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New to Homeschooling

I really like the way http://blog.homeschoolstyleco.com/ put this. From her website:

"I was not homeschooled growing up, and was in the camp of NEVER considering it an option (and thinking my friends who did were crazy). However, once my son was kindergarten-age, I felt a strong calling from God that I knew I couldn’t ignore.

I knew that there would be sacrifices and challenges, but I never could have imagined the blessings that would have followed and how my heart would be changed. My “why” for homeschooling was first obedience to the Lord, and to ensure my kids would have a great education. Over these short years, I have seen our family relationships grow stronger; I have been able to help my kids learn at their own pace in ways that work best for them. I have been given the opportunity to disciple their hearts and help instill a love of learning (a work in progress)."

Give your kids the freedom to learn and grow. We believe every child is unique. That children should learn in ways that meet their needs. And that you want the best for your child. Homeschooling gives you the freedom to personalize their education so they can realize their potential.

Choosing to homeschool is a big decision, it will require sacrifice and discipline. But you can do it, and you are qualified. The benefits far outweigh the cost and you will never regret the time you are investing in your children's lives. I highly recommend finding other homeschoolers to connect with, for moral support, being able to bounce ideas off of and to get advice. There are many resources to help you along the way, many I have shared here in our Links Section.

Here are some links to help you decide and know how to move forward.

Exploring Homeschooling

Starting Strong

Once you know your children's learning styles and your teaching style you can go to Cathy Duffy Homeschool Reviews to learn about great curriculums and help you decide.

Before you begin to homeschool or withdrawal your students you need to submit a Letter of Intent to your School District. Know the requirements to Homeschool in MA will walk you through it. You can get more info here. http://www.mhla.org/information/gettingstarted/thirteenpoints.htm

If you want more personalized assistance with getting started and picking materials. I also offer private one on one consultations. More details on the page Ask the Expert.

Here is Quiz to help you identify your teaching style Discovering Your Homeschool Style Quiz - Homeschool Compass

Some books to help you get started are:

Product DetailsEducating the WholeHearted Child -- by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson

Product Details102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy