The following is advice from veteran homeschoolers on how to start:
- Go to a homeschooling convention and see what’s offered.
- Email all your homeschooling friends and relatives and ask what they use.
- Do research, talk to your child and get an opinion on what he or she would like to do.
- Join a support group.
- Invest in a reputable curriculum unless you have a lot of time to sift through opinions before you start.
- Believe in yourself. You’ve already taught your child thus far: walking, talking, potty training, colors, animals, plants, coloring, . . .
- Take your time and be flexible.
- Make a pro/con list to gauge your own feelings.
- Read your state’s homeschooling material (laws or regulations) and make sure you understand them.
- Try to start during the summer for a few hours so that when school starts the routine will already be set.
- Jump in and do it!
Copyright 2006, Valerie Bonham Moon
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