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    Motivating Homeschooled Children
    Using Unit Studies in Homeschooling
    Using Unit Studies in HomeschoolingUnit studies are a special kind of curricula because they combine multiple subjects into one curriculum. You then teach all those topics by using the single unit study. Unit studies are typically built around o...
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    Homeschooling Support
    What Is Needed from Your Spouse to Homeschool Successfully?
    What Is Needed from Your Spouse to Homeschool Successfully?A homeschool works best when one parent can be dedicated to the effort while the other fills the essential support roles. Because homeschooling requires such a major time commitment, the ...
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    Homeschooling and Socialization
    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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    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 Teaching Materials
    What Is Needed from You to Homeschool Successfully?
    What Is Needed from You to Homeschool Successfully?If you are going to be your homeschool's primary teacher, principal, janitor, and so on, homeschooling your children is a major commitment on your part. In terms of time alone, you can expect tha...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
    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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    The Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Child's Reading Skills
    Nothing is more important to academic achievement than being a good reader. Parents know their children best and can provide the one-on-one time and attention that will lead them to success in reading. Here is a list of ways to help your children...
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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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    Homeschooling Groups
    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
    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...