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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 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 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

o   Practical Homeschooling

o   The Old Schoolhouse

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

o   A Beka Books

o   Bob Jones University Press

o   Answers in Genesis

o   Rainbow Resources

o   Lifetime Books and Gifts

o   Christian Books Distributors

o   Veritas Press

o   Trivium Pursuit

         Join Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).


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.

         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.]