• School and Learning
    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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    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 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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    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...
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    Homeschooling Groups
    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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    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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    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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    Legal Guidelines for Homeschooling
    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
    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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    Reading Activities
    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...
    Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.
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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...
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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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    Legal Guidelines for Homeschooling
    Determining the Legal Requirements for Your School System or Local Government
    Determining the Legal Requirements for Your School System or Local GovernmentIf you live in a state that requires some type of oversight of your homeschool by the local school system, you will need to figure out exactly what that means for your h...
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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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    How to Homeschool
    Creating Storage and Archive Areas for Your Homeschool
    Creating Storage and Archive Areas for Your HomeschoolFrom the textbooks you include in your curricula to supporting resources such as videotapes and DVDs to completed projects and homeschool documentation, you will need to handle lots of "stuff"...
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    Legal Guidelines for Homeschooling
    What Has Your State Government or Local School System Got to Do with Homeschool?
    What Has Your State Government or Local School System Got to Do with Homeschool?Although the general requirements regarding education are laid out at the federal level, public education is mostly the responsibility of state and local governments....
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    Establishing Schedules and Curriculum
    Adding Audio-Visual Equipment to Your Homeschool Classroom
    Adding Audio-Visual Equipment to Your Homeschool ClassroomThere are thousands of DVDs, videotapes, cassettes, and audio CDs available today that you will find valuable additions to your curriculum. These include documentaries on DVD, such as Ken ...