Well, the first question would be why do you want to home school? Do you feel that there is too much religion, or too little or not the right kind? Do you think the education is bad? Do you think all the kids would have a bad influance on your kids? Is the school system failing in general? Does your DS have special health needs?<br><br><a href="http://www.gomilpitas.com/homeschooling/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.gomilpitas.com/homeschooling/index.htm</a> TRhis is a very good site that can help you with mapping out where you want to go with HSing : D<br><br>
The above mentioned website can also help you find HS'ers in your area. It is never too early to start going to their park days & getting to talk to other <span style="text-decoration:underline;">real live people</span> .<br><br>
Personally; I really enjoy how we bounce ideas off of each other.
There's a book called "The Homeschooling Book of Answers" by Linda Dobson that might be a help to you. It helped me a lot in the beginning.<br><br><a href="http://www.home-ed-magazine.com/" target="_blank">Home Education Magazine</a> is an excellent inclusive homeschooling magazine that might help you as well.
I'd encourage you to learn about children's learning styles and watch to see which way your own child will learn best before you make a homeschooling style decision. We are very unschooly in nature, yet we have workbooks and a semi-schedule resembling classical around for ds, because that's what he loves and thrives with. His 3yo sister is very different, we will take a different approach with her than we have with him. Ds is a strong visual/auditory learner, where dd is a very strong tactile learner. If I took the same approach with both of them one of them would be very frustrated.
CONSIDER THE LILIES<br><br>
are you wasting today fretting about tomorrow?<br><br>
back isues of GROWING WITHOUT SCHOOLING. no longer published but still very popular at our library. all parent and student testimonial. excellent, encouraging.<br><br><br>
call the waldorf school and ask them to send you the brochure THE WALDORF KINDERGARTEN. this will calm your curriculum anxiety. studies about child development and learning in this age group. the more large motor activity at 5,6,7, the smarter at 10.<br><br>
also BETTER LATE THAN EARLY, by dorothy and raymond moore.<br><br>
first things first.<br><br>
I know how overwhelming homeschooling research can be. Eventually you will figure out which path will be best for you and your children. I do suggest checking out local support groups and finding out what works for other homeschoolers. Another good resource is usually the vendor halls at the homeschooling conferences. It was nice to see for myself what some of the books and curriculum were like, instead of just reading a description online.<br><br>
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