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4/1/11 9:02 P

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My advice? Keep it simple, sweetheart. The below advice was awesome, but actually ALMOST looks intimidating. Teaching your kids at home is a s simple as ABC, and if you look into HSLDA and the other great places suggested, they will probably tell you the same thing. Simple! There are a couple things I noticed in Life. #1 When I was in highschool, Biology was required. (keep in mind that I took general courses, not college prep. ) My husband, though we lived in the same county, did NOT have to take Biology. So, if it's so dang important, why wouldn't it be across the board? The fact is, WE need to choose what WE think is important. Biology CAN be important, but it's a fact that I remember nothing of it.
#2. Another thing I noticed about our Bob Jones History and Science curriculum. The younger grades (1st- 4th maybe) are B O R I N G !!!! You can easily give an outstanding History class just by getting books from the library. Since I'm a Christian, I would actually look the subjects up in a Christian Catalog. My sister gets the catalogs, then finds the books she would love to have, then looks them up on the library's online list. Good idea!
It is waaaaay too easy to be intimidated by what you THINK is needed and don't even realize that you are surpassing the expectations. I went ahead and bought the History books and thought I'd use them more like a guide, see what's next and then go find an interesting way to study it. :D
The requirements for Ohio are general. You need to 'promise' to teach Language Arts (like, reading, spelling, handwriting, grammar, creative writing.), Mathematics, Science, U.S. Government, and History, World History/Geography, Health, Music/Art, Phys Ed. YOU get to choose when and how you want to do that.
Having a plan is mostly what they look for. They want to see that you are purposing to educate your child. And they want to see progress, but even that is at the child's pace, not someone else's.
It's easy.
If you are a Christian, you would probably appreciate Vision Forum. I think they are in Texas. www.visionforum.org (I think.) They have AWESOMELY COOL resources for building up Manly Men.
Btw, I have 9 children, ages 17- almost 5. I homeschooled from the beginning.
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4/1/11 4:30 P

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Oooooo, Texas is one of the easiest states to homeschool in. Also, TDENEEK mention at-home charter schools. Texas does have them, but I don't know if they take mid-year enrollments. They are called "Texas Virtual School" and you can do a web search to find some websites.

However, I will add that you don't need an at-home charter school in order to be successful, and since Texas is such an easy state to homeschool in going through the virtual school will end up requiring more record keeping and work on your part than just doing it yourself.

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4/1/11 4:17 P

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There are LOTS of resources for homeschooling free or almost free online.

Your first stop should be to know the laws and regulations regarding homeschooling in your state. Home School Legal Defense Association is the best place for information on all the states that I know of. Find your state on this page and read up on it. www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp Some states have more strenuous requirements than others, and if you live in one of the strenuous ones that require things like quarterly reviews and such, then I highly suggest that you seek out local homeschoolers or the state homeschool organization for more specific advice on how to go about meeting the requirements. Just be aware that most school officials are ignorant on the homeschooling laws, so you must be more informed than they are because they can steer you wrong.

Next you need to know what your son needs to know, and there are free online resources for this too. One is the Core Knowledge Sequence that you can download here books.coreknowledge.org/home.php?cat
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Another scope and sequence list is WorldBook's Typical Course of Study here www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-
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Lastly, many states and/or school districts put their "course of study" or "scope and sequence" online. Look for it. As you read these over, however, notice that they don't all agree, especially in the non-sequential topics like History (aka Social Studies) and Science. In these subject areas you can branch out beyond what is listed and go after your own interests or by what fun-looking things you can find online.

The Heart of the Matter online homeschool magazine just recently had an article, chock full of links, on homeschooling for free or nearly free. Check it out. heartofthematteronline.com/homeschoo
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Also, see what you can find at your local library. Since homeschoolers use the library a lot more than non-homeschoolers (on average), many libraries cater to us. I've seen curriculum books, such as First Language Lessons, Five in a Row, Life of Fred, and others available for check out at libraries. Don't forget to look at your local college library too. Many of them allow anyone to get a card (or your husband could use his, since he's a student) and if they offer education degrees they may have lots of school materials. Our college library has an entire room that looks like an elementary school library for their education degree students to use but also for anyone with a library card to use as well.

Lastly, I would just like to say you are such a great mother for even considering this drastic change. It angers me that our society expects our children to just "deal with it" about things that if it were adults doing it they would be arrested. Not acceptable is not acceptable. Period. No, I'm not suggesting we arrest 3rd graders, but if school officials came down hard and consistently on bullying it would stop.

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4/1/11 3:39 P

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Oops, I'm in a small town in Texas. I forgot to say that earlier emoticon

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4/1/11 2:54 P

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There are sometimes charter schools that allow you to enroll with them, but teach your child at home. They will help provide you with curriculum and sometimes even a computer and printer/scanner if you are accepted. You pair up with a teacher and have to submit monthly reports and do a year end review but you can choose how you want to teach your child. I don't know what state you live in, but I know of friends in a couple of different states that have similar programs.

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4/1/11 2:36 P

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Hi, I'm Tracy, 37 wife and mother of 3 boys. My youngest has being having an issue of being bullied at school and I am tired of it. He is in the 3rd grade and has been bullied at this school since kindergarten, with no change from the school authorities. Can anyone message me and help me out with how to start homeschooling him on a very strict budget. I'm a stay at home mom and my husband is in college.

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