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Started in Homeschooling~
very first thing I did, to get started in homeschooling, was go to my
library and check out every book I could find on homeschooling.
are fortunate in that there are now many more books on homeschooling
when I first started looking in 1994/95. Take notes as you read
write down questions you may have. Keep a notebook for your
research. There is so much information to take in. A
helps you remember things and keep your thoughts organized.
in your notebook a page for positives of homeschooling and a page for
of homeschooling. This list will be different for each family
on what is important to you. To find a list of books I have found
very helpful see my Books to Read
will want to find other homeschoolers in your area. Look for a
support group and see if you can attend a meeting. The people you
meet will be very helpful in offering advice specific to the area you
in. Each province/state has different regulations and
and you will want to know them for your area. A local support
will also provide opportunities for your children in regards to field
socialization and other resources. You can find wonderful
friends in a support group. To look for support in your area try
starting with these pages: Canada
-- United States
homeschool curriculum suppliers will provide a catalogue to you free of
charge. There is a lot of helpful information in these catalogues
as well as wonderful resources to choose from. Most companies
have online catalogues that you can look through. It is wise to
over all the resources available before ordering. You can also
other homeschoolers for opinions on what they have found helpful.
You can find a list of curriculum suppliers here.
is an abundance of information on homeschooling on the internet.
Each site offers a new perspective and great helps. In addition
websites you can also find many email support groups. Follow this
to a page of my favourite homeschool websites, especially those that
great for getting started in homeschooling.
the time you have followed the first four steps you will have begun to
develop a sense of how you would like to homeschool your
This would be a good time to write out a philosophy of education for
family. This may change over time, as mine has, but it will help
you set goals and plans for the year. Revise your philosophy each
year to match your current thoughts and desires. This can be in
form of an educational mission statement.