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Old 08-18-2005, 03:10 PM
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Deciding to Homeschool

Deciding to Homeschool

by Susan Wilkins-Hubley
Switching to the homeschool environment is one of the biggest decisions a mother can make for her child. The decision can stem from a variety of reasons; bad "school" experiences, bad "teacher experiences", an educated decision can come about if you have researched homeschooling before your children ever need to enter school.

Deciding to homeschool is more than choosing the cirriculum or the books or the subject matter, it a lifestyle choice and it can not be taken lightly. Choosing to educate your children at home can be one of the best decisions you can make, but if you have chosen homeschooling out of anger or sour grapes, without doing YOUR homework, it can fail, and fail miserably.

Make sure you know what to expect from yourself and from your children. Read! Read any books you can find about homeschooling. There are many styles of homeschooling and you can adapt to one or more styles to suit your family. There are no hard and fast rules for homeschooling. Also find out about stae/province regulations, and make sure that you are able to adhere to them. Most states/provinces are quite reasonable.

Also try to realize your child's learning styles, this will have a great impact on your success in homeschooling. Make sure you have a goal in mind while homeschooling. Homeschooling can take many forms, some which you will agree and disagree with. Homeschooling can be field trips, hands on learning in the back yard, museum trips, story writing, computer work, cooking, shopping, gardening and more.

Homeschoolers need NOT sit at the kitchen table for X amount of hours drilling the multiplication tables. More creative ways to teach and guide your children can be both fun and effective without becoming monotonous and boring for both you and the child.

Homeschooling can become a very rewarding experience for those who are committed and firm in their beliefs to homeschool. Be sure you are homeschooling for the right reasons!

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