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FAQs

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How will homeschooling affect my family?

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Homeschooling can be life changing. Ideally, it creates personal growth for both parents and children. Parents get a second chance to discover your own special genius while helping their children discover theirs. Nothing you ever do will have a more profound effect on your child and your family's future as homeschooling.

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Am I qualified to homeschool?

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You are qualified to homeschool your children if you love to read to them, love to spend time with them, love to explore the world with them, love to see them learn new things and, most important, love them.

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How will I know if my child is learning?

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Children love to learn. It is as natural to them as breathing. They have an inborn hunger to explore the world and examine what is interesting and absorb new information like a sponge. They learn by following their interests, with one interest leading to another. This is the way we all learned as younger children and how as adults we learn after we leave school. Homeschooling families learn together and know that learning is a life-long process. While not always required by law, (depending on your state), we also encourage yearly evaluations to reassure yourself that they are “on track” academically!

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Is homeschooling legal?

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Homeschooling is legal everywhere in the United States, but homeschooling laws vary from state to state. The best way to find out what your State laws have to say about homeschooling is to contact your state homeschool organization.

In Florida, the state homeschool organization is FPEA, Florida Parent Educator's Association, www.fpea.com.

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How many hours a day must I teach my child?

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Again, laws vary from state to state as far as hourly requirements, but It does not always have to take six to eight hours a day to homeschool your child. Most of the time children spend at school consists of waiting. Do your homework. Consult with other homeschoolers with similar aged children. Then design a plan that works for your family. Be prepared to scratch it several times and start over! It takes a while to find your groove. There are many ways families homeschool; find what works for you and your family. The best way to do that is to plug into a support group like FCH, with LOTS of homeschoolers to collaborate with! 

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What about socialization?

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Your child will not become a social misfit. Quite the opposite, children do not need to be socialized in a large group of same-age children to become well adjusted socially. Most parents want their children to learn their social graces from adults, not other children. Homeschoolers have healthy relationships with people of all ages from the retired couple next door to their soccer coach. They can enjoy friends at 4-H, scouting, dance, martial arts or any other activity as well as older and younger siblings of friends too! For older students, whose school schedules are a bit more time consuming, FCH offers our local member families monthly student activities in the evening hours, just for them! For our National Member families, we're looking at adding some online social clubs for students (depending on interest, availability and participation). 

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What if I don't know how to teach a subject?

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It is not necessary to teach pre-algebra, biology, or chemistry to ten year olds unless you CHOOSE to do so way before it's time. When your teen decides to become a scientist or is ready to explore the requirements of college admission, together you will explore the ways they can learn the necessary higher-level academics. There are PLENTY of folks homeschooling in the upper grades, so GETTING CONNECTED is your first line of defense. Find out what's available to you. On-line courses, easy-to-teach curriculum, dual enrollment options and tutors abound!  And these are just a few of the options available to you! So TAKE HEART! You can do this! The FCH Fellowship is FILLED with member families that have graduated their students successfully after homeschooling through high school. YOU CAN TOO! 

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My kids won't listen to me. How can I do this?

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You will question yourself a lot, maybe several times a day in the beginning. This is normal. But discipline will be an important part of your homeschool day. Find a fellow homeschooling friend and support each other. Tell each other that it's okay to sometimes feel that your children didn't seem to learn anything on a given day but Mom is still in charge! Would you rather rule over your homeschool day or have your homeschool day rule over you? Get connected to other homeschooling families to hear what works and what doesn't. Our struggles are very similar.

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Can I afford to homeschool? Isn't curriculum expensive?

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Homeschooling materials have come a long way in the past few years. Our options now extend beyond private school curricula and used textbooks. Packaged curriculum can cost a few dollars to many hundreds of dollars. Used products are often available at used curriculum sales, online or from other homeschool families. There are many options and resources available if you just get connected and look around!

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Can children really learn outside a classroom?

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Trust in your child. They learned how to love, smile, crawl, walk, talk, run, dress themselves, and understand their world before starting school, and they can continue to grow and learn outside a formal classroom setting. Just you wait and see!