mail it to you every month and provide you with teaching tips, inspiration and curriculum reviews. Every issue includes one or more of the following sections:
  • Hands-On Learning - learn better by doing it!
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  • Motivation Moment - be inspired to teach!
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