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© 2011 Vicki Lewis

1.   Know why you are home schooling. What are your reasons?

 

2. Spend time in prayer with God.

·         Tell Him all your hopes and fears for the coming year.

·         Ask for insight into each child you plan on teaching.

·         Ask Him to supply all that you need in order to home educate.

·         Ask Him to make you the parent and teacher He wants you to be.

·         Thank Him for going before you every step of the way!

 

3. Know the current law regarding home schooling in the US state in which you reside.

·         Obtain a copy of the law at http://www.youcanhomeschool.org/starthere/info.asp. Click on “Legal Homeschool Options.”

·         Have a current copy of the law and read it through carefully.

·         Know what the law requires of you.

·         Know what the law does not require of you.

·         Be vigilant about the law so this educational option will remain.

 

4. Get support in place.

·         The support of other like-minded families is vital.

·         Connect with a state level Christian homeschooling organization at http://www.youcanhomeschool.org/starthere/info.asp. Click on “State Homeschool Organizations.”

·         Join a local home school support group. Check with your state homeschool organization for this information.

·         Check out home education magazines in print and online.

o   The Teaching Home http://www.teachinghome.com

o   Practical Homeschooling http://www.practicalhomeschooling.com

o   The Old Schoolhouse http://thehomeschoolmagazine.com

·         Get your name on the mailing lists or email newsletters of curriculum/resource providers.

o   A Beka Books http://www.abeka.com

o   Bob Jones University Press http://www.bjupresshomeschool.com

o   Answers in Genesis http://www.answersingenesis.org

o   Rainbow Resources http://www.rainbowresource.com

o   Lifetime Books and Gifts http://www.shoplbg.com

o   Christian Books Distributors www.christianbook.com

o   Veritas Press http://www.veritaspress.com

o   Trivium Pursuit http://www.triviumpursuit.com

·         Join Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). www.hslda.org

 

5. If you are removing your child from a conventional/government school....

·         Realize that this will require adjustment time for student and teacher.

·         Focus on family, faith, and character issues first.

·         Individualize academics to meet needs.

·         May need to ease into a full schedule.

·         Restore enthusiasm for learning.

 

6. Determine your child’s academic level(s).

·         List the subjects you plan to teach.

·         Decide if your child is on grade level, below grade level, or above grade level in each subject.

 

7. Choose curriculum materials.

·         Read curriculum review manuals. http://cathyduffyreviews.com

·         Become acquainted with a variety of curricula and approaches.

·         Choose the curriculum methods/materials for each subject.

·         If you do not like the material, neither you nor your child will use it!

·         Purchase curriculum materials and basic school supplies.

·         Remember, you are a “home” before you are a “school.”

 

8. Create learning space at home.

·         Decide where you will “do” school in your home.

·         Decide how you will organize books, papers, pencils, globes, etc.

·         Each child needs a place for working/storage--so does the parent.

 

9. Establish structure.

·         Establish a yearly school calendar.

·         Determine a weekly and a daily schedule.

·         Plan to include your babies and toddlers.

 

10. Get started!

·         Plan your start date.

·         No amount of preparation will be perfect!

·         Even veteran home schooling parents are still learning!

·         Work your plans, but be willing to be flexible.

·         Pray constantly.

·         Trust God for the results.

[Web links accessed 3 April 2011.]