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    Homeschooling Support
    Homeschooling Isn't New: A Brief History of Education
    Homeschooling Isn't New: A Brief History of EducationIt is useful to put homeschool in a somewhat historical perspective. Because of the pervasiveness of public and institutional education over the past 100 years or so, it is easy to think that t...
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    Establishing Schedules and Curriculum
    Building the Curricula You Will Use to Homeschool
    Building the Curricula You Will Use to HomeschoolAlthough the list of subjects is what you will teach, the curricula are how you will teach those subjects. You will need a curriculum for each subject for each student for each year. What Is a Cur...
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    Homeschooling vs. Public School
    Learn where to find statistical information on homeschooling versus public schooling. ...
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    What Is Homeschool?
    What Is Homeschool?At its core, the concept behind homeschooling is really quite simple: Parents accept total responsibility for the education of their children rather than transferring the bulk of this responsibility to an institution (usually a...
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    Establishing Schedules and Curriculum
    Homeschooling: Determining Each Child's Current Education Level
    Homeschooling: Determining Each Child's Current Education LevelThe idea here is to get a relative baseline of where your child stands in terms of grade year. This will help you determine the topics you need to teach and the resources you will use...
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    Establishing Schedules and Curriculum
    Including Vacations in Your Homeschool
    Including Vacations in Your HomeschoolFor homeschool families, vacations are often the ultimate field trip. The great thing about using a vacation as a field trip is that your kids will be learning without even realizing it! There are many ways t...
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    Homeschooling Teaching Materials
    Free Worksheets for Eighth Grade
    You've come to the right place! Family Education Network has free worksheets, games, and activities for your eighth-grader. ...
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    Book Finder
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    How to Homeschool
    Preparing for Homeschool
    Preparing for HomeschoolHomeschool, like traditional schools, is based on a year period of time for planning and assessment purposes; progress through a student's education is measured by grade level. There is lots of work you need to do to prepa...
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    Establishing Schedules and Curriculum
    Documenting a Field Trip
    Documenting a Field TripBefore you take a field trip, think of some ways to document your field trip. This is useful for documentation purposes and it can be useful for follow-up work that you might require your students to complete, such as a fi...
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    Homeschooling Support
    Participating in Homeschool Conventions, Conferences, and Seminars
    Participating in Homeschool Conventions, Conferences, and SeminarsHomeschool conventions, conferences, and seminars are a great way to expand both your knowledge of homeschooling and your personal homeschool network. These activities generally of...
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    How to Homeschool
    Homeschooling Teens
    Homeschooling TeensThe Whys, and the Must-Haves The idea of homeschooling through high school can be scary. Parents tell me, "I could never homeschool my teen - I barely got through some of my own high school classes!" But homeschool advocates a...
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    Homeschooling and Socialization
    Helping a Homeschooled Child Keep in Touch with School Friends
    Helping a Homeschooled Child Keep in Touch with School FriendsIf your child has been in an institutional school for awhile, he probably has some friends. Removing a child from the school environment obviously presents challenges for your child ma...
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    Homeschooling Groups
    Getting Involved with Homeschool Associations
    Getting Involved with Homeschool AssociationsMost states have a homeschool association. Most of these associations serve several purposes, such as representing the needs of homeschoolers with state government leaders, influencing the legislative ...
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    Transitioning to Homeschooling
    Understanding the Reasons for Transitioning from "Regular" School to Homeschool
    Understanding the Reasons for Transitioning from "Regular" School to HomeschoolIf your child is already in school and you have decided to homeschool him or her, your reasons for doing so probably fall into one of the following two categories:My c...
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    Establishing Schedules and Curriculum
    Homeschooling: Choosing the Subjects You Will Teach in a School Year
    Homeschooling: Choosing the Subjects You Will Teach in a School YearThe first step in planning your school year is to select the subjects that you will be teaching each student during the upcoming year; the subjects define what you are going to t...
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    Baby Names
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    Finding Homeschooling Mentors
    Finding Homeschooling MentorsOne of the best relationships that you can cultivate is with one or more homeschool mentors – a mentor is simply someone who has more experience with homeschooling than you do (hopefully quite a bit more), who is wil...