I will not say i am new to HSing because i have been teaching my dd since she was small. she is gifted. i guess you would say i started HSing when she was about 1. she is amost 8 and my ds is 3.5. we would be labled unschooling. my children do "school work" but they are the ones wanting to do it.
1-just go with the flow, you can be using different forms of homeschooling at one. this is your school, pick and choose what you like and use it. this is your world there is no right and wrong.
2-unless you "have to" dont follow grades, advance them when they know and keep them at the same if they dont.
3- dont rush if it takes 2 years or more to learn it, it just means that their brain is not ready.
4-every child learns at a different pace and in a different way. if they dont grasp it one way try a different method.
5-i say no box sets. you can not skip up or down grades when they are packaged for one grade level.
6-if it everything in your HSing world is not working take out what is not working and try something else.
7-you can NOT mess up your child or HSing
8-always remember schools and homeschools have nothing in comon. you dont need to take summers off, you dont need to learn 5 days a week, you dont need to X hours a day. remember schools have lots of fillers in them. 20 min of hs is more then a child may learn in a whole day at school.
9-learning does not happen between set hours! follow when they are most willing to do things (mine do their hs in the night before going to bed)
10-learning starts at birth and ends when we die. everyday in between we are learning. it is easy to do HSing with a mix of ages because you can put the younger one to do their HSing work as well which can be almost anything because they are still part of the HS learning
and not left out.
11-try to know what you will want buy look around find the one you love then try to get it on sale or used. always watch for what is the weekly sales and what is on clearance.
12-dont be afarid so say "i dont know" because i think our children must know that everyone can not know everything, but you must say "lets learn it together/lets find out". (internet seaches are big here)
13-my most important tip is ASK THEM!
they know what interests them, they know what they want to learn. when they are part of the desiding and the picking they want to learn