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    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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    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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    Social Skills and Homeschooling: Myths and Facts
    Social Skills and Homeschooling: Myths and FactsIsabel Shaw The DebateI've heard it a hundred times. If you're thinking about homeschooling, it probably troubles you. "What about socialization?" is the major homeschooling question people hav...
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    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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    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...
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    Establishing Schedules and Curriculum
    Creating and Maintaining a Homeschool Calendar and Schedule
    Creating and Maintaining a Homeschool Calendar and ScheduleNow that you know how many days of instruction (school days) you will have in a year, when the school year will start, and when the breaks will be, you are ready to create your homeschool...
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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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    Connecting with Other Homeschoolers (You Probably Know Some Already)
    Connecting with Other Homeschoolers (You Probably Know Some Already)Connecting with other homeschoolers probably won't be as hard as you imagine – it is likely that you already know several homeschoolers even if you don't know that you do. Just ...
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    Establishing Schedules and Curriculum
    Planning Your Homeschool Year
    Planning Your Homeschool YearAfter you have determined the number of days in your school year, you will need to decide how you want to achieve that number of days by planning your school year. You know that the year has 365 days available for sch...
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    Understanding Why a Homeschool Network Is So Important
    Understanding Why a Homeschool Network Is So ImportantThere are many reasons you should build a network of homeschool people with whom you interact regularly:Encouragement and support. There's nothing like being able to share the joys and frustra...
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    Legal Guidelines for Homeschooling
    Can My Child Be Homeschooled and Attend Public School?
    As long as your daughter is enrolled in a public school, even part-time, she must continue to meet that school's specific requirements. The advantages of homeschooling will be nullified. ...
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    Establishing Schedules and Curriculum
    Defining Your Homeschool Year
    Defining Your Homeschool YearIn order to start the process of lesson planning, you need to know how much time you are planning for; in other words, what is a school year for your homeschool? First, determine the total number of school days in yo...
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    Monitoring Legal Activity Regarding Homeschooling
    Monitoring Legal Activity Regarding HomeschoolingIt is a fact of life that education legislation changes frequently, and this can impact homeschooling. At any point in time, there is usually various legislative and legal activity occurring in sev...
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    Establishing Schedules and Curriculum
    What Are Lesson Plans for Homeschooling and Why Are They Important?
    What Are Lesson Plans for Homeschooling and Why Are They Important?A lesson plan breaks down a curriculum for a topic into "pieces" and relates those pieces to a student for a specific period of time. In other words, a lesson plan is a map that s...
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    Homeschooling and Socialization
    Does Homeschooling Affect Social Skills?
    Homeschooling generally has a positive impact on social skills. Homeschooled kids are not subjected to the peer pressure, violence, drugs, and other negative influences found in today's schools. ...
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    Legal Guidelines for Homeschooling
    Notifying the State About Your Homeschool and Documenting Legal Requirements
    Notifying the State About Your Homeschool and Documenting Legal RequirementsAll states except those in the "Least Regulation" category require that you provide some sort of notification that you are homeschooling your children. Make sure that you...