Saturday, December 17, 2016

10 Steps to Getting Started with Homeschooling

There are a lot of great benefits that homeschoolers enjoy. Nevertheless, a lot of parents are still hesitant to homeschool their child because they are not sure if it is the right thing for their family or they do not know where to start.

If you are one of those parents who are wondering if homeschooling is the right thing for your family then the short answer is yes, as long as you are committed and involved with normal intelligence and no history of serious mental illness.

You do not need to have an impressive educational background or a lot of money in order to homeschool your child. You can be successful without these things. In fact, research has shown that parents who have a high school education can do as well with homeschooling their children as those who have a degree. This same research has also shown that you can get as good of results spending only $200 per year to homeschool your child as you can get spending $400 or more per child per year.

So, where do you start? Whether you believe it or not, you can actually begin homeschooling in 10 easy steps:

1. Subscribe to a homeschool magazine and read all of the articles, even those that you do not think you will ever need, as well as the ads too.

2. Read “how to homeschool” books. Make sure that these books are published by veteran homeschoolers.

3. Locate curriculum providers and look through their resources.

4. Request homeschool catalogs from the major curriculum providers.

5. Visit your local teacher’s store and look through their various workbooks, school supplies, toys and games.

6. Go to a curriculum fair to buy materials.

7. Once you have your curriculum and a plan join the HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association). This will cost you $100 per year but will protect your right to homeschool.

8. Locate your state homeschool group.

9. Find a local support group for yourself.

10. Talk to other homeschoolers in online forums as well as Yahoo groups.

Of course, it is possible to skip some of these steps. However, you will want to make sure that you are prepared. This is what makes a good homeschooling parent. Plus the money that you spend now very well may gain your son or daughter a college scholarship that can save you a lot of money in the future.

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